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.