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A Brig of War (Nathaniel Drinkwater #3)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  138 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Based on the real life career of Royal Navy officer Nathaniel Drinkwater from 1798-1800, "A Brig of War" chronicles the lieutenant's confrontation with his old enemy, Edouard Sathonax, who is preparing his French Squadron for a descent on India. While hunting this elusive quarry, Drinkwater finds himself fighting to bring a half-armed ship safely to the Cape of Good Hope a ...more
Paperback, 308 pages
Published April 7th 1998 by Warner Books (NY) (first published April 11th 1983)
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Oct 21, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Royal Navy of the Napoleonic Era, based on the historical novels set in this period, seems to have been as full of infighting, nepotism, and promotion of sycophantic underlings as the average U.S. corporation in this era of M.B.A. proliferation. As noted in my synopsis of A King's Cutter, there always seem to be Bolithos, Lewries, Aubreys, and Drinkwaters who are deserving of promotion but have no "influence."

Fortunately for our protagonists, the common sailors are more concerned with deeds
David Eppenstein
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am a fan of this genre and this is the third installment of Woodman's Drinkwater series that I have read. I've read all of O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series and I have to say in all honesty that so far I much prefer Woodman's books. The sailing history is accurate and the naval action authentic in all respects. O'brian's characters might be more endearing but Woodman's characters are no less engaging. Woodman's plots, however, have a much more emotional, visceral appeal that O'Brian's books neve ...more
Luis Suarez
Mar 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Muy buen libro para continuar la saga de Drinkwater, mientras haya existido Patrick O'Brian jamás podré ponerle a otro autor de la armada inglesa 5 estrellas. Una de las cosas buenas de la saga de Drinkwater es que es más fiel a la historia que la Aubrey y Maturin. Muy bien tocado el tema del intento de invasión de la india del joven General Napoleón Bonaparte a principios del siglo XIX. Muy buena descripción de los acontecimientos y de los personajes que participaron en los eventos en el Mar Ro ...more
Nov 01, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: tall-ship era naval fiction buffs
As with the two earlier installments, the book starts slow and gradually picks up the pace to a satisfying tempo. Still not quite as good as the initial installment (Midshipman) but I will continue -- also, at a leisurely pace -- with the series until I reach my fill, or completion.
Chris Nardo
Aug 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A very good historical fiction story of the British Navy during the Napoleonic War.
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Richard Woodman became an indentured midshipman in cargo liners at 16 and has sailed in a variety of ships, serving from apprentice to captain. He remains a professional sailor and in 1978 won the Marine Society's Harmer Award.
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