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This the third outing for Charles Hayden and my least favourite so far.
He was such a promising character, a bright, talented and ambitious naval officer who has no influential friends and therefore does not get on as well as he should. Unfortunately, the Hayden of the book is losing his way rather and becoming dare I say it a bit dull. The author has made Hayden more fallible, which is a good thing because no-one could be right all the time. However, he spends most of this book pining for his love Henrietta and the adventures at sea have to share the space with events on shore. There are no encounters with senior officers, friendly to him or otherwise and even Mr Stephens of the Admiralty makes no appearance. There is, however, a lot of time with Henrietta and her family and Hayden's possible rival in love while Hayden himself is away at sea. The consequences of the confusion left at the end of book 2 are played out in detail.
I listen to these novels for the adventure side of things and the will-they-won't they was pitched just right in the two earlier novels. I am not that interested in Henrietta, who became less not more interesting as the novel went on.
Nick Boulton's reading was as good as ever and his characterisation is excellent. Sadly, I felt this book did not give him enough to work with, unlike the first two.
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Would you consider the audio edition of A Ship of War to be better than the print version?
As I travel a lot, I wouldn't normally get the time to read the book, but in this case I have. The Audio version is a great deal of fun and very enjoyable.
What did you like best about this story?
Nice continuation of the prior novels - can't wait for the next instalment.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Confusion to our enemies and down with the French !
Any additional comments?
If you love Hornblower - you'll love this