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J S has written a very creative account that plops the reader down into Cape Town So. Africa - of all places - in the middle of a maritime series! It is a very fun ride!!
Stockton puts together an exciting romp in this story. Although the beginning gets bogged down in historical details (although interesting, not compelling enough to NOT use the sleep timer at night on the Audible App.) Then, suddenly, Nicholas Renzy becomes center stage pursuing the rumor of a secret military action by the French. Unbeknownst to him, Kidd is working the same angle from the naval side. It ends up with them meeting in the jungle of South Africa with an all-or-nothing gambit to secure the colony for the British.
This episode retains many of the traits that we have come to expect from Julian Stockwin,. It is thoroughly researched without being overbearing, beautifully described and characterised superbly by Christian Rodska. The usual rich cast of characters are once again blended seamlessly against a background of real historical events.
Kydd's adventures this time see him more on land this time and the battle descriptions are excellent showing that the author is more than just a naval buff! Seeing Kydd and particularly the mercurial Renzi immersed into the birth of empire adds to the atmosphere.
This one didn't grip me all the way through like most of the others have but builds to an excellent conclusion that makes it yet another book well worth listening to in this series.
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Brilliant read from a very talented author. A must for any who likes historical naval fiction. Julian Stockwin is up there with the best.
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