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Mister Tidwell Gunner: A 19th Century Seafaring Saga of War, Self-reliance, and Survival

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In the year 1798, Oxford academic Mister Tidwell, to his abject terror, finds himself pressed into the British Navy schooling young midshipmen aboard the HMS Swiftsure of Lord Nelson’s famed fleet. To compound his horror, Tidwell must man a battle station during combat–the makeshift operating room deep in the belly of the ship where the surgeons are no better than ...more
Audio CD, Unabridged Retail Edition, 2 pages
Published June 23rd 2014 by Galaxy Audio
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Steven Brandt
Oct 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Mister Tidwell is the soft-spoken, scholarly type; a professor at Oxford University no less. His relatively quiet, well-ordered life is suddenly turned topsy-turvy when he is pressed into service in Admiral Nelson’s British fleet as a schoolmaster. The Napoleonic Wars are in full swing and Professor Tidwell is terrified and overwhelmed to find his ship the target of French man-o’wars and every man, including himself, must fight. It is a defining moment in his sedentary life when he comes to the ...more
Nick
Oct 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pulp-adventure
The title story was a real treat. Based on a real series of events from the Napoleonic Wars, the actions in the story take place during one of the most peculiar decisive moments in naval history. The Battle of the Nile was where Lord Nelson defeated a powerful French fleet, one whose admiral and captains snatched defeat from the jaws of victory by repeated mistakes. You can't make mistakes and win against Nelson.
Anyway, Mister Tidwell is the ship's tutor, on board to teach mathematics to the
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Bruce Deming
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent story from the same era of Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brien. The sound in the audiobook was as strikingly realistic as the movie Master and Commander.

Tidwell is forced into British Naval service after writing a mild treatise opposing taxes and thrust into the brutal reality of service and war on the tall ships, finally ending with a meeting with Lord Nelson himself.

A good tale of applied intelligence and use of some study overcoming crude brute force and chaos.

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Peter Jones
A saga is a long and complicated story with many details. This wasn't.

It was brief (it took up only about 2/3 of the book) and somewhat boring. The balance of the book is filled with extracts (teasers?) for other works.

Not what I was expecting and ultimately disappointing.

Thank you to NetGalley and Galaxy Press for a digital ARC in return for an unbiased review.
Craig
May 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of three stories, part of the Galaxy Press uniform editions that collect Hubbard's previously uncollected pulp works. It includes The Drowned City from the May, 1935 issue of Top Notch Magazine, Submarine from the George Washington University Hatchett Literary Review from November of 1932, and the title story which originally was published in Adventure Magazine in September of 1936. The Drowned City was my favorite of the trio; it's a quest for sunken treasure in the West ...more
Jacqueline Driggers
This book actually has 3 short stories in it, the book title being one of the stories. They all deal with ships and the sea, back in the old days of vessels with sails; and all are very well written. I think that the title story is my favorite among them all. A quick, fun read for those who love stories about the old sailing ships. The book also includes a very good biography of the author, including some great pictures.
Joyce
Oct 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Sea-faring adventures from Hubbard's collection of pulp fiction from 1930s-50s, these three stories feature action on the high seas. In the title story, Hubbard relies on a remembered fact that schoolmasters were aboard British ships to school young midshipman. Here the soft-spoken, mild-mannered schoolmaster gets a chance to prove his mettle and the usefulness of mathematics in a battle during the Napoleonic Wars. "Submarine" is a moody tale of a member of a submarine crew, given leave and ...more
Bill
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a treat! Three adventure tales from the guy who knew how to write terrific exciting stories that hardly let you get your breath. I love his stories and for teachers they make the perfect reading for the guys in the class who would rather do 1,000 other things rather than read a book.

But they also make great reading for anyone – and if they aren’t always totally believable – who cares? Live itself is not always totally believable!
Frank
Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The audiobook version is very well done. This story as well as the other two - "Submarine" and "the Drowned City" - are excellent and make for an enjoyable two hours of listening.
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Lafayette Ronald Hubbard was an American author of science fiction and fantasy stories, and the founder of the Church of Scientology. In 1950, Hubbard authored Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health and established a series of organizations to promote Dianetics. In 1952, Hubbard lost the rights to Dianetics in bankruptcy proceedings, and he subsequently founded Scientology. Thereafter ...more