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Success to the Brave (Richard Bolitho #17)

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Spring 1802, and the Peace Treaty of Amiens, signed only a few weeks earlier, is already showing signs of collapse. Britain and France wrangle over the return of colonial possessions won and lost during their long, bloody war and in the little 64-gun Achates, Vice-Admiral Richard Bolitho sails for America and the Caribbean.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by McBooks Press (first published 1983)
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Johnny
Sep 14, 2013 Johnny rated it really liked it
Vice-Admiral Richard Bolitho! As Allday, Bolitho’s coxswain, says with regard to another recognition in the book, “Finally!” In the series of Napoleonic Era naval adventures featuring Richard Bolitho, Alexander Kent has positioned him as a lesser-known rival to Admiral Nelson. (In fact, having visited HMS Victory on a trip to England, I often picture the scenes in the Admiral’s cabin as being similar to what I saw in Victory.) Yet, Kent allows Bolitho to have something of the charisma and ...more
Topher
Aug 29, 2013 Topher rated it liked it
Sometimes foreknowledge is a bad thing. I know some of the events coming down the pike at Dick Bolitho, and at times I was worried this was going to be a book full of cruelty to the protagonist. Thankfully, while there were hard times, so of what I know and feared is still off in the future.

We don't have much longer with Admiral Sir Richard Bolitho, as the series will soon transition over following his nephew's career instead. For now though, it was good to catch up with an old friend. While it
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George
Nov 15, 2008 George rated it it was amazing
#15 in the Richard Bolitho 17th-18th century British naval series. This novel covers 1802-1803 during which Bolitho is assigned a diplomatic mission which takes him to Boston and then the Caribbean. It is during a short lived period of peace between the French and British and war resumes by the time the mission ends. Contains more stirring naval action in which Bolitho continues to distinish himself.
Alex
Jan 31, 2016 Alex rated it really liked it
Interesting comparison between Bolitho as diplomat in the politics of empire compared to fighting officer. Having Adam as his flag-lieutenant is probably a bit far fetched.
There's also a reference about 2/3 way through the book to a named gun captain who I have definitely met before - possibly in the Bolitho series, but as it wasn't picked up in the story more likely in the Stocking books.
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