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1793 HMS Amazon arrives in Gibraltar after battle with French and the death of her Captain John Fury's uncle. Amazon was on way home to England after a year in the Indian ocean and was unaware that war had broken out between France and England. Lord Hood promoted Fury to Lieutenant and assigned him the HMS Fortitude on blockade duty off Toulon. G.S. Beard provide great battle scenes of the battle of Toulon both on land and sea. Fury falls for a Count's daughter Sophie Gourrier and he rescues her family which add some more drama to the story. Col. B.. Napoleon commanded artilery at Toulon. Beard did take some literary license to the battle but mostly it was accurate. Lots of action, sailing information and life in the 1790's British Navy makes this a great sea story to read. Terry Wale does a good job narrating the story. I do hope Beard writes more stories and Audible provides them for us.
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Is there anything you would change about this book?
What other book might you compare Lieutenant Fury to, and why?
Anything by Alexander Kent or Dudley Pope
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Terry Wale's dated staccato narration in the style of Noel Coward was difficult initially, then became annoying, it really spoilt an excellent tale and I have made a note of his name and will not be buying books with his narration in future
Do you think Lieutenant Fury needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
Certainly, but not with Terry Wale narrating
Any additional comments?
A good story Mr Beard, just be careful of some of the technical details ( Its the Union Flag, not the Union Jack, the Jack is what the flag is flown on ) but a good effort ...keep up the good work !
What appears to be a reasonable second book in a promising series relating to Fury is somewhat thwarted by a dreadful narrator. Terry Wale fundamentally undermines the character with a voice somewhere between Kenneth Williams and Captain Kirk (no slight on either who were fine in their own characters!). Fury sounds like an effete dandy who would find it hard to lead a cocktail party let alone take charge of a bunch of hardened blue jackets. Very well researched book and good storyline but I really hope a third book will have a more fitting narrator.