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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (Sept. 20 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444711970
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444711974
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.6 x 23.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 481 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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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

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa40ad3b4) out of 5 stars STOCKWIN'S BEST Oct. 23 2011
By Quarterdeck - Published on
Format: Hardcover
CONQUEST launches a bright new chapter in Captain Thomas Kydd's naval career, as England turns to expansion of her empire in distant and exotic corners of the world after victory at Trafalgar in 1805. This is vintage Julian Stockwin as Kydd--in command of the 32-gun frigate L'Aurore--sails into turbulent seas along the coast of Africa in support of a British expedition whose mission is to capture Cape Town, a step toward establishing a safe seaway to trade-rich India. Set against the impeccably researched history of the period, Kydd's saga continues to unfurl with Stockwin's crisp prose and attention to authenticity, which readers have come to expect. There are adventures aplenty, spliced to the young naval commander's inner growth and evolving relationship with Nicholas Renzi, which keep pages turning.
HASH(0xa42455d0) out of 5 stars Seems a little thin on the sea, but like the other history we see Feb. 7 2013
By David Wilkin - Published on
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I believe my last review of a book in this series I faulted the author for making the sidekick, Renzi, resort to the cliche of spy. Further he also was rather a milksop where before he had been a pillar of strength for the hero, Thomas Kydd.

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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4dd9c60) out of 5 stars One of the best yet in this above-average series Dec 31 2011
By Michael K. Smith - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is the twelfth in the very good series about Thomas Kydd, once a wigmaker in the family business, then a pressed landsman in the Royal Navy, now -- ten years later -- a post captain in the struggle against Napoleon, with powerful people interested in his advancement. The Battle of Trafalgar, which was the focus of Victory, the previous volume, had two immediate effects: It ended the threat of cross-Channel invasion by the French, and it gave Britain uncontested control of the seas. That might sound it left young Capt. Kydd (the pirate spelled his name with an "i," as Tom is often at pains to point out) is left with nothing much to do, but virtual control of the world's oceans also meant that the British Empire could begin expanding rapidly by snapping up enemy colonial possessions. The Dutch are (mostly) reluctant allies of the French and so the Cape Colony, down at the bottom end of Africa, is fair game. It also would be a lovely spot for a Royal Navy station to enhance control of the Indian Ocean and the trade routes to the Far East. Kydd commands one of the two frigates in the rather underpowered flotilla sent to conquer Cape Town and its environs, and the plot concerns his part in the affair, his adventures along the way and after they get there, and his primary role in foiling an attempted French response by arming the inland natives. There's a good deal less wandering about and commenting at length on society this time (a problem in the pacing of certain books in the series), and a good deal more beating to quarters and sneaking up on the enemy in disguise. Even Renzi, whom the author has turned into a general PITA, has a much better role this time, having been drafted as Colonial Secretary by General Baird, the leader of the expedition and the new Governor. Renzi was the only English civilian available with any education, it's true, but he manages to do a pretty good job of it. It might even become a permanent job, but---. (And that's all I'll say about that.) This is one of the best in the series so far. I only wish I knew what finally became of Therese and her guerilla father.
HASH(0xa3dedabc) out of 5 stars A page turner Feb. 7 2012
By BrooklynBoy - Published on
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When Julian Stockwin undertook his Kydd Project, I wonder if he intended to publish as many books in this series as he has done - and continues to do. I have read them all and in its fashion it is a "modern" (though earlier in time-frame) version of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn ... Excellent and a terrific page turner.
HASH(0xa40a66c0) out of 5 stars Julian Stockwin's Latest Oct. 29 2011
By Philip Logiudice - Published on
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I just got this book a few days ago and am in the 3rd chapter. It is very enjoyable so far and an interesting story. This is another seemingly hopeless task for our hero, Tom Kydd. I am assuming a happy ending!I pre-order all of Julian Stockwin's books as soon as they are announced. I have never been disappointed.