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Form Line of Battle (Richard Bolitho #11)

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  784 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
June 1793, Gibraltar: The gathering might of revolutionary France prepares to engulf Europe in another bloody war. As in the past, Britain will stand or fall by the fighting power of her fleet. For Richard Bolitho, the renewal of hostilities means a fresh command and the chance of action after long months of inactivity. However, his mission to support Lord Hood in the mona ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 15th 1984 by Jove (first published 1969)
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Jennifer
This book in the Bolitho series has its advantages, especially in the beginning, with well-written battle series that don't stint on how random and gory circumstances could become. And at first, the book is lacking in the major flaw of the other books I've read in the series, which is the incessant and vocal idolization of the main character by other characters. However, about halfway through the book, a character from an earlier book appeared, and I shuddered with dread. Indeed, as before, the ...more
Matimate
Aug 04, 2007 Matimate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Plot summary mixed with thoughts: I had never read anything from Alexander Kent before I read that book, so starting to read 9th book from 24 novels about Richie Bolitho (I do not count those about his nephew...aka Dick revival). But still it was great fun. It was easy going plot with simple English which made it smoothly devoured.The naval terminology and general warfare terminology is cut in to the simplicity worth of understanding of village idiot. I managed to get the course of the ship and ...more
Alan
Dec 07, 2015 Alan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: age-of-sail
A little to close to Forester's Ship of the Line, with both featuring the protagonist captain commanding his first two decker, with an admiral marrying the woman who will become the captain's wife.
Alex George
Jan 29, 2014 Alex George rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blue-shelf
Alexander Kent has a masterful way of making the reader feel as if they are on board. He leaves no detail behind, and one gets the sense that he himself must have been out at sea for quite some time.
Hermann Gucinski
I can recommend this to people who love adventure tales set in the days of iron men and wooden ships. I think the Patrick O'Brian tales (Master and Commander etc.) were the best of the breed, but the Alexander Kent novels are page turners, and the nautical settings and descriptions seem accurate enough, with occasional lapses. In these tales, the hero may have set-backs but wins, so the outcome is rarely in doubt. I like books about the sea, but this will not be everyone's cup of tea. I note tha ...more
George
Jul 28, 2008 George rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who enjoyed the Horatio Hornblower series
June, 1793, Richard Bolitho takes command of the HYPERION, a 74 gun ship of the line, at Gibraltar. He will be serving in the western Mediterranean off the coast of France in the early stages of the war with revolutionary France.

This is another action packed adventure novel in the Bolitho series which further developes his leadership and command skills and developing respect amount fellow commanders, but not necessarily those above him.
Leanne Madsen
Mar 12, 2016 Leanne Madsen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I listen to it very exciting book.
Matt Howard
Jan 08, 2008 Matt Howard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alexander Kent has written nearly thirty novels with Richard Bolitho, Bonaparte wars British sea-captain and his nephew Adam as the protagonists. In other words, these are in the same genre as Patrick O'Brian and the Hornblower novels. What sets these apart is the attention to developing Bolitho's character, but they are basically relaxing time killers. This review and entry includes all the books through #23 to avoid making separate entries for each.
Merritt
Jul 07, 2009 Merritt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fun installment in the Bolitho series. Again, great plot, great subplot, great characters, and great romance (though DUDE, you don't just go asking the fiance of your psycho angry admiral to marry you. Sorry, that was NOT smooth).
Robert
Apr 10, 2014 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: alexander-kent
this book was another good Bolitho read!
Aaron
Nov 08, 2014 Aaron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
good time running through this one. surprising how good old naval fiction is. reads really well and the drama plays out great in print. i'd read another one, but won't seek them out.
Matthew
Book 11 in this series proved just as enjoyable as the previous installments. It had been a few months since I read anything in this series and I enjoyed the return to the days of sail.
Brian
Good historic novel - not quite a accurate historically as a Bernard Cornwell or CS forrester - but good to read
John
Jul 25, 2015 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not sure how many times I have read the Bolitho series, but they never get old to me.
Margareth8537
Sep 17, 2013 Margareth8537 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These are always a good, easy and fast read. Found the land action interesting
Topher
Mar 20, 2010 Topher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: naval-warfare
Continuing adventures of Bolitho - as well written, entertaining series.
Darlene
Jan 31, 2016 Darlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More of the great same! Richard gets married in the end.
Rick Byam
Jul 07, 2014 Rick Byam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great stuff. Keeps you right in the action and characters.
Doug
Jan 30, 2014 Doug rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book in the series. Totally hooked.
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