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In the King's Name (Adam Bolitho #5)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  149 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Filled with high-seas intrigue and sharp tensions, this nautical novel takes an intense voyage into the heart of Napoleonic-era Africa. The year is 1819 and Captain Adam Bolitho has been sent on an urgent but risky mission to make a fast passage from Plymouth to Freetown, West Africa, with secret orders for the senior officer stationed there. Due to the slave trade being d ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 24th 2011 by McBooks Press (first published 2011)
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Dec 29, 2012 Jim rated it really liked it
I recently retired after 40 years in the book industry but I volunteer at our local library. As I was working a project recently, I came across Alexander Kent’s most recent book (#28) in his Bolitho naval saga, IN THE KING’S NAME (ISBN 978-1590134818, trade paperback, $16.95). To say I was surprised is an understatement. I had read #27 FIVE years ago and had thought the series was done. #28 was published in 2011 in hardcover, now in paperback. I heartily recommend this series.

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Dec 10, 2011 Jim rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
Dismal. I tried and tried, but I found the writing style bizarre and the characters confused. There was no discernible plot and a superfluity of elipses, italics and goodness knows what. I had no feeling of being aboard ship, and when ship's boats went ashore to investigate the "mission" I had no clear idea of what was going on. Luckily it was a library book. I shan't be tempted by Kent again. I used to read him years ago, before O'Brien came along to steal the show, and found him passable. The ...more
Oct 21, 2014 Andrew rated it liked it
This one felt like it was written by someone else. Too many references to Sir Richard rather than keeping the focus on the events taking place in the book's present.

I also never really felt like there was a solid focus on the slavery or corruption issue which was mildly referenced near the beginning of the book. At the end, the story just kind of peters out and you're left feeling kind of. . . . eh.
May 21, 2012 Tim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After around 15 books in the series I think that Alexander Kent has finally run aground, the narrative was patchy and disjointed and the storyline weak and confusing.
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This was OK but he has done better. Too many poor transitions from one scene to the next, left me scratching my head until I read further context and put two and two together.
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