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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (April 3 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099497751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099497752
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 222 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #734,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Shipwreck, survival... a spirited battle... a splendid yarn" Times "One of our foremost writers of naval fiction" Sunday Times

About the Author

Douglas Reeman (Alexander Kent) did convoy duty in the Atlantic, the Arctic and the North Sea. He has written over thirty novels under his own name and more than twenty bestselling historical novels featuring Richard Bolitho under the pseudonym Alexander Kent.

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This book was for my husband and he was thrilled to read another in this series. The book arrived within days of being ordered and arrived in excellent condition.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 3 2001
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This novel is well written. Reading it is a joy.
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Adam Bolitho comes to the fore Aug. 25 2010
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The first part of this book is a dirge where everyone who is still left alive mourns the death of Richard Bolitho who was killed in action at the end of the previous book. And if the parallels between Bolitho and Nelson were not strong enough, we read the struggles of his mistress - and coincidentally of Nelson's mistress - to come to terms with her loss and what she should do next in her life.

After the first 100 or so pages, we get to the base of this volume - and it is rather thin from a plotting point of view. Adam Bolitho is now the star of the show and he is captaining frigate in the Mediterranean. The coast of Algeria is hazardous to shipping and Algerine pirates have a base of operations with the Dey of Algiers. Bolitho manages to destroy several nests of pirates using tricks that have been described in multiple volumes of this series as well as the Hornblower series and others. Then, of course, there is a command shift and a new admiral comes on board who does not like Bolitho for historical reasons (the uncle, not Adam) and so we have the semi-normal situation of a blow-hard, know-nothing, but well connected admiral with the admirably feisty and always correct frigate caption bailing him out - only to have more resentment reserved for Bolitho.

I rate this book only three stars because there is really nothing here. Adam Bolitho's adventures in the Med area repeat of Dick Bolitho's adventures. The naval engagements are told excitingly enough, but they are less believable than normal. The petty jealousies and revenge plays that keep intruding would be understandable in a small set of cases, but to have such happen in almost every book? Really? How could so many admirals be in command to hold back the worthy captains? Weren't all these admirals captains at one point and therefore know what their underlings are feeling? Also, we have the usual love affair where a woman spends one minute looking at Adam Bolitho and then throws herself at him disclaiming undying love - all the while being married to someone else. This has also been a repeated theme of too many books in this series. So, I'm disappointed to a certain extent and hope this was just a transitional book since the series has six or seven more volumes at the time of this writing.
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Not much swashbuckling, too much sappy introspection Sept. 2 2014
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Well, I have to read these novels to the end of the series, until death do us part. Because I got too involved with the characters, the development of which I did enjoy for the most part. But what drew me to the series was the action on the high seas and displays of cunning and sheer bravery by the main character, Richard Bolitho, amid the chaos of war. I look forward to more with Adam in other types of conflict, but I am growing tired of the constant and overly dramatic "profound" and "telling" inner workings of his mind and that of the other characters. Sometimes the author actually forwards the narrative with them, and depends on them to explain the turns of the plot; however they are often too brief and not clear enough to the reader (me, at least) to do much "telling". I get the feeling I am missing at least part of such an "explanation". One thing that I have definitely not appreciated has been the fact that almost every woman that either Richard or Adam has been involved with sexually was already married (or engaged, in one case). That in each instance the husband was unworthy of his wife doesn't excuse this because it's really almost every time. One gets the notion that the author himself gets some real kicks out of the idea of conquering another man's wife, which is a real turn-off for me. Oh, well, I've come this far, I can't quit now. And I do want to see Adam settle down with some nice girl like the lovely, and at least as far as we know now unmarried, Lowenna.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good addition to the series March 15 2010
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If you like the Bolitho series this is a good addition.

This is the first addition to the series after the death of Sir Richard and the series starts to focus on Adam Bolitho and his exploits. I guess an admiral's experiences aren't the stuff of swashbuckling fiction.

It's a decent read.
The answers to questions are made clear in this novel. April 6 2014
By Marsha J Moeller - Published on
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As this is the 24th book in this series that I have read, many things have become more clear regarding the lives and times of the people depicted in the series. If I were to recommend this to another interested reader, I would suggest that you read some of the first books of the Bolitho Novels. It will give you a chance to understand the political and social experiences of the people of the time. The book can stand alone as a good story, but having the knowledge of the characters' lives before this book is truly a rewarding experience.
Lacking! July 31 2013
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Chief character has switched from Richard Bolitho to his nephew Adam. Adam is a near double for Richard in looks, personality and character.