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Persephone: Thomas Kydd 18

(Kydd Sea Adventures #18)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  284 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Unputdownable naval action from the master of the sea story - Julian Stockwin returns with the next installment of action from Captain Sir Thomas Kydd.

November 1807. Captain Sir Thomas Kydd must sail to Lisbon to aid the Portuguese Royal Family's evacuation in the face of Napoleon's ruthless advance through Iberia. In the chaos of the threatened city an old passion is reaw
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Hodder & Stoughton
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Mark Harrison
Pretty decent addition to the series as Kydd gets haunted by women from his past, tries to establish himself in London society and has a dabble in politics. Not much sea action and little for Renzi to do but entertaining to see Kydd develop and meet characters from previous installments.
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
At last a naval book with at least occasional naval action. Even if Captain Kydd spends 75% of the book on shore, it was at least well gripping. There's something about Stockwin's short chapter way of writing that keeps you captivated and always starting the next chapter (It's only another 2 pages, no harm....)
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Boy meets girl again. Girl and boy do the dance. Sea adventures in between and around. Interesting write up on the nasty tides and currents of the Hebrides Islands off Scotland. Iron men and wooden ships. Boy and girl become man and wife.

A pretty good yarn that kept me turning the pages until 2 ayem to finish it. Nice to be retired with no alarm clock to worry about.

Bob Cantrell
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I started this one, I wasn't sure if it was going to be an exciting read. This is because a lot of the story occurs on land and for me this is usually a slow read, but this one was a lively tale. The is romance, high seas action, and watching a man make some what of fool of himself. The story was one of a tangled romance that didn't seem to get started, but there is hope by the end. Although the twist at the end was what I expected to happened it was fun. If you are a fan of the the Thomas ...more
Jul 19, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One star from my, by far the worst in the series so far.

The last one was just boring as hell, this one is annoying as hell!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We start with a bit in Portugal, frankly is a bit uninteresting, but okay, this is just the setup to meet his old love interest Persephone. But then it derails.

Spoiler alert!!!

I know the Kydd randomly meeting his friends somewhere in the world in some random port where service gets him to be is quite overdone, previously it was always his friend Renzi, but this o
Clemens Schoonderwoert
This thrilling historical naval story is the 18th volume of the fabulous "Thomas Kydd" series.
At the beginning of the book it contains three wonderful maps, one of Iberia, one of the North Sea with especially the Pentland Firth and lastly Iceland, and they will all play a significant part of Kydd's adventures in this book.
Also you'll find a list of Dramatis Personae, with real historical figures as well as fictional ones, who are all superbly featuring within this wonderful naval story, while at
Dec 02, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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For the follower of Captain Sir Thomas Kydd, captain of HMS Tyger, a frigate in the British navy in the early 1800's, this book is most likely a bit of a disappointment. There is little in the way of clashes at sea between the British and Napoleon's navy. In fact, there is little about life at sea.

In this novel, Julian Stockwin pursues the romantic side of Kydd as he pursues an old flame. As a famous frigate captain, Kydd finds himself the target of London attention, and he, unfortunately, gets
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
c2017 (6) FWFTB: 1807, Brazil, society, Yarmouth, seamanship. Once again, a synopsis is not quite it seems. In parts, I started to dislike the hero quite strongly. Fortunately, he puts himself to rights and everything is alright in the end. For me, this book is the weakest in the series so far. I much prefer it when the Captain is in action and when he is on land, the story loses its charm. The torturous love angle was not a hit with me and almost on a par with the insta-love of the modern so-ca ...more
Ellen Church
This man can write. I love the nautical adventures and derring-do of Thomas Kydd and have read with delight as the simple descriptions of the seafaring life in the age of Nelson have become more complicated and nuanced as Kydd matures. Well, in this book, Kydd contemplates marriage, purchasing a manor home, a seat in Parliament and giving up the seafaring life. Mundane as these tasks might be, Julian Stockwin has approached it as a student of Jane Austen. Some might be offended by our noble Kydd ...more
Naomi Greenway
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It's the first of the Captain Thomas Kidd series I've read and I couldn't put it down. Despite my lack of seafaring knowledge I couldn't help being caught up in the fast paced action and adventure as Kidd navigated the high seas, but also the dangerous waters of the highest echelons of society. I found the level of historical detail fascinating, and, so I've been informed accurate. Persephone is a brilliant character and the development of the relationship between her and Kidd ...more
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent wrap up of some loose ends when I wasn't keeping myself from chucking the book across the room and then stabbing it like the shower scene from Psycho. A lot of plot twists kept me on the edge of my seat. I was engaged in the story to the point that it was hard to put down. The down side is there are 4 books left in the series at this time. I'm going to be bereft when the series ends.

There will not be any spoilers. My reading group has taking an interest in the Kydd series. And like
Lori Field
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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May 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hmmm...did I just read a romance novel? It sure reads more like something written for a different audience. This was an unexpected read and probably exaggerated the social mores of the time. The irony is thick ... too thick; maybe it was a bow to "fate". It does fill out an unusual chapter in Kydd's life, but was quite laborious. A reader of the series could skip #17 and #18 without doing damage to the storyline. Read it if you must.
Marten Wennik
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lit-of-the-sea
A great tale

Stock win has created a wonderful tale for this, Kydd #18, episode. I found myself struggling to put the book down. Each time it seemed Kydd’s life was going well, another turn or hiccup arose, frustrating me while driving me on in the reading. Worthwhile read for any taken with the tales of Sir Thomas Kydd.
Pastor Parker
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When our heroes are human, when they struggle, it gives us hope as well. Kydd is the most believable since Bolitho. Love the series.

When our heroes are human, they give us hope, we can identify with their struggles, their luck and their joy. Love reading these tales of Kydd and Renzi.
Angel Serrano
El capitán Kydd vuelve a Inglaterra como héroe de multiples batallas a bordo de su navío Tiger. Allí se encontará de nuevo con la hija del Almirante, su gran amor de juventud, y se enamorará de ella (de nuevo). Pero no todo será tan fácil como escapar de Lisboa huyendo del invasor francés.
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has Kydd navigating an unusual path for most of the book, which is refreshingly different. It also adds a view of London society that isn't available in similar books.

Some aspects of the story feel a little contrived, but overall it is another very enjoyable novel from Mr Stockwin.
S.W. Clemens
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The eighteenth book in this series is a romance that gives us some idea of the strata of London society in 1807, with a satisfying conclusion, as well as a couple of interesting and little known historical events.
Jack Sakalauskas
Excellent read. Kept me up half the night because I had to know what happened. I knew it would have a happy ending, but the way was unique.
Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A much better story than the last book. Captian Kydd is reunited, loss, and reunited again with love. Well done Mr. Stockwin.
Charlie Shaw
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. Glad for Kydd who finally found his true love.
Alan Leo
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

If you read one of Stockwins' tales involving Capt. Kydd you will be hooked on his tales.
Go for it you deserve it!
Jun 19, 2017 marked it as dnf
Shelves: not-own, 2017
Eu à espera de um Sharpe do Bernard Cornwell e sai-me um muito mau amanhado Persuasão da Jane Austen.
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the book. It had an engaging story and brought in elements which i hadn't thought to see again....

Plus it had Kydd in it, unlike the previous book. So always a positive!

Although one thing I will say is, Why the mass of short chapters? The Kydd books always used to have 16-19 long chapters, but in the last two books we've gone to having 80+ mini chapters. I do hope Stockwin goes back to the old format. This new style doesn't allow for as much development of the story and scenes we witne
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Julian Stockwin was sent at the age of fourteen to Indefatigable, a tough sea-training school. He joined the Royal Navy at fifteen. He now lives in Devon with his wife Kathy. Julian has written 20 books to date in the Kydd series of historical adventure fiction, the story of one man's journey from pressed man to admiral in the age of fighting sail, and a non-fiction book, 'Stockwin's Maritime Misc ...more

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