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The Ramage Touch [Paperback]

Dudley Pope
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Oct. 23 2000 Ramage (Book 8)
The Ramage Touch finds the ever-popular Lord Ramage in the Mediterranean with another daring mission to undertake. He soon makes a shocking discovery that dramatically transforms the nature of the task at hand. With the nearest English vessel a thousand miles away, Ramage must embark upon a truly perilous and life-threatening course of action. With everything stacked against him, he has only one chance to succeed.

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"All the verve and expertise of Forester." -- The Observer

"Expert Knowledge of naval history." -- Guardian

Takes over the helm from Hornblower. -- Daily Mirror --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Dudley Pope is well known both as the creator of the Ramage novels and as a distinguished naval historian. Pope falsified his age in order to enlist in the British Merchant Navy during World War II. In action, his ship was torpedoed and he spent 14 days at sea in an open lifeboat. After being discharged due to the injuries he received, he worked as the naval and defense correspondent at the London Daily News. He turned to writing fiction at the urging of C. S. Forester, who viewed Pope as his creative heir. Author of ten scholarly works as well as the 18 books in the Ramage series, Dudley Pope died in 1997. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Back to Tuscany Jan. 19 2002
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Making landfall off the Tuscan coast of Italy (familiar to readers of the very first Ramage novel as the home of his love), Capt. Ramage's frigate Calypso falls in with two French bomb vessels. With the discovery the t wo vessels were to join frigate transports for a secret invasion plan, Ramage's eyes light with new possibilities for applying his devastating but low-casualty "touch" to discomfit Napoleon. Can he discover the destination? He becomes a gypsy spy, attacks a harbor, and chases a frigate, all in pursuit of this goal. His cruise in the Mediterranean is to be continued in the next volume (Ramage's Signal).
More deliberately paced than, say, Alexander Kent's swashbuckling Bolitho series, Pope wrote two major actions to Kent's typical five. Pope includes short didactic pieces, which slow the narrative but contribute to the depth of the story. For example, in the middle of this volume (and to build suspense) is an entertaining section on the handling of Calypso's anchors, and later the commands necessary for setting sail. This series is easier than others for the novice to follow, whereas the Bolitho is for those seeking pure action.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Back to Tuscany Jan. 19 2002
By tertius3 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Making landfall off the Tuscan coast of Italy (familiar to readers of the very first Ramage novel as the home of his love), Capt. Ramage's frigate Calypso falls in with two French bomb vessels. With the discovery the t wo vessels were to join frigate transports for a secret invasion plan, Ramage's eyes light with new possibilities for applying his devastating but low-casualty "touch" to discomfit Napoleon. Can he discover the destination? He becomes a gypsy spy, attacks a harbor, and chases a frigate, all in pursuit of this goal. His cruise in the Mediterranean is to be continued in the next volume (Ramage's Signal).
More deliberately paced than, say, Alexander Kent's swashbuckling Bolitho series, Pope wrote two major actions to Kent's typical five. Pope includes short didactic pieces, which slow the narrative but contribute to the depth of the story. For example, in the middle of this volume (and to build suspense) is an entertaining section on the handling of Calypso's anchors, and later the commands necessary for setting sail. This series is easier than others for the novice to follow, whereas the Bolitho is for those seeking pure action.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Misprint??? June 26 2009
By Working Nights - Published on Amazon.com
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As with all Pope's novels in the Ramage series, an enjoyable read, not his best, but enjoyable all the same. My only concern was that the copy that I recieved had Chapter Four all scrambled up. The first page carried on following the previous chapter, then proceeded to go onto ramblings of the First Lt for half the chapter, and then switched to Mid Orisini reading the instructions for the mortar firing. All in all more than a bit disconcerting. I had to read the Chapter twice and double check that the pages were correctly numbered. After that the book went fairly well.
As a serious reader I persisted, but I could see where a non serious reader may have given up or been turned off at reading more from an outstanding author and historian. I can only hope that my copy was a misprint and not a sample of the book publishers art.
5.0 out of 5 stars RAMAGE March 2 2014
By Edward N. Schweitzer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
YOU START BY READING ONE OF THESE NOVELS AND YOU HAVE AN IMMEDIATE ADDICTION. YOU WILL END UP READING ALL 18, I GAURANTEE/
3.0 out of 5 stars Naval Adventures - the second tier Dec 2 2013
By Geoff Burton - Published on Amazon.com
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The only downside to theses engaging stories is that the daring do is a bit over the top. Its as if the author has collected the best individual naval actions and made them more daring and all done by the same man. Still its a good way to while away a long flight.

The stories are will told but do not compare with C S Forester or Patrick O'brien
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! July 2 2013
By Matthew Rayle - Published on Amazon.com
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A truly great read and worth every penny! I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys naval and historical fiction!
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