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To Glory We Steer (Richard Bolitho #7)

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  1,141 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
H.M.S. Phalarope is ordered to the Caribbean but the most deadly enemy is already aboard her.

January 1782, Portsmouth: His Britannic Majesty's frigate Phalarope is ordered to the assistance of the hard-pressed squadrons in the Carribean. Aboard is her new commander — Richard Bolitho. To all appearances the Phalarope is everything a young captain could wish for. But beneath
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 7th 1974 by Arrow (first published 1968)
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Eric_W
Nov 28, 2008 Eric_W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nautical-fiction
Kent ranks right ups there with Forester (perhaps even better) and O'Brian (not quite as good as Patrick) in the realm of nautical fiction. There are still other authors out there I am only now discovering, as publishers — bless their souls — have discovered the market for this wonderful genre following in the wake of the very successful Aubrey/ Maturin series. McBooks Press and the Naval Institute have both begun "classic naval books" series to reissue titles that have been long out-of- print. ...more
Bill
Mar 11, 2011 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Chris Gager
Jul 28, 2014 Chris Gager rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Next up... picked up from the town transfer station of course. My paperback is from 1978 and not pictured in the lookup. No cover anyway...

Finally got into it last night. Pretty darned "meaty' so far!

And now the meat has gotten well-bloodied as the first encounter with a privateer has taken place and it was nasty. Very violent and well described.

Cruising along in the action-filled tale. Ups and downs and ups for Bolitho. No romance though. Fighting(lots), bravery, luck, cowardice, treachery, and
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Tim
Nov 27, 2010 Tim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the many imitators of Hornblower. Pretty good, but not up to the original. I'd maybe give this 3 1/2 stars if I could.

It's certainly better than many, though, so if you are starved for 18th century sea yarns, this is a good choice.

My favorite of the Hornblower imitators is Jay Worrall, with books like Any Approaching Enemy.
Robert
Aug 22, 2013 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thew book that got me started on naval fiction.
Betsy
Mar 11, 2015 Betsy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book and the one that got me reading about Richard Bolitho and Thomas Herrick.
Matimate
Nov 26, 2007 Matimate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: navalfiction, 2008
I like naval fictions and saucy sailors in any shape and any environment as far as the age of sails is concerned and the historic setting is masterfully entwined in the plot. The worst case scenario is some too obvious glitch in naval books, that can be pain. The plot line is again Dick will rule all aka Richard Bolitho was again pushed in the painfully hard situation when all odds were against him but you know very well that he will come out with laurel on his head. The Phalarope was unhappy sh ...more
Writerlibrarian
This is the first one published back in 1968 and it has all of the seeds (story wise) of the ones published later that come before it in the time line. I'm really happy that I was able to read them chronologically because if I had I started with this one I would not have had the joy of getting to the crescendo of the story that climaxes in this book. In To Glory we Steer, we have Bolitho commanding his first frigate, a ship with a very dark cloud looming over it. Mutiny, distrust, tragedy. Bolit ...more
Stefan
Jun 16, 2009 Stefan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rafa Sánchez
Apr 08, 2014 Rafa Sánchez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gran novela de aventuras, sobre todo si te describe escenarios históricos y guerras que no conocías previamente: en este caso la Revolución Americana una vez involucrados en ella los Borbones franceses y españoles (1784). Nuestro personaje muestra un carácter más bronco y reservado, abrumado por el peso de la responsabilidad de gobernar una fragata. Es inevitable para el ávido lector de Master & Commander, comparar una serie con otra. Si bien la de Patrick O'Brian es en general más profunda ...more
Jennifer
Sep 05, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read "Midshipman Bolitho" first, but this book is the actual beginning of the series and is a much better introduction to the character and milieu. It felt written to a much older audience, for starters--much more realistic gore and death, much more complex characterization. Still more swashbuckling than either Hornblower or Master & Commander, which is probably where its only serious flaw comes from: a tendency among the supporting characters to think about and/or discuss how Totally Awes ...more
Alwin
Apr 27, 2012 Alwin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I probably would have liked this a few years ago. But having read Patrick O'Brian, reading this is painful in the extreme. There is none of the wealth of historical detail, none of the sly humour and none of the wonderful characterisation and lightning wit so characteristic of Aubrey-Maturin. The characters are wooden, stock caricatures and the description of square-rigged tactics pales in comparison.
The only reason this book gets two stars is because in my rating system one star is reserved fo
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George
Jul 02, 2008 George rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is January, 1782 and Captain Richard Bolitho takes command of the PHALAROPE in England and sails to the Caribbean to join the British fleet there opposing the French, Spanish, and Americans. The ship and its crew have a poor reputation and Bolitho is given command to bring the ship back into fighting shape. The novel traces the final year of the American Revolution as Bolitho takes his ship and works to restore pride and a fighting spirit.

Another good story in the Bolitho series tracing his
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Merritt
Jun 13, 2009 Merritt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really enjoyable book! It had a great, understandable plot as far has these old Naval books go. I liked the characters. They were well fleshed out and believable. It moved well and wasn't too filled with navy jargon. The whole thing with Bolitho's brother was cool and psychologically fascinating (Yes, I'm weird.). The only thing that was weird was when they were fighting against the American Privateer. I had a hard time not cheering when they lost... :)
Duzzlebrarian
In this series, the earliest books are the best, and this is one of the strongest. Later they become terribly hackneyed, but in this book the main characters meet up for the first time and everything is still fresh.

Don
Jul 19, 2014 Don rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was not my first time reading this book, but as it was before it was an enjoyable and entertaining divergence. If you enjoy stories about the Royal Navy in the late 1700's, you'll enjoy any of the Bolitho series by Alexander Kent. They make an excellent escape during the summer.
Rhipheus
Jan 14, 2016 Rhipheus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
These books keep getting better and the characters more developed. I have enjoyed each one more than the last. I was very sad about the ending though - only shows how much I ended up caring about the story and characters.
Dawn
Every naval series has to have a story about mutiny, bad captains and overcoming those odds. This one has Bolitho taking over his new frigate as captain and finding that his mission will be made far more serious and fraught with danger because of the mutinous legacy left him by the former captain.
Robert
Dec 21, 2013 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: alexander-kent
enjoyed this book a lot. It was easy to read and was a compelling read.
Pete
Sep 08, 2015 Pete rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
enjoyable
Topher
Feb 23, 2009 Topher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps the darkest Bolitho yet - things are not sunny for Britain in the 1780s, and it is definitely reflected in this novel. It seems like this may mark a turning point for the series.
Scarlett Wilde
Oct 29, 2013 Scarlett Wilde rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love historical nautical fiction and this book satisfied every literary want I had. It has fast paced adventure and well developed characters. It's just a classy book and I enjoyed it immensely.
Judson J Lander
Nov 12, 2015 Judson J Lander rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like Hornblower

If you liked the Hornblower series this is a must read. I Immensely enjoyed reading and am moving on to the next book in the series
Charlie Shaw
Oct 29, 2016 Charlie Shaw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sailing
OK
Margareth8537
Sep 17, 2013 Margareth8537 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this more than some of the other Bolitho books because it seemed to develop the characters more - and I liked the Phalarope
Will
Jun 21, 2011 Will rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sea-tales
burn out has been achieved, and I can't find all the titles
Rick Byam
Jul 07, 2014 Rick Byam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Continues to entertain and delight me.
David Flett
Cracking yarn.
Oliver
Jul 24, 2013 Oliver rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent maritime novel.
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