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This series is written by Alexander Kent a pseudonym of Douglas Deeman, who is a well known writer of Royal Navy stories from 1700 to the 1940’s. The series is about Richard Bolitho and I think this is book 11 in the series. Unfortunately I have not read them in order. This story has Richard Bolitho in command of the 100 gun Euryalus (a French build ship, he had captured from the French in a prior book). He is the Flag Captain under a Vice Admiral who is inflexible and rule bound. The story opens with “The Great Mutiny” and Bolitho is asked by mutineers on another ship to plead their case with the Admiral. The leaders are hung and the cruel Captain is but back in charge. They are then off to the Mediterranean to capture a Moor fort, fighting Barbary corsairs, the French fleet with lots of suspense, swashbuckling action and naval tactics. Some general information about the Royal Navy of the day is given and the general feel of life in the RN in the 1790 is provided. I feel the books are not as well written as those of Patrick O’Brien or C. S. Forester but if you enjoy a good sailing story of the Royal Navy fighting the French you will enjoy this series. Michael Jayston does an excellent job narrating the story.
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Absolutely wonderful. Captain Bolitho truly, would be a man to follow and to respect. Mr. Jayston brings the book to life!