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By J. on 06-10-14
Not Forester or O'Brian, but jolly fun
I read the Ramage series 40 years ago right after finishing the Hornblower Saga. After that anything would feel derivative, despite Pope's efforts to make Ramage the antithesis of Forester's hero. Ramage is wealthy, hansom, athletic, and comfortable in his own skin. The Ramage series is more swashbuckling than Hornblower which was an exploration into the psychology of a naval hero just as Aubrey/Matchurin books focused on the evolution of friendship as tested by war and shifting fortune. Pope knows his stuff and has written several naval histories. Taken for what they are, the Ramage books are fun.
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By Taich on 11-17-17
A lot better series in this Genre
Let me summarize this series for you
Ramage rubbed his scar and was startled as 34 French merchantmen and 12 Frigates sailed around the headland. Could the 10 Frigates that he had captured this morning in his rowboat and now manned by 1 man each possible defeat this armada he wondered to himself thinking for the 10238 time that morning about how he had rescued the Marquesa. He sighed rubbed his scar once more and captured the convoy, but the cost was high at 1 man wounded. Ramage (he never used his title) was dismayed to find that only half had cargoes where gold and jewels. However with a sudden burst inspiration he dashed to the captains cabin (he split into 46 people so he could be on all captured ships at once) to see that in the excitement all the Captains had forgot to throw their code books over the side and wonder of wonders they had also all brought their beautiful virgin daughters with them. At least he would have good company on his voyage back to be court-martialed once again for single handedly defeating Revolutionary France.
Sorry I guess i should have put spoilers tags.
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