Thomas Kydd 14
By Julian Stockwin
The fourteenth novel in Julian Stockwin's acclaimed Captain Kydd series.
More than a decade ago, Thomas Kydd and Nicholas Renzi were in the Caribbean as sailors before the mast in the old Trajan. Now Kydd, a storied hero of Trafalgar, holds the glory of being Post-
captain of the 32-gun frigate, L'Aurore. His almost unbelievable feat of self-advancement is the toast of his own crew... but the envy of others less blessed than he.
After unremitting war a Caribbean posting seems a welcome respite. But, in addition to the balmy warmth and turquoise waters, Kydd and Renzi find themselves facing a familiar threat as the French imperil Britain's vital sugar trade.
When more and more merchantmen begin vanishing from the sea, fear spreads. Before long, the sugar ships refuse to set sail at all. Now Kydd and Renzi must embark on a dangerous game of espionage, seamanship and breath-taking action in order to destroy this new and terrible danger to the Empire.
Carribbee is the 14th of Julian Stockwin's Thomas Kydd novels, the foremost and best-loved sea tales of our generation. It will appeal to Old Salts and lovers of rollicking historic adventure fiction alike.
Julian Stockwin was sent at the age of fourteen to Indefatigable, a tough sea-training school. He joined the Royal Navy at fifteen before transferring to the Royal Australian Navy, where he served for eight years in the Far East, Antarctic waters and the South Seas. In Vietnam he saw active service in a carrier task force.
After leaving the Navy (rated Petty Officer), Julian practised as an educational psychologist. He lived for some time in Hong Kong, where he was commissioned into the Royal Naval Reserve. He was awarded the MBE and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He now lives in Devon with his wife Kathy. More information can be found on his website at www.JulianStockwin.com.
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24 Oct 2013
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Hodder & Stoughton
Fans of fast-paced adventure will get their fill with this book. — Historical Naval Society on The Admiral's Daughter
Stockwin's writing is enriched by his own experiences in the Royal Navy, whcih gives scenes of fighting and tempest an authenticity to delight anyone who shares his passion for the sea. — Daily Telegraph
Paints a vivid picture of life aborad the mighty ship-of-the-line — Daily Express
'More historically accurate than the Patrick O'Brian series' — Royal Navy Sailing Association journal on the KYDD series
'This heady adventure blends fact and fiction in rich, authoritative detail.' — Nautical Magazine on VICTORY