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Ramage's Diamond (Lord Ramage #7)

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  487 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Newly promoted to be the youngest Captain in the Royal Navy, in 1804 Ramage is despatched to blockade the French in Martinique. The passage proves difficult; a slovenly crew under the command of a now incompetent drunk having to be overcome so as to realise the objective. Diamond Rock is fortified and a French convoy has to be dealt with as this gripping adventure proceeds ...more
Paperback, 374 pages
Published October 23rd 2000 by House of Stratus (first published 1976)
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Mar 22, 2017 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the seventh in Dudley Pope's Ramage series of historical naval fiction based around the Napoleonic era. This novel is a refreshing return by Pope to what he does best - write about life aboard sailing ships of the British navy during this time period, about naval battles and about the period in general. The sixth novel in the series was an anomaly in my opinion, in that it took Ramage into France on an espionage mission and did not involve any life at sea, any command of a navy vessel, e ...more
Jun 09, 2017 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't follow this very well, perhaps because I've been sick. I'm not too good with block & tackle, but according to the Postscript, "In 1804 Commodore Samuel Hood...reported to the Admiralty that he had taken possession of Diamond Rock...." So this is based on a historical occurrence.
After the disappointment that was the last volume in the series I had high hopes this book would again tie in with the fun and adventure of the earlier novels, seeing how in this installment of the series Ramage returns to sea.

And the book did start promising enough as Ramage leaves his family home to take command of his first frigate. Now, this should have been a big step for the series in many ways. So far, for 6 books, Ramage has remained a lieutenant, in command of very small vessels that d
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A used bookstore owner recommended this author after discovering that I had read the complete Patrick O'Brian Aubrey/Maturin Series. I might have appreciated the book more if I had not been exposed to the O'Brian books.

Unfortunately this is a somewhat pale imitation of what O'Brian has done. Additionally, Pope spends far too much time describing, in tedious detail, what the sailors and officers do to sail the ship. At times I thought I was back reading Moby-Dick which I did not like.

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Feb 22, 2011 Josh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once more I am struck by what feats can be accomplished with singleness of mind and unrelenting, brutally hard work. Having finally been promoted to post captain and getting command of a frigate in this the seventh of the series, Lord Ramage stretches his men and himself past breaking while fighting the French in the Caribbean. Geography plays the part of a main character in this story, which is based in part on the Royal Navy's capture of Diamond Rock off the coast of Martinique in 1804. This a ...more
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Apr 03, 2016 Bob Cantrell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know what other people think about this book as for me I liked it. I read part of another review that had a lot of problems with this book. I didn't see the problems that were listed so I must not be a good reviewer, because I read mostly for enjoyment not to criticize the supposed lack of some detail. One thing I do know that a great many writers use historical events to add to their stories and yes they usually have their main character involved in the action that is a literary device. ...more
May 05, 2012 Peter rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: age-of-sail
The first of the Ramage books - all of which are exciting and well written. The Ramage series ranks 3rd with me behind Hornblower and Bolitho for age of sail excitement. Ramage is just a little too good and nothing is impossible..
May 02, 2013 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
good story
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Feb 13, 2013 Jon Box rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this one--a bit lengthy on discussion of Ramage's fortifications of "The Diamond", but a great sea battle and adventure in the end with lots of action!
Sue Law
One of the best of the Ramage series! Based on a true event, an excellent tense tale depicting the Royal Navy at it most ingenious.
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Dudley Pope was born in Ashford, Kent.

By concealing his age, Pope joined the Home Guard aged 14 and at age 16 joined the Merchant Navy as a cadet. His ship was torpedoed the next year (1942). Afterwards, he spent two weeks in a lifeboat with the few other survivors.

After he was invalided out of the Merchant Navy, the only obvious sign of the injuries Pope had suffered was a joint missing from on
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