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Kydd: A Naval Adventure


Published to coincide with Scribner's hardcover publication of "Artemis, " the second volume in an 11-volume series, "Kydd" is at once a masterpiece ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.500

British Navy

by Jekyll on Feb 22, 2009

Have read all the Patrick O'Brien books and when I heard about this series was anxious to read. This book pertains more to the regular sailor as opposed to the officers. I look forward to the second in the series


Great New Series

by RoyW on May 11, 2007

This is the best new series for lovers of nautical fiction. In the tradition of Hornblower and O'Brien, Stockwin is following the career of a British naval officer throughout the Napoleonic Wars. The most unusual aspect of the series is that our hero starts before the mast and lives the life of an impressed landsman before gradually rising through the ranks and through society. Kydd is neither as wooden as Hornblower nor as human as Lewrie, but he is a well-developed character on whom to hang an excellent series. Lovers of naval technical language will be guaranteed to encounter terms you don't know, even if you have read all the way through Lenfesty's excellent dictionary (as I have). Those who eschew jargon may safely skim over the thingamajiggy without losing the flow of the plot. My fear is that I am devouring the series far faster than Stockwin is writing. I am almost considering rationing myself to one book a month. No sea dog's collection is complete without this series.

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