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Captain Blackwell's Prize

(Blackwell's Adventures #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  14 reviews
"A phenomenon - a romance set at sea in the age of fighting sail by an author who knows her background intimately." - Joan Druett, award-winning maritime historian and author of the bestseller Island of the Lost: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World A romantic adventure from the days of wooden ships and iron men, Captain Blackwell's Prize is a story of honor, duty, social ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 16th 2013 by Old Salt Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ulett makes a strong start for the Captain Blackwell series with this initial novel. Though I place Patrick O’Brian’s saga way above any other novels of the British Navy during the Napoleonic Wars, Captain Blackwell’s Prize is definitely a worthwhile read.

The nautical nomenclature is well-applied: "He was on deck when the wind veered. Captain Blackwell ordered the spare fore topsail yard up in place of the crossjack yard. They bent another mizzen topsail and crawled to the mouth of the Port of
Gary Inbinder
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Romance and Adventure on the High Seas

4.5 stars

Set at the time of the Treaty of Amiens (March 1802--May 1803) Captain Blackwell’s Prize is an engaging, well-written Nautical Adventure with vivid descriptions of life at sea in the British Navy during the Napoleonic Wars, and a heavy dose of romance.

The story begins with an exciting action sequence; the captain of the Inconstant (the names of Blackwell’s commands, Inconstant and Assurance, bear a clever reference to the story-line) takes a “prize
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
This novel opens with a pretty epic naval battle and the action continues right through to the last page, so if you want a novel that feels like a movie, this is your book.

Set sometime in the 18th or early 19th century (I'm not exactly sure), the novel follows Captain James Blackwell, British Naval captain, and his ship the Inconstant. During a battle with a Spanish frigate, he liberates (or seizes, depending on your viewpoint) Mercedes de Aragon, a Spanish-American woman on her way to Gibralte
Meg - A Bookish Affair
3.5. Captain Blackwell's Prize is part adventure story and part love story (the love story probably gets a little bit more focus overall). While this book would probably fall most into the historical romance category, there is a lot of really good historical detail that historical fiction lovers will love as well.

When the Trinidad is overtaken by Captain Blackwell and his men, the gorgeous Mercedes comes into Captain Blackwell's life. They shouldn't fall in love. She is Spanish and technically
This is an enjoyable book as I like nautical adventures. The reason for the 3 stars is that the overall story is sort of "tepid" as nautical stories goes. The love story between Blackwell and Mercedes is also kind of hard to get into. There doesn't seem like much of a courtship where the tension builds.

Mercedes is taken prisoner as a part of a naval action between a British Navy sloop and a Spanish Frigate. The sloop is outclassed gunwise but the crew of the British ship is better trained and m
Julie Rose
Jul 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a terrific book! Thoroughly entertaining from start to finish, it's a wonderful, surprisingly romantic, homage to Patrick O'Brian. Ulett's dialog is spot-on and the elegant writing style is a real joy.
Erin Al-Mehairi
From my review on my blog:

I recently read Captain Blackwell's Prize by V. E. Ulett for her book tour as she sails the Internet to let historical fiction readers in on some romance of the high seas. I had never read much in the way of naval or sea romance, but I have watched the films Master and Commander and all Pirates of the Caribbean, liking both types of ship Captains. I also love the ocean and history set in the time period where massive ships with tall, high-flying sails littered the shore
Kristen Tarzwell
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This Nautical historical fiction is action-packed from a fiery love story to epic battles in the beginning of the book to terrible weather on the sea which risks the lives of everyone involved. The Story starts off when the Trinidad is overtaken by Captain Blackwell (Captain of the Inconstant), and his crew during a startling face paced opening fight scene. The members of the Trinidad are then moved on over to Captain Blackwell`s ship and though all of them get sent below
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Set on the high seas around the time of the Napoleonic Wars, V.E. Ulett's debut novel, Captain Blackwell's Prize, is quick-paced romantic adventure. Set against the backdrop of English-Spanish conflict and a rising threat from France, the focus of this novel is on Captain James Blackwell of the Royal Navy, and Mercedes de Aragon, a young women taken aboard Blackwell's vessel, Inconstant, after the Spanish ship she was sailing on was captured by the British. While Captain Blackwell and Mercedes q ...more
Lee Holz
Dec 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Captain Blackwell’s Prize is a first class representative of this genre of romantic adventures in the tradition of C. .S. Forester’s Hornblower novels. The detail was good and the story highly enjoyable. Please note that the book is available for kindle, and the edition I own is the kindle edition.
Jun 12, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Well written, great voice on the version. I enjoyed the story until the romance part of the novel. I was expecting for historical fiction (which that part was great!). For someone who likes romance novels, I think this would be a good choice.
Sarah Elizabeth
Do NOT get the audio book. It was poorly recorded. Sounds like it was taped in and out of a bathroom. Loved the excerpts I read but the author/narrator ruined the story for me. Never did finish it.
Linda Ulleseit
May 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The time period is perfectly created, and the characters are compelling by their strength. I loved Mercedes and Captain Blackwell--complex characters you have to root for.
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V.E. Ulett is a long time resident of California, but spends most of her time in a romantic nineteenth century world of airships and adventure. When she isn't head down in a first hand account of capture by pirates, battle at sea, or experimental flight, V.E. is an ordinary Silicon Valley warrior. Rare leisure hours are spent with her own small Hell-Cats.

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