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Second to None [Paperback]

Alexander Kent
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April 3 2007
June 1815: On the eve of Waterloo, a sense of finality and cautious hope pervade a nation wearied by decades of war. But peace will present its own challenge to Captain Adam Bolitho who is mourning the death of his uncle Admiral Sir Richard. More than ever, Adam finds himself alone at the dawning of a new age for the Royal Navy.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book / Great Delivery Jan. 30 2014
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars A good book May 3 2001
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This novel is well written. Reading it is a joy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Adam Bolitho comes to the fore Aug. 25 2010
By N. Wallach - Published on Amazon.com
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars 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.
5.0 out of 5 stars The answers to questions are made clear in this novel. April 6 2014
By Marsha J Moeller - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacking! July 31 2013
By James Baumgardner - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Second To None (Bolitho) May 11 2013
By Jeremy Hugh Rorich - Published on Amazon.com
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Found that this book was exactly what was advertised, easy reading and enjoyable action.

Will carry on reading books by this author
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