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Conquest Paperback – Sep 20 2011
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This heady adventure blends fact and fiction in rich, authoritative detail.―Nautical Magazine on VICTORY
Stockwin's descriptions of the bloody reality of naval combat 200 years ago are memorably vivid―Yorkshire Evening Post on VICTORY
Paints a vivid picture―Daily Express on KYDD
A born storyteller and a man with a vivid imagination . . . his research is accurate and first class.―Flagship on TREACHERY
More historically accurate than the Patrick O'Brien series―Royal Navy Sailing Association journal on the KYDD series
I was turning the pages almost indecently fast―Independent on KYDD
Another thundering good read for those who love seagoing stories in the Hornblower mould―Peterborough Evening Telegraph on TREACHERY
About the Author
Julian Stockwin was sent at the age of fourteen to Indefatigable, a tough sea-training school. He joined the Royal Navy at fifteen before transferring to the Royal Australian Navy, where he served for eight years in the Far East, Antarctic waters and the South Seas. In Vietnam he saw active service in a carrier task force.
After leaving the Navy (rated Petty Officer), Julian practised as an educational psychologist. He lived for some time in Hong Kong, where he was commissioned into the Royal Naval Reserve. He was awarded the MBE and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He now lives in Devon with his wife Kathy. More information can be found on his website at www.JulianStockwin.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Well that has changed. Renzi emerged from the shadows and did something worthwhile. I hope that he will continue to do so. As for the rest of the tale, well we see see a great piece of history but I seem to feel that we are being given a little less than a full story once more.
Perhaps Julian is not spending as much time as he should at his computer writing. Where was a great naval action. The one that there is, Kydd runs away in the middle giving us tension and drama, but in this sea tale, not enough of cannons, and boarding action.
There are a great deal of historical significance, but each time it comes to a fight, it seems this is rather glossed over, and here we also have a land action that could fill the pages.
Something seems to have gone missing. Stockwin still ranks above O'Brien in my thought, but this one is good for everything that doesn't happen on the sea, and shouldn't we see more of what does.