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It appears to me, the author wanted to tell the story of Trafalgar, without the hero. Since the narrative breaks from the hero, to an on board midshipman, we have a good account of Nelson's death. But unlike the other naval series of this time, the hero has little to do with the battle, which leaves kind of a hole in the plot for me. Nevertheless, there is still sufficient merit to enjoy the book, and Rodska continues his great narration.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
By far the best book in this series .The action at Trafalgar as realistic and gripping as being there!
I had to wonder about this one when I realised that the author intended to tackle the Battle of Trafalgar. It's such a well-known part of British history that integrating fictional characters with well documented reality was always going to be a challenge. In the end I think that he got it right. I liked the fact that the mood of the nation and the importance of events to the populace both pre and post battle were covered well and formed an important part of the book.
In the end I simply wanted more of that final cataclysmic battle but I was very happy that in no way did the author have his characters try to eclipse the real heroes of the day but instead through Kydd, Renzi and a midshipman on board the flagship we got a ringside seat to one of England's finest military achievements from multiple points of view.
Christian Rodska's excellent narration carries the story well including the obviously hugely detailed knowledge the author has for naval history and terminology. I must admit I had to look a few terms up so some could find that distracting and others will also want to kick "Mr Renzi" up the derriere over his attempts to woo Kydd's sister Cecilia.
Those last two things are minor points though, this series remain well on course with "Victory".
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Nelson takes centre stage rather Thomas Kydd at the build up and battle of Trafalgar. A fitting tribute to one of our Nation's heroes. A remarkable series which has been building up to this historical climax. Excellent