Julian Stockwin

1 Quarterdeck

Author : Julian Stockwin
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2005-10-01
Description :  Kydd must pass a tough examination for his lieutenancy, but aboard the 64-gun Tenacious he faces a more daunting challenge—matching up to the high-born officers, who have spent a lifetime learning to be gentlemen. When Tenacious reaches the colonies, Kydd is caught up in the intrigue surrounding the birth of the American Navy. There, in uncharted waters, quick wits and superior seamanship once again make the difference between life and death.

2 Victory

Author : Julian Stockwin
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2010-10-01
Description :  "Stockwin's richly detailed . . . portrait of life on ship and shore in Britain’s oceanic empire is engrossing. He writes evocatively of shipboard routine, the panic and confusion of combat, and the terrifying approach of a storm at sea, and he knows how to stage enthralling action scenes." —<i>Publishers Weekly</i> <br /><br />"Stockwin continues to display his talents in transporting his audience from the 21st century to the chaotic worlds of Kydd, Renzi, and their imperiled homeland . . . He captures Georgian society and the closed world of a Royal Navy warship . . . [and] goes into action with swords drawn and cannons and carronades blasting." —Historical Novels Review <br /> In the 11th book of this popular series, Napoleon Bonaparte continues planning for the invasion of England as Admiral Horatio Nelson and the Royal Navy patrol the seas, seeking out their elusive enemy. When convoluted political machinations in England lead to the impeachment of the head of the Navy, Commander Thomas Kydd is forced to choose sides. Eager to take on the real enemy, Kydd decides to join Nelson’s squadron just before the Battle of Trafalgar, the greatest sea encounter of all time. Amidst the chaos and bloodshed, Kydd and his shipmates must prove once and for all that the Royal Navy truly rules the seas.&#xa0;

3 Kydd

Author : Julian Stockwin
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Historical  Action & Adventure 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2001-08-30
Description :  <b>It is 1793.</b> <br /> Europe is ablaze with war. The British prime minister is under pressure to intimidate the French, and dispatches a Navy squadron to appear off the French coast. To man the ships, ordinary citizens must be press-ganged. <br /> Thomas Paine Kydd, a young wig-maker from Guildford, is seized and taken across country to be part of the crew of the ninety-eight-gun line-of-battle ship <i>Duke William.</i> The ship sails immediately and Kydd has to learn the harsh realities of shipboard life fast. Despite all he goes through, amid the dangers of tempest and battle, he comes to admire the skills and courage of his fellow seamen, taking up the challenge himself to become a true sailor and defender of Britain at war. <br /> <i>Kydd</i> launches a masterly new writing talent and a thrilling new series. Based on dramatic real events, it is classic storytelling at its best, rich with action, exceptional characters, and a page-turning narrative.

4 Tenacious

Author : Julian Stockwin
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2006-09-01
Description :  Lieutenant Thomas Kydd takes his place on the quarterdeck as commander of the ship Tenacious in this riveting sailing adventure. Part of a small squadron commanded by Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson, Kydd scours the Mediterranean in search of Napoleon and his army. Kydd’s ambition leads him to volunteer for shore service with the British army in the capture of Minorca and later to the Battle of the Nile as the British take on the French in a brutal struggle for naval supremacy. Ultimately the currents of war force Kydd to face his toughest challenge yet: the siege of Acre, where a handful of British seamen under the command of Sir Sidney Smith must stand against a daunting army of more than 13,000.

5 Artemis

Author : Julian Stockwin
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Action & Adventure  Historical 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2010-06-15
Description :  With <i>Kydd,</i> Julian Stockwin introduced us to a young wig-maker from Guildford who was kidnapped and pressed into duty with the tempestuous crew of the <i>Duke William</i> battle ship. Now, Thomas Paine Kydd is back -- with a vengeance -- in the latest installment of Stockwin's thrilling naval adventure series. <br /> <i>Artemis</i> is the eighteenth-century crack frigate that Kydd and sea-mate Nicholas Renzi are set to sail all the way to the fabled Far East. In this great age of fighting sailing ships, Kydd's voyage promises to be a perilous undertaking. But not even shipwreck, mutiny, or a confrontation with a mighty French frigate manages to thwart <i>Artemis</i> and her crew. It's only when Kydd receives an urgent message from home -- one that threatens to cut short his career and trap him on shore forever -- that <i>Artemis's</i> real journey begins. <br /> Filled with mesmerizing suspense and vivid details of Napoleonic-era seafaring, <i>Artemis</i> is classic, page-turning storytelling at its best.

6 Seaflower

Author : Julian Stockwin
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Historical  Action & Adventure 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2008-06-23
Description :  Internationally bestselling author Julian Stockwin's seafaring hero, young Thomas Kydd, comes of age in this epic naval adventure set in the Great Age of Sail.<br /><br />Writing in the sweeping tradition of Patrick O'Brian and C. S. Forester, acclaimed author Julian Stockwin continues the saga of Seaman Thomas Paine Kydd as he moves up the ranks of the Napoleonic-era British navy.<br /><br />The year is 1794. Kydd and the other shipwrecked sailors have returned to England for the court-martial of the sole surviving officer of Her Majesty's frigate <i>Artemis.</i> Kydd was on duty the thirteenth of April as quartermaster of the starboard watch. He knows what happened that dreadful night. His evidence can destroy an officer's career.<br /><br />Kydd is devastated by the loss of his ship, and he's shocked when he's not allowed to tell the court his story. Instead, Kydd and his good friend Nicholas Renzi are forcibly shipped off to the Caribbean. After many lonely months at sea, they don't even have a chance to go ashore to see family and friends.<br /><br />New adventures await, however, as both Kydd, a man of humble origins gradually rising through the ranks, and Renzi, whose exalted family heritage remains a tantalizing mystery, discover the pleasures and hazards of a lush new land.<br /><br />The journey will take Kydd from a dockyard in Antigua to a life-and-death struggle on the high seas aboard the plucky naval cutter <i>Seaflower.</i> While war between England and Revolution-torn France escalates, Kydd's mettle under fire -- as a sailor and a man -- receives the ultimate test.<br /><br />Set at the dawn of a new century, <i>Seaflower</i> gives us the primal forces of nature at sea where they are at their most untamed and exhilarating. This is classic storytelling at its powerful best.

7 The Admiral's Daughter

Author : Julian Stockwin
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2007-10-01
Description :  In the eighth book of this popular series, Thomas Kydd and Nicholas Renzi return to England in 1803 after tumultuous episodes on the other side of the world to find England in peril of starvation and bankruptcy. Kydd is placed back in command of his beloved vessel, Teazer, but he barely has time to prep her for the sea when he is sent on an urgent mission. Smugglers, enemy privateers, and treacherous sea conditions await Kydd on his journey to northern France on the eve of war, but equally worrisome events are occurring ashore. A growing attachment to the admiral’s daughter curbs Kydd’s blissful reunion with Teazer and he is forced to make a terrible decision that may cause the end of his friendship with Renzi—or the end of his naval career.

8 The Privateer's Revenge

Author : Julian Stockwin
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2008-10-01
Description :  Following the loss of his fiancée, Lieutenant Thomas Kydd descends into depression in the latest installment of this riveting nautical-adventure series. Rescued from despair by his close friend, Renzi, Kydd finds life increasingly difficult when he is framed and dismissed from his ship. The pair eke out a pitiful existence in Guernsey, where, in a moment of desperation, Renzi offers his services to the Prince de Bouillon and becomes embroiled in covert operations. Meanwhile, Kydd accepts the captaincy of a privateer and is soon taking many prizes. Kydd longs to rejoin his rightful place in the navy, however, and when he gets his chance, he risks all for revenge and restoration.

9 Command

Author : Julian Stockwin
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2007-03-01
Description :  In this seventh book of the series, Thomas Kydd is master of his own brig-sloop Teazer and he must race the clock to make her battle-ready to defend Malta against Barbary pirates and the French, who are frantically trying to rescue the remnants of their army in the Levant. Suddenly, peace is declared, and the young captain finds himself ashore. To make ends meet, he agrees to transport convicts to Australia. Little does he know that his friend Renzi, weakened by illness and embittered with the service, is also bound for that colony as a settler. There they will be forced to face their deepest fears and prove themselves against all odds.

10 Mutiny

Author : Julian Stockwin
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Action & Adventure  Historical 
Price :  $16.99
Release Date :  2007-11-01
Description :  In the grand tradition of Patrick O'Brian, this new installment in Julian Stockwin's epic Napoleonic-era naval adventure series re-creates one of history's most notorious naval insurrections.<br /><br />With all the wind-whipped passion and salty authenticity that only a veteran naval lieutenant commander could bring to the fiction table, bestselling author Julian Stockwin continues the acclaimed saga of seaman Thomas Paine Kydd as he takes on the most perilous venture of his career.<br /><br />The year is 1797. Kydd has been at sea four long, hard years, ever since he was pressed into service. Despite that inauspicious start to his naval career, he has learned to love his life aboard ship. It's in his blood. It's in his soul.<br /><br />Having now risen to the rate of master's mate, Kydd volunteers to join the crew of the frigate <i>Bacchante</i> in a mission to rescue a British diplomat mired in the hostilities of Napoleon's siege of Venice. The city is surrounded. It will soon fall to Napoleon, and the diplomat will be trapped unless Kydd and the men from <i>Bacchante</i> can help him escape.<br /><br />Stockwin's rousing narrative follows Kydd and his mysterious seafaring mate Nicholas Renzi across the Mediterranean to a rendezvous with danger, and then back toward an even greater challenge -- a harrowing fleet mutiny.<br /><br />As the king's loyal servant, Kydd must decide whether to join his shipmates in their uprising. The cause is just -- sailors' pay has not been raised for a century and a half! But to mutiny is to commit the ultimate treason against king and country. Will Kydd honor his pledge to his sovereign lord, or will he stand by his friends?<br /><br />Kydd faces the most difficult decision of his life in this richly nuanced novel from a master storyteller whose naval expertise and love for the sea shine through on every page.

11 Betrayal

Author : Julian Stockwin
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Action & Adventure 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2012-09-01
Description :  Cape Colony is proving a tiresome assignment for Thomas Kydd’s daring commander-in-chief Commodore Popham: South America’s Spanish colonies are in a ferment of popular unrest. Rumors of a treasure hoard of Spanish silver spur him to assemble a makeshift invasion fleet and launch a bold attack on the capital of the Viceroyalty of the River Plate in Buenos Aires. Navigating the treacherous bars and mud flats of the river, the British invasion force wins a battle against improbable odds, taking the capital and the silver. But the uprising that promises the end of Spanish rule never arrives and the locals begin to see dark conspiracies behind the invader’s actions. Now Kydd’s men must face resistance and the betrayal of their closest allies. Can they save themselves and their prize?

12 The Iberian Flame

Author : Julian Stockwin
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature  Action & Adventure 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  2018-06-14
Description :  <b></b><b>'In Stockwin's hands the sea story will continue to entrance readers across the world' - <i>Guardian</i></b><b></b><br /><b></b><br /><b>1808. </b>With the Peninsula in turmoil, Napoleon Bonaparte signs a treaty to dismember Portugal and put his brother, Joseph, on the throne of Spain. <br /><br />Meanwhile, Nicholas Renzi, the Lord Farndon, undertakes a deadly mission to stir up partisan unrest to disrupt this Napoleonic alliance with Spain.<br /><br />Thrust into the crucible of the uprising, Captain Sir Thomas Kydd is dismayed to come up against an old foe from his past - now his superior and commander - who is determined to break him. Kydd will soon face the greatest decision of his professional career.<br /><br />Bonaparte, incensed by the reverses suffered to his honour, gathers together a crushing force and marches at speed into Spain. After several bloody encounters the greatly outnumbered British expedition have no option other than make a fighting retreat to the coast. Only the Navy can save them.<br /><br />But the flame of insurrection has been lit - and the Peninsular War has begun.<br /><br /><b>More Praise for Julian Stockwin and the Thomas Kydd Series</b><br /><br /><b>'</b>Paints a vivid picture of life aboard the mighty ship-of-the-line' <i>Daily Express</i><br /><br />'This heady adventure blends fact and fiction in rich, authoritative detail' <i>Nautical Magazine </i>on VICTORY<br /><br />'Fans of fast-paced adventure will get their fill with this book' Historical Naval Society on THE ADMIRAL'S DAUGHTER

13 Invasion

Author : Julian Stockwin
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2009-10-01
Description :  In the 10th book of the popular series, rumors fly of Napoleon’s planned invasion of England, and British naval commander Thomas Kydd is sent to liaise with American inventor, Robert Fulton, who has created “infernal machines” that can wreak mass destruction from a distance. Fulton believes that his inventions, namely the submarine and torpedo, will win the day for the power that possesses them, and Kydd must help him develop the devices. Despite his own scruples, believing that standing man-to-man is the only honorable way to fight, Kydd agrees to take part in the crucial testing of these weapons of mass destruction, which just may decide the fate of England.

14 Tyger

Author : Julian Stockwin
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Action & Adventure 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2015-11-01
Description :  The latest volume in the popular high-seas nautical adventure series featuring the dashing and debonair naval commander Thomas Kydd<br/> Kydd is offered a new command but that ship is still under construction, so he decides to look up one of his old naval friends and enjoy some of the pleasures of London. This is cut short when he is summoned to Portsmouth to bear witness at the trial of Sir Home Popham for his actions at Cape Town and Buenos Aires. Kydd confides in friends his true feelings about the way his old commander was treated and, when his opinions become public, finds himself in hot water with the Admiralty. Kydd is punished for his indiscretion by being given a different command: a mutiny ship, Tyger, moored at Yarmouth. On board he faces numerous challenges from a hostile and dejected crew, still under a malign influence. It will take all of Kydd&#39;s seamanship and leadership in voyages to the far north and in Baltic waters to turn the ship around. The measure of his success is tested in a cataclysmic battle against three Prussian frigates under the French flag.

15 Pasha

Author : Julian Stockwin
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Action & Adventure 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2014-11-01
Description :  Word has come from the British ambassador Arbuthnot that the neutral Turks are being wooed by the French and if the ancient city of Constantinople falls into their hands, Napoleon’s route to India will be completely unfettered and his plans for world domination a reality. Concerned for his safety, Arbuthnot is demanding a large fleet presence to take him off and bring the Turks to their senses. Braving treacherous currents, unreliable winds, and giant bombards, Thomas Kydd returns to sea and rescues the ambassador, but as Kydd waits for the rest of the expected fleet, the French are able to strengthen the Turkish defenses. Meanwhile Kydd’s friend and confidential secretary, Nicholas Renzi, has assumed a new and dangerous role that he can never make public. He engineers a coup in the Topkapi Palace that turns the tables on the French but at the cost of both infidel nations being ejected from the Ottoman Empire. When Kydd learns of Renzi’s incarceration in a Turkish prison, he knows if will take superb seamanship and sheer bravado to free his friend.

16 Inferno

Author : Julian Stockwin
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Action & Adventure 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2016-10-01
Description :  Copenhagen Harbor is on fire . . .<br/> <br/> 1807. Captain Sir Thomas Kydd resumes command of Tyger and is ordered to join a great armada on a desperate mission to pressure the Danish Crown Prince to turn his fleet over to Britain before Napoleon has the opportunity to seize it. On a parallel mission Nicholas Renzi—the Lord Farndon, also Kydd&#39;s best friend and brother-in-law—fails in an effort at using diplomacy to persuade the Danes to give up their fleet to Britain for the duration of the war.<br/> <br/> Neutral Denmark now controls the straits through which the entire Baltic trade passes and the French army is mustering at her borders. If the Napoleon manages to take control of the Danish navy—France&#39;s already-considerable naval forces may allow him to invade the English mainland and achieve hegemony over all of Europe.<br/> <br/> A fiery inferno—the Second Battle of Copenhagen—ensues.

17 Persephone

Author : Julian Stockwin
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature  Action & Adventure 
Price :  $5.99
Release Date :  2017-05-18
Description :  <b></b><b>'PERSEPHONE is another shining milepost for Captain Thomas Kydd and his creator, Julian Stockwin' - <i>Quarterdeck</i></b><br /><b></b><br /><b></b><b>November 1807. </b>Captain Sir Thomas Kydd must sail to Lisbon to aid the Portuguese Royal Family's evacuation in the face of Napoleon's ruthless advance through Iberia. In the chaos of the threatened city an old passion is reawakened when he meets Persephone Lockwood, a beautiful and determined admiral's daughter from his past. <br /><br />But the Royal Family's destination is Brazil, Perspehone's England, and it seems Kydd's chance has gone again. Only later he discovers Persephone has another suitor - and that, if he wants to win her hand, he must enter the highest echelons of London society.<br /><br />Mixing with aristocracy and royalty brings other responsibilities. The Prince of Wales asks him to take temporary command of the Royal Yacht. Sailing to Yarmouth, Kydd realises they are being stalked by French privateers. The terrible threat of a prince of the blood being captured sees Kydd call on daring seamanship of the highest order.<br /><br /><b>***************</b><br /><br /><b>What readers are saying about PERSEPHONE</b><br /><br />'Very much recommended, for this is an absolutely astonishing naval story by this author, and that's why I like to say: "Sail On, Thomas Kydd"!' - <b>5 stars</b><br /><br />'A masterly piece of writing!' - <b>5 stars</b><br /><br />'End one and start another - they're addictive' - <b>5 stars</b><br /><br />'Read it - that's all I'll say' - <b>5 stars</b><br /><br />'Still excellent, still gripping' - <b>5 stars</b>

18 The Baltic Prize

Author : Julian Stockwin
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature  Action & Adventure 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  2017-11-02
Description :  <b>1808.</b> Parted from his new bride, Captain Sir Thomas Kydd is called away to join the Northern Expedition to Sweden, now Britain's only ally in the Baltic. Following the sudden declaration of war by Russia and with the consequent threat of the czar's great fleet in St Petersburg, the expedition must defend Britain's dearly-won freedom in those waters. <br /><br />However Kydd finds his popular fame as a frigate captain is a poisoned chalice; in the face of jealousy and envy from his fellow captains, the distrust of the commander-in-chief and the betrayal of friendship by a former brother-in-arms now made his subordinate, can he redeem his reputation?<br /><br />In an entirely hostile sea <i>Tyger </i>ranges from the frozen north to the deadly confines of the Danish Sound - and plays a pivotal role in the situation ensuing after the czar's sudden attack on Finland. This climaxes in the first clash of fleets between Great Britain and Russia in history. To the victor will be the prize of the Baltic!<br /><br />******************<br /><br /><b>PRAISE FOR JULIAN STOCKWIN'S THOMAS KYDD SERIES</b><br /><br /><b>'</b>Paints a vivid picture of life aboard the mighty ship-of-the-line' <i>Daily Express</i><br /><br />'This heady adventure blends fact and fiction in rich, authoritative detail' <i>Nautical Magazine </i>on VICTORY<br /><br />'Fans of fast-paced adventure will get their fill with this book' Historical Naval Society on THE ADMIRAL'S DAUGHTER

19 Command: A Kydd Sea Adventure

Author : Julian Stockwin
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $16.99
Release Date :  1998-10-01
Description :  In this seventh book of the series, Thomas Kydd is master of his own brig-sloop Teazer and he must race the clock to make her battle-ready to defend Malta against Barbary pirates and the French, who are frantically trying to rescue the remnants of their army in the Levant. Suddenly, peace is declared, and the young captain finds himself ashore. To make ends meet, he agrees to transport convicts to Australia. Little does he know that his friend Renzi, weakened by illness and embittered with the service, is also bound for that colony as a settler. There they will be forced to face their deepest fears and prove themselves against all odds.

20 Caribbee

Author : Julian Stockwin
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Action & Adventure 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2013-11-01
Description :  As the captain of a useful frigate, Kydd is claimed by the Leeward Islands station, exchanging the harsh situation in South America for the warmth and delights of the Caribbean. It’s a sea change for Kydd, who revisits places and people that figured in his time as a young seaman. Some are nostalgic and pleasing, while others bring challenges of a personal nature. In Europe, Napoleon is triumphant on land, but so far away in the Caribbean, Kydd and the others feel secure and make the most of running down prizes and sending off fat convoys of sugar to England. But, in a stroke of genius, Bonaparte finds a way to take revenge for Trafalgar and shocks Kydd out of complacency when an element from his past returns and Kydd is accused of murder. In a stroke of irony, it is that same past that may just provide Kydd the means to clear his name.

21 Stockwin's Maritime Miscellany

Author : Julian Stockwin
Genre :  Games  Books  Arts & Entertainment  History  Military  Nonfiction  Transportation  Lifestyle & Home  Crafts & Hobbies 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2011-10-31
Description :  Lt Cdr Julian Stockwin shares his love and knowledge of the sea in this entertaining collection of maritime stories and little-known trivia. Featuring nautical facts and feats, including superstitions at sea, the history of animals on the waves - until 1975 when all animals were banned from Royal Navy ships - and how the inventor of the umbrella helped man the British Navy, it is packed with informative tales. Focusing on the glory days of tall ships he explores marine myths and unearths the truth behind commonly held beliefs about the sea, such as whether Lord Nelson's body was <i>really</i> pickled in rum to transport it back to England after his death at Trafalgar. Interspersed throughout are salty sayings showing the modern words and phrases that originate from the mariners of old - 'cut of his jib', 'high and dry', 'the coast is clear', 'first rate' and 'slush fund'. Accompanied by nostalgic black and white line drawings <i>Stockwin's Maritime Miscellany</i> is a charming giftbook guaranteed to appeal to the sailing enthusiast, but also amuse and inform even the staunchest landlubber.

22 The Silk Tree

Author : Julian Stockwin
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature  Action & Adventure 
Price :  $3.99
Release Date :  2014-11-06
Description :  Forced to flee Rome from the barbaric rampages of the Ostrogoths, merchant Nicander meets an unlikely ally in the form of Marius, a fierce Roman legionary. Escaping to a new life in Constantinople, the two land upon its shores lonely and penniless. Needing to make money fast, they plot and plan a number of outrageous money-making schemes, until they chance upon their greatest idea yet.Armed with a wicked plan to steal precious silk seeds from the faraway land of Seres, Nicander and Marius must embark upon a terrifyingly treacherous journey across unknown lands, never before completed. But first they must deceive the powerful emperor Justinian and the rest of his formidable Byzantine Empire in order to begin their journey into the unknown... An adventurous tale of mischief, humour and deception, Nicander and Marius face danger of the highest order, where nothing in the land of the Roman Empire is quite what it seems.

23 The Powder of Death

Author : Julian Stockwin
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2016-08-18
Description :  An envoy to China meets an English scholar in Oxford in the mid-thirteenth century to share a deadly secret. They vow that the knowledge of gunpowder must die with them as the consequences otherwise are too terrible to contemplate.<br /><br />But the secret is rediscovered, one man becomes obsessed with the powder of death and Edward III is determined to use it to his advantage. He does so at the Battle of Crecy, the first full-scale battle at which guns are deployed in the field. The nature of warfare is changed for ever, and the world hears the death knell of knightly chivalry.

24 Conquest

Author : Julian Stockwin
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2011-11-01
Description :  Newly victorious at the Battle of Trafalgar, England now rules the seas and is free to colonize the furthest reaches of the world. Captain Thomas Kydd joins an expedition to take Dutch-held Cape Town, a strategic harbor that will give England a rich trade route to India. With enemies lurking on all sides, Kydd and his men must defend the fragile colony while braving Africa’s vast and hostile hinterland. When Renzi learns too much about the enemy’s plans, even Kydd may not be able to save him.

25 A Sea of Gold

Author : Julian Stockwin
Genre :  Historical  Books  Fiction & Literature  Action & Adventure 
Release Date :  2018-11-01
Description :  <b>1809.</b> After his heroic actions during the retreat to Corunna, Captain Sir Thomas Kydd is the toast of London society. Here he falls in with the legendary frigate captain, Lord Thomas Cochrane.<br /><br />So begins a relationship, professional and personal, that will be unlike any that Kydd has known: a relationship that will lead him, almost simultaneously, to first glory, then ruin.<br /><br />The French fleet is massing in the Basque Roads in a near impregnatable position. The Admiralty orders Cochrane to command an attack, to the chagrin of more senior officers who object to being overlooked and Cochrane's reputation for daring. Cochrane insists that his new friend, Kydd, is in the forefront of the assault armada, a motley collection of rocket, bomb and fire ships that will set the anchorage ablaze - this despite Kydd's almost pathological fear of fire. <br /><br />The fallout from what follows will see Kydd financially ruined, with only his former shipmates, his oldest friend of all, Nicholas Renzi, and the whisper of hidden Spanish treasure promising the sea of gold that he needs to save himself. <br /><b>'Paints a vivid picture of life aboard the mighty ship-of-the-line' - <i>Daily Express</i></b><br /><br /><b>'In Stockwin's hands the sea story will continue to entrance readers across the world' - <i>Guardian</i></b>



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