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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: UK General Books (Feb. 17 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007389868
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007389865
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.1 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 540 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #425,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for the Masters of the Sea series: 'Strong characters, excellent action, Ship of Rome builds to a suberb climax' Conn Iggulden 'Peopled with characters both fictional and historical, this debut novel - the first in the Masters Of The Sea series - gives a fascinating and evocative insight into the high politics and military life of the times' Daily Mail 'This is a seriously entertaining book for anyone who enjoys stirring descriptions of ancient warfare. You can almost taste the salt, see the blood and hear the shouts and screams...John Stack is to be welcomed into the ranks of first-rate historical writers' Tuam Herald 'Crank up the testosterone, this one's a fighter!' U Magazine, Ireland

About the Author

John Stack was born and lives in County Cork. He has always wanted to write but has done a variety of jobs ending up in IT. He is married with three children, and is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling MASTERS OF THE SEA series.

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In 1587, Elizabeth I agreed to the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots for treason. This capped a period of intermittent conflict between Spain and England: partly a consequence of attacks by English ships on the gold-laden galleons of Spain, partly because of English support of the Protestant cause in the Netherlands, and partly for religious reasons. Following Mary's execution, Philip II of Spain vowed to invade England in order to place a Catholic monarch on the throne. In England, the English Lord High Admiral was Charles Howard, Earl of Nottingham. Amongst his subordinates, were Sir Francis Drake and John Hawkins.

In this novel, Robert Varian, the master of the `Retribution' is one of the officers under Drake's command in the navy. Robert Varian has a dangerous secret: he is a Catholic and if this is discovered, it would cost him his life. Robert has conflicting loyalties: to his religion, to Queen Elizabeth, and to England.

In 1588, the Spanish Armada (a fleet of about 130 ships, containing 18,000 sailors and 8,000 soldiers) set sail for the Netherlands where it was to pick up additional troops for the invasion of England. `Armada' deals with the issues of politics, religion and warfare through the eyes of several different characters from both sides of the conflict. There is a clear sense of the dangers faced aboard ship, and Mr Stack brings both the characters and the battles they face to life.

`The men of the English navy were fighting to ensure an English monarch controlled the destiny of England.'

I enjoyed the novel, learned more than I'd previously known about the Armada and the challenges faced by both navies. And was left wondering what the outcome might have been if the weather hadn't changed.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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By Alta lake on July 23 2013
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I very much enjoyed all of John Stack's "Masters of the Sea" books and would recommend them unhesitatingly. Ripping yarns with a good basis of factual history. So I settled down to read this one with much anticipation - but as I turned the pages severe anti-climax set in. Far too much "religion", much of the "action" hardly credible - tho' his research on the Armada is very good (the epilogue was the best part of the book I thought).

On the plus side he obviously knows a lot about sailing ships. But that can be too much of a good thing, and after a while it becomes tedious.

2.5 stars, no more.
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Brilliant! Jan. 13 2012
By Aristotle S. Spencer - Published on Amazon.com
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John Stack has continued to assert his status as a top class author with his `Armada' novel. For me the book was brilliant in every conceivable way.

Set mainly in 1588, the Spanish Armada threatened English sovereignty and as the author has aptly stated `the future of one nation and the ambition of another would be decided and faith against faith, ship against ship, man against man,' at several battles fought at sea.

Spain at the time was the superpower in Europe. The Spanish felt that if the English could be crushed then the seas around Spain would be clear from such privateers as Drake. The execution of Mary Queen of Scots by the English Protestant Queen Elizabeth, gave the Spanish the added incentive to invade and restore the `rightful' faith of Catholicism to England.

John Stack fills his novel with great sea battles, a storyline that is riveting, characters one can readily connect with, stacks of details on ships, weaponry, firepower and naval tactics plus much more.

The novel is full of twists and turns, intrigue, subterfuge, adventure and pathos. The decisive battle at Gravelines on August 8th, 1588 was so well written that I felt fully immersed and part of it. The author captures well the pivotal factors of the lethal gunnery skills of the English and the elements of weather in shattering the fighting spirit of the Armada.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
`1587. Two nations are locked in bitter conflict. One strives for dominance, the other for survival.' April 16 2012
By Jennifer Cameron-Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In 1587, Elizabeth I agreed to the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots for treason. This capped a period of intermittent conflict between Spain and England: partly a consequence of attacks by English ships on the gold-laden galleons of Spain, partly because of English support of the Protestant cause in the Netherlands, and partly for religious reasons. Following Mary's execution, Philip II of Spain vowed to invade England in order to place a Catholic monarch on the throne. In England, the English Lord High Admiral was Charles Howard, Earl of Nottingham. Amongst his subordinates, were Sir Francis Drake and John Hawkins.

In this novel, Robert Varian, the master of the `Retribution' is one of the officers under Drake's command in the navy. Robert Varian has a dangerous secret: he is a Catholic and if this is discovered, it would cost him his life. Robert has conflicting loyalties: to his religion, to Queen Elizabeth, and to England.

In 1588, the Spanish Armada (a fleet of about 130 ships, containing 18,000 sailors and 8,000 soldiers) set sail for the Netherlands where it was to pick up additional troops for the invasion of England. `Armada' deals with the issues of politics, religion and warfare through the eyes of several different characters from both sides of the conflict. There is a clear sense of the dangers faced aboard ship, and Mr Stack brings both the characters and the battles they face to life.

`The men of the English navy were fighting to ensure an English monarch controlled the destiny of England.'

I enjoyed the novel, learned more than I'd previously known about the Armada and the challenges faced by both navies. And was left wondering what the outcome might have been if the weather hadn't changed.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A great topic and a great story March 9 2012
By JPS - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
First posted on Amazon.co.uk on 27 February 2012

This is a superb book. It is much better than the Master of the Seas series, if only because the author knows his topic better and has researched it extensively. In addition to good story telling, three points are outstanding in my view:
- one is the description of life in England under Elizabeth I, or rather how it must have felt to live in such a kingdom when you were a Catholic, even a loyal one. England under Elizabethe was a "police state". Dozens of plots to assassinate the Queen or rebel against her, most of which had foreign help from Spain, led to a reign where all Catholics became prime suspects.
- a related point was that the opposition between English "Protestants" (Church of England) and Catholics almost bordered on civil war at times, but the civil war never really broke out, unlike what happened in France during the same period. While this latter point is not really made, the impression of England on the brink of Civil War and on the verge of disaster as foreign invasion looms is rendered rather well
- the third strongpoint is the tale of the various engagements between the English and Spanish Fleets. This is probably were the author is at his best: the Armada is NOT "Invincible". Neither are the English. Drake is just one of the commanders, and more of a privateer out for his own advantage rahter than the "super-hero that he has been made into. One (small) criticism perhaps: our Varian hero, who does seem to be a bit of a "superhero" at times. But never mind: this was a superb read that I thoroughly enjoyed.
Great sea faring read and not a roman in sight June 5 2014
By Craig - Published on Amazon.com
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Enjoyed it , somewhat different than previous works all roman that I love.
This would make a great movie I reckon.
good book Aug. 6 2013
By jay yang - Published on Amazon.com
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easy to read(letters were big enough). good written book. IF you love history this is the book for you.I recommend this.

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