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Victory (Kydd Sea Adventures #11)

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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  211 ratings  ·  15 reviews
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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D.w.
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
May 23, 2011 Jim rated it 5 of 5 stars
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.

In this parti
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Jim
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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Joe Follansbee
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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Erik
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
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
Robin Carter
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
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
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.
Gordon Chambers
Certainly the best Kydd book yet. A thoroughly enjoyable read. Stockwin just gets better and better.
Dick Root
Each of Julian Stockwin's Kidd series is different. But I am tempted to say Victory is the best.
Mike
This is the best book in the series. I loved it...I'll write more later.
Oismiffy
Fast paced and exciting. The best Kydd yet.
Alan
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 15 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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Other Books in the Series

Kydd Sea Adventures (1 - 10 of 16 books)
  • Kydd (Kydd Sea Adventures, #1)
  • Artemis (Kydd Sea Adventures, #2)
  • Seaflower (Kydd Sea Adventures, #3)
  • Mutiny (Kydd Sea Adventures, #4)
  • Quarterdeck (Kydd Sea Adventures, #5)
  • Tenacious (Kydd Sea Adventures, #6)
  • Command (Kydd Sea Adventures, #7)
  • The Admiral's Daughter (Kydd Sea Adventures, #8)
  • The Privateer's Revenge (Kydd Sea Adventures, #9)
  • Invasion (Kydd Sea Adventures, #10)
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