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Holbrooke's Tide

(Carlisle & Holbrooke Naval Adventures #4)

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It is 1758 and the Seven Years War is at its height. The Duke of Cumberland’s Hanoverian army has been pushed back to the river Elbe while the French are using the medieval fortified city of Emden to resupply their army and to anchor its left flank.
George Holbrooke has recently returned from the Jamaica Station in command of a sloop-of-war. He is under orders to survey an
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Paperback, 340 pages
Published February 9th 2019 by Independently published
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Edoardo Albert
Jan 30, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the fourth in Chris Durbin's Carlisle and Holbrooke naval adventures set during the Seven Years War (so half a century before the Napoleonic era milieu of most age-of-sail stories) and the author has really hit his stride. What started off as workmanlike but nautically plausible and engaging stories with likeable characters is in danger of becoming something really quite exceptional through Durbin's increasing command of the language: he is approaching the sort of bell-like clarity of ex ...more
Steven Toby
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It seems to me that in this 4th entry in the Capt. Carlisle/ Lieutenant (now Commander) Holbrook series, Mr. Durbin continues to improve as a storyteller. The current book is pretty much at a level with the Hornblower books. In addition, the author has described an operation that actually took place (clear from the historical note at the back) while Mr. Forester seems to have made up most of his plots. Alas, a sidelight is that reading this account demonstrates just how poorly American secondary ...more
Jes M
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've said it before...

...and I'll say it again... Natural successor to Patrick O'Brien. All the atmosphere of baffling sailing terms, t'gallants, strange tidal flows, unusual clouds and all that stuff but put together so elegantly you almost believe you have some idea what's going on but the joy of it is it doesn't matter because the storyline and historical context drives along brilliantly. Obviously I'll read and enjoy them all and hope for more when I finish the series so far...
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Greg McElroy
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The likes of Alexander Kent's Bolitho books.

Great read, captivating. The Author explains the intricacies of 18th century Naval warfare and historical facts while spinning an entertaining tale to keep our interests. On a par with Kent's Vomit to series. May he churn out as many books, which as the character list grows (influence you know) possibilities expand.
Thank you Chris for the enjoyable read.
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Howard C.
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good reading!

Durban’s style is easy and evocative, mostly true to the period in conversation and historical facts and background. You won’t get Disquieting modernized conversations, yet his characters are not laboriously bound in 19th century vernacular. His tales move along and there is plenty of action to go along with the necessary exposition.
Dave
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Great Series

I’ve enjoyed the first four books very much, (this being the fourth). Great storytelling and the epilogues tie in the real history which I found very interesting. If you like naval fiction you will enjoy this author, Chris Durbin.
anthony heazell
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great sea based series

I really enjoyed this, the fourth , in the series. I have read so many books about the Trafalgar era. This was new to me and I loved the style and development of the characters blending into the historical time frame. Thankyou Chris Durbin
Roger Barnes
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As usall a very good read look forward to next installment keep up the good work Chris well recommended all you books

As us all a good fast moving story well recommended like all your other books Chris look forward to your next offering
Alan  Main
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant, cant wait for number 5.
Chaplain Stanley Chapin
I do like sea stories

Whether they are sailing, steam, combustion, electric or nuclear power. I also prefer naval although do read land and air action.
Tom Taylor
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read

If you like seafaring historical fiction this is very good. Excellent attention to detail while keeping it fast paced. I’d recommend it.
Brian Sams
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read.

While this installment is not a high stakes page turner, it is well written , with very few typos and a satisfying conclusion.
William Kennedy
Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 4

Very good read ,especially if you are a sailor. Would like to see a chart of the action areas. Cornwell’s Sharpe novels are a companion series !
Mary Alyse Capron
Great story telling

Another great saga, in which allows your imagination to thin wild at what life was like in the Royal Navy in the 18th century. Well done Chris.
Pastor Parker
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed the story

Great job on this, Character development is good, something becoming less common in the genre. Like th interaction with the Austrians as well.
John Nino
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Young man makes good

The writing in this series is very good. The historical background really Ste a wonderful stage. Characters are extremely well drawn.
Bill Zaist
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chris Durbin is a good story teller with a good view of the days of sail.
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Chris Durbin grew up in the seaside town of Porthcawl in South Wales. His first experience of sailing was as a sea cadet in the treacherous tideway of the Bristol Channel, and at the age of sixteen, he spent a week in a topsail schooner in the Southwest Approaches. He was a crew member on the Porthcawl lifeboat before joining the navy.

Chris spent twenty-four years as a warfare officer in the Royal
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