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Ramage & the Guillotine (Lord Ramage #6)

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Across the English Channel, Napoleon has massed a great invasion flotilla. English forces, under Lord Nelson, are all but paralyzed—not knowing the size, strength, or time of the foreign onslaught. In a daring spy scheme to protect British shores, Ramage is chosen to plumb the secrets of the French, and the penalty for failure is the guillotine.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by McBooks Press (first published November 28th 1975)
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Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it
This, the sixth novel in Dudley Pope's Ramage series, is an anomaly, at least based on the previous five novels. In this book, Ramage has no command of a ship, there is no action at sea and no wonderful descriptions of life aboard a sailing ship. Instead, there is a lot of commentary about smuggling by both the French and British between the two countries even as their countries were at war. There is commentary about the nature of the French Revolution and its effect on the lives of Frenchmen. T ...more
David Flett
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
If, reading through the early Aubrey-Maturin books, I ever wondered why we never got to read about Stephen's spywork in any great detail, I now presume to know the answer. For if this book prooved anything it is that spywork is boring as hell!

This is one of the weaker volumes in the series, fortunately it is also one of the shorter ones.

It reads like the couple of chapters in Ramage & The Drumbeat in which they steal the Spanish despatches, but expanded into a whole novel, only without a bi
Bob Cantrell
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is my fifth read in the Ramage series by Dudley Pope. It is a bit shorter than the other stories I have read, but it didn't lack for a good storyline. Ramage to gain information about Napoleon's invasion fleet for the Admiralty. How he goes about it is to slip into France and take a look. This he does, but after he is there more valuable information becomes available to him. All that is required is a little luck, a little nerve, and a proper localism to do the deed and get the information. ...more
Nancy Crayton
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dudley Pope wrote historical fiction. He knew his subject and I think it's clear that he undertook to share his enthusiasm for the period and the people who lived during those times. I suggest if you are a fan of Patrick O'Brian's stories of naval warfare and are not that interested in the events on land, skip this book. I understand critics who can't accept the Admiralty sending an officer of the Royal Navy into France to spy. Not only an officer but a titled heir to an Earl.

If you enjoy histo
Jon Box
Feb 13, 2013 rated it liked it
An interesting story, but a British Naval officer spying in Boulogne and Amiens, France (under the cover of act an Italian boat builder) is not my idea of the best way to leverage Dudley Pope's naval literary skills . . .
May 05, 2012 rated it liked it
The first of the Ramage books - all of which are exciting and well written. The Ramage series ranks 3rd with me behind Hornblower and Bolitho for age of sail excitement. Ramage is just a little too good and nothing is impossible..
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I am such a geek, I really can't get enough of these nautical tails.
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Dudley Pope was born in Ashford, Kent.

By concealing his age, Pope joined the Home Guard aged 14 and at age 16 joined the Merchant Navy as a cadet. His ship was torpedoed the next year (1942). Afterwards, he spent two weeks in a lifeboat with the few other survivors.

After he was invalided out of the Merchant Navy, the only obvious sign of the injuries Pope had suffered was a joint missing from on
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