This review is from: Tenacious (Paperback)I finished reading TENACIOUS and must profess, I believe it to be Stockwin's best effort yet! The action sequences at the Nile are masterful, gripping and told me more about the Battle of the Nile than I ever knew before. I have read many accounts, but never with such clarity and strength and power.
The cast of characters in the series, grow with each book and Stockwin draws in some of my favorites from history, and makes them fit so naturally into the story, Stockwin keep them accurate to their character and personality.
I love the small details he includes, such as: the sword Kydd has made and the inclusion of the birds on the engraving of the blade and how he came by the gold to purchase it. His opening dinner in Halifax, including some of my own favorite dishes, is a prime example. Stockwin captures all of the confusion, danger and excitement of locating the French fleet in the Med., the storm and the battle to survive it and repair the fleet all on based on actual events, helps build excitement and suspense. I was very surprised with the side adventure to Acre and the seige. Sir Sydney Smith is a character from history, who's real life reads like a Hollywood script, and his inclusion is masterful and works so well. He never really recieved the attention in history or nautical fiction, that he was due.
I believe TENACIOUS will be the most successful in the series yet, taking nothing away from KYDD, SEAFLOWER, ARTEMIS, MUTINY or QUARTERDECK.....just it's a story very well written and very well told!
Location: Miramichi, NB, Canada
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