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Victory (Kydd Sea Adventures #11)

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In the 11th book of this popular series, Napoleon Bonaparte continues planning for the invasion of England as Admiral Horatio Nelson and the Royal Navy patrol the seas, seeking out their elusive enemy. When convoluted political machinations in England lead to the impeachment of the head of the Navy, Commander Thomas Kydd is forced to choose sides. Eager to take on the real ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by McBooks Press (first published June 24th 2010)
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Jim
Mar 15, 2011 Jim rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anybody who likes a good fast-paced, heroic sea tale
This was a fast paced naval yarn about an up and coming officer, Thomas Kydd. The tenth in a series by Julian Stockwin, a former officer in the Royal Navy himself, it can easily stand on its own as a fine read. I have always had a fondness for ships and naval epics and this does not disappoint. While there is some naval jargon, it wasn't forced on me like in a Faulkner novel, and the context of the writing never left me scratching my head, wondering what the author was referring to.

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Erik
Nov 21, 2010 Erik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every autumn means a new installment in his ever-growing sea-faring naval series set during the Napoleonic Wars, and starring the much-tested but never wavering Thomas Kydd. And this year brought forth his tenth book, Victory – which in my estimation is his best since Mutiny, the fourth.

Nearly cast into limbo as a ship-less post-captain from events occurring in the last book, Invasion, Kydd is swept up in the evens leading up to and then culminating with the Battle of Trafalgar -- the pivotal a
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Chad
Mar 15, 2011 Chad rated it liked it
I enjoyed this nautical adventure, but I have enjoyed other high seas works more. The Battle of Trafalgar was an incredible naval historical event and I appreciate Commander Stockwin trying to fit it into the Commander Thomas Kydd storyline. The problem for me was that it just did not flow smoothly and did not really connect. I loved the setting, both the time period and the location(s), but some of the conversations between characters were over the top in that English eras way of speaking. I wa ...more
Eric
Aug 05, 2016 Eric rated it really liked it
The only reason this series isn't rated five stars are the lengths of the books. They are short, averaging 320 pages. I know boring, but I will read them all. Onto number twelve. Conquest Conquest (Kydd Sea Adventures, #12) by Julian Stockwin
Donald Houston
Nelson's death at Trafalgar!

This book covers the approach to this incident, the sea chase of Villeneuve, and last but not least the battle in which Lord Nelson was mortally wounded! An excellent read!
Gordon Chambers
Aug 26, 2010 Gordon Chambers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Certainly the best Kydd book yet. A thoroughly enjoyable read. Stockwin just gets better and better.
J.G. Follansbee
Aug 28, 2011 J.G. Follansbee rated it really liked it
This review also appears on Joe Follansbee's blog.

"Better late than never" seems an apt phrase to apply to me, now that I’ve finally read one of Julian Stockwin’s rousing high seas action-adventure series of books featuring Thomas Kydd. And I had to start at a sort of end with Victory, the latest story that shows Kydd rising to the post of frigate captain, possibly the most glamorous position in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars, the environment for the series. (Another in the series, Co
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D.w.
Sep 21, 2012 D.w. rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, reviewed
Stockwin doesn't disappoint, but things are getting long winded for some of his characters.

We certainly have exhausted our heroes side kick, Nicholas at this stage. Before he was a guide, but bow he seems as useless as a jellyfish. His classical learning helps at one point, but his angst ridden presence just takes up too much space. Certainly time to either make use of him, or get rid of him.

We spend so much time with the secondary sidekick, and Nelson, that we have little development of our her
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Jim
Mar 15, 2011 Jim rated it really liked it
Fans of Patrick O'Brian's books will feel right at home with Julian Stockwin's series. The hero is Thomas Kydd, who's adventures as a British sailor during the Napoleonic wars compare favorably with those of O'Brian's Jack Aubrey. I was fortunate enough to receive the latest installment from Goodreads Giveaways.

In Victory we get the climactic battle of Trafalgar and the death of Horatio Nelson. But that doesn't come until the very end. Stockwin begins by getting Kydd and his crew into an exciti
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Jim
Sep 28, 2015 Jim rated it it was amazing
This is the story of the Battle of Trafalgar, Vice Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson's great victory over the combined French/Spanish fleet, which exited from Cadiz. Nelson's victory, although at the cost of his own life, ensured that the French and Spanish were never able to bring a large enough fleet of men-of-war ships to ensure the safety for the French invasion army ready to take the war to England's soil.

Kydd, having lost HMS Teazer after a heroic struggle against two French ships, is suddenly p
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Robin Carter
May 07, 2012 Robin Carter rated it it was amazing
I have to be up front im a fan of Kydd and Julian Stockwin, I have all the books, so you would expect a good review and glowing praise.
But even with that I was surprised by this book, every time Kydd has an outing im surprised by the direction of the plot and the Interaction between Renzi and Kydd, the beautiful flow of the language between all of the characters and the natural way that they all fit together So brilliantly into a finely woven tapestry.
But this time....i have to say I was stunned
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Tim the Wiz
Oct 16, 2010 Tim the Wiz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
A series slaving away alongside its brethren in the shadow of titans. Although Stockwin's command of naval action is no less masterful than past volumes, there is some failing in the frightless portrayal of the 'Great Terror' England finds itself in at the prospect of Napoleon's invasion. Moreover, after a riveting and sometimes morose start, there is an almost enfeebled, comfortable passage on the way to Trafalgar which could, admittedly, be the product of its evident place in history.

The nove
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jallioop
One of the best in the Kydd series, and one of the best among nautical fiction generally for describing the Battle of Trafalgar. I especially like the interludes with Pitt to put the run up to Trafalgar into a strategic context and to give the reader a wider view than Kydd has. Also nice were the interludes with the midshipman on Nelson's ship, again to give context. Interesting approach for the actual battle, to switch to the midshipman to be the narrator, since as a frigate commander Kydd wasn ...more
Hilary
Jan 13, 2011 Hilary rated it it was amazing
I thoughb this was excellent - I read it in two days! I am a writer, presently working on a biography of an 18th century " superstar" and much of much of my research is around Nelson's Navy. This book is probably the best I have ever read on Trafalgar - fiction yes - but 100% authentic in its detail - and superbly crafted characters.I felt I was there, amid the smoke, blood and terror.A "must" for fans of Donnachie,Kent, and Pope, etc.
Alex
Dec 10, 2016 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A cleverly written account of Kydd's involvement with Nelson and Trafalgar. Tenderly crafted so that it doesn't impinge upon the real action - Stockwin uses the character of Bowden, a midshipman on Victory who had previously served with Kydd, to tell the Victory aspects through his role as signals midshipman, a clever move which works out well.
The relationship between Renzi and Kydd's sister Cecillia takes something of a storm, but this will no doubt sought itself out in future books.
Mike
Dec 09, 2010 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best book in the series. I loved it...I'll write more later.
Oismiffy
May 23, 2013 Oismiffy rated it it was amazing
Fast paced and exciting. The best Kydd yet.
Dick Root
Dec 10, 2010 Dick Root rated it really liked it
Each of Julian Stockwin's Kidd series is different. But I am tempted to say Victory is the best.
Alan
Feb 04, 2011 Alan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am addicted to swashbucklers.
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Julian Stockwin was sent at the age of fourteen to Indefatigable, a tough sea-training school. He joined the Royal Navy at fifteen. He now lives in Devon with his wife Kathy. Julian has written 18 books to date in the Kydd series of historical adventure fiction, the story of one man's journey from pressed man to admiral in the age of fighting sail, and a non-fiction book, 'Stockwin's Maritime Misc ...more
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Kydd Sea Adventures (1 - 10 of 18 books)
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  • Artemis (Kydd Sea Adventures, #2)
  • Seaflower (Kydd Sea Adventures, #3)
  • Mutiny (Kydd Sea Adventures, #4)
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