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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: 23.2 x 15.2 x 3.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 540 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #256,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Cameron-Smith TOP 50 REVIEWER on April 16 2012
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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
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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.
Great sea faring read and not a roman in sight June 5 2014
By Craig - Published on
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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
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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.
Excellent read May 5 2013
By Ken - Published on
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Well written with atmosphere of "suspense" ! A definite "page turner". I would like to read more from this author. I would recommend this book to all who enjoy "historical" fiction based on fact. I realised I was "living" the characters & feeling
all that they endured.
Armada, John Stack, author March 22 2013
By William H. Potter, Jr. - Published on
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Armada was great, but not as exciting and thrilling as his Roman Naval Trilogy. Would love to have him do more in this venue if not, perhaps a trilogy on the ancient Greek navy.

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