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Sword of Honour (Richard Bolitho #25)

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Sir Richard Bolitho returns from a wearing campaign in North American waters to take up a command in Malta. As England's long war with Napoleon reaches its end, will Richard Bolitho's longing for peace—both public and personal—be fulfilled?
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by McBooks Press (first published 1998)
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Mar 29, 2008 Eric rated it really liked it
This is book 23 in a series about the fictional character Richard Bolitho in the British navy. This book takes place during the time Napolean was imprisoned on Elba. The main character is not portrayed as perfect, and is not an action hero.

The ending of the book, as is in the author's style sets up the next book. The author first pages in the next book of the series picks up right after the end of the previous book. The story line is progressive building on all the previous books in the series.
Dec 15, 2007 Matimate rated it it was ok
Shelves: navalfiction, 2008
I am huge fan of Age of sails book and I consume them with vigour and enthusiasm of starving person who was just released from dungeon. I do not read the Bolitho saga in proper order, I am simply taking the books as I get my grasp on them. The number 23 is Bolitho slaughter...yes the main character is gona die and his life is recapitulated in the manner that you want to strangle the brave sir Richard with your own hands and you practically celebrate his death. Mr Kent has a great talent for desp ...more
Rick Byam
Jun 25, 2016 Rick Byam rated it really liked it
Still takes me to sea and a different time. Good historical journey.
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Mar 03, 2011 Gerold Whittaker rated it liked it
The 23rd book in the Bolitho series. It is 1814 and Admiral Sir Richard Bolitho returns to England after several months on the North American coast only to be dispatched to Malta soon afterwards.

Just when he gets the word to return home however, a strange sail is seen on the horizon...

The ending of the book sets up the start of a fresh series starring Adam Bolitho as he takes up and clips on Sir Richard's sword in place of his own.
Megan Baxter
May 19, 2014 Megan Baxter rated it liked it
I know there are many people who love these books, and others of the genre, dearly. And I mean no offense to them when I say, these are not for me. I don't care enough about life at the sea, and even with the rum and occasional flogging, the books are far too antiseptic to satisfy the historian in me.

Also, military history. I don't really give a rat's ass about military history. Those who do, good on you. But it bores me to death. Give me a rousing social history any time.

Maybe it was the wron
Apr 05, 2016 Alex rated it really liked it
Not bad but somewhat predictable conclusion to the main series. That said the way the author has somewhat shifted the plot onto Adam does make me want to read the extension series. But maybe I need to get some alternative books in having read about 10 in a row!
Oct 01, 2012 Bruce rated it it was amazing
Momentous episode in the series! Wonderfully written historical fiction.
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