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  • Slow to start, and has accurate historical detail

    This book starts very slowly. There is great detail about the main character, his family, the times, etc. Thankfully the author does not waste breath on the minutiae of ship's sails, ropes, etc. as other authors of this genre do. The final third of the novel finally picks up enough that I've purchased the 2nd book in the hope that now that we are 'acquainted' with the protagonist the author will spend more time story telling and less time filling in the blanks. His afterword makes clear that he is a historian first and a novelist second. The benefit of this is historically accurate events (for the most part) to provide the background for the actions within. Worth a read at the current price of $0.99, but I would re-read Hornblower or Aubrey instead if you have to pay more than $2 for this ponderous (at times) read.

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  • Gentleman Captain

    A wonderful read full of interesting facts. A must read for anyone interested in naval warfare.

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  • good story well written and researched

    good story slow start but written in a style which compares well with others , what made this interesting was that i had not read many sea storries about this time in our history let alone one dealing with the poor state of our navy back then.

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  • The title is intriguing

    A bit slow starting but the mystery is unravelled quite masterfully.

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  • Slow moving, bogged in detail

    This is a good story with TOO MUCH DETAIL as to the historical background. The author needs to make up his mind if he is writing a history book or a historical novel. Although I liked the characters and the historical background and the story, I found it a little too slow moving for an action novel. will not buy future titles by this author.

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