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Product Details

  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: House of Stratus; New edition edition (Oct. 23 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842324764
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842324769
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.8 x 20.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 404 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #823,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay but far from one of his best Nov. 27 2010
By Michael K. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As any reader of this series knows by now, Capt. Lord Nicholas Ramage makes a point, whenever possible, of using the opportunities and tools that come to hand in his continuing struggle against the French navy under Bonaparte. He does it in innovative ways, usually catching the enemy (and often his own people) by surprise. He also hates to lose men unnecessarily, so any inventive scheme that works to that end is also welcome. And his success is shown by his position as one of the youngest post captains on the Navy List. A couple of books ago, Ramage captured a French frigate, undamaged and recently provisioned, which allowed him to pass himself off as an enemy vessel -- and to essentially capture the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao. Now the Admiralty has sent him off on a three-month cruise in the Mediterranean to create havoc and disrupt French operations in any way he can. The French lines of the CALYPSO, the French-pattern suit of sails, and a recently captured French signal book will allow him to work practically undercover. And almost the first contact he makes, off the coast of Tuscany, is with a pair of bomb ketches -- small, converted merchantmen, each slightly redesigned and re-outfitted to carry two ten-inch mortars. With a charge of up to eight or ten pounds of powder, such a weapon could hurl an explosive shell weighing nearly a hundred pounds for up to a mile, in a parabolic arc ideal for plunging fire behind walls and over hills. The ketches -- which Ramage, naturally, is able to grab without firing a shot -- are headed for Crete in company with a couple of frigates, where they are to join with other naval elements in some kind of fleet. But where the highly secret operation is aimed, Ramage has no idea. Egypt, perhaps, where Bonaparte had already failed a couple of years before? Being fluent in Italian and French, he slips ashore to seek intelligence among the troops gathering to board the awaited frigates, but things don't go well. Not to worry, however. And those mortars are going to come in very useful. It's not a bad yarn, though one gets the impression that the author had only recently studied up on bomb ketches and wanted to regurgitate everything had learned. The crew spends a lot of time explaining all the technology and specifications to each other for the benefit of the reader, which is always an awkward device. There's also a good deal of other padding in order to bring the book up to respectable length. The other main problem is that, since this is an historical novel and not alternate history, the author can't simply rewrite the major events of the war to suit his plot -- which requires that he basically throw away the point of all Ramage's activities at the end of the story. Anyway, since it's obvious the cruise is going to be continued in the next volume, his editor should have suggested Pope trim some of the fat and combine two or three sub-adventures into a single book.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Ramage Novel Dec 18 2012
By Rick - Published on Amazon.com
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Thoroughly enjoyed this 10th book in the series. All the key elements that have appeared in the preceding novels are here. A tribute to a maverick who doesn't always follow orders to the letter but sure does take the spiirit of those orders to heart.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Misprint??? June 26 2009
By Working Nights - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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.
4.0 out of 5 stars The good and the bad March 29 2012
By Deacon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have enjoyed late 18th and early 19th century British naval fiction since reading Hornblower in Saturday Evening Post and have enjoyed Pope's Ramage series but am disappointed that after reading the first 13 of the series on Kindle the rest are not available on Kindle. I don't know why or how to find out if they will be. I prefer Kindle to paper to the horror of my retired librarian friend.

Pope has avoided the problem of some of his predecessors in the genre who underestimated the success of their work and compressed too much time in their early work -- making additional works out of chronological sync.

So in the meantime I've turned to Mission Earth and Uncle Tom's Cabin

Pope's character development is appropriately gradual and consistent, but the appearance and disappearance (especially} of the Countess was a bit roughly done. Plus his occasional dalliances aren't explained or justified with his character.

Let's get the rest of this series on Kindle so I can see how Ramage turns out.

Deacon


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