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The Cursed Fortress

(Carlisle & Holbrooke Naval Adventures #5)

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The French called it La Forteresse Maudite, the Cursed Fortress. Louisbourg stood at the mouth of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, massive and impregnable, a permanent provocation to the British colonies. It was Canada’s first line of defence, guarding the approaches to Quebec, from where all New France lay open to invasion. It had to fall before a British fleet could be sent up ...more
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Published July 18th 2019 by Self-Published
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Steven Toby
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a worthy successor to Hornblower novels for those who crave an authentic tale of naval action and are willing to go further back than the Napoleonic era where most of the literature is set. Details of ship handling and life on board seem word perfect, and since the author sticks closely to the history the plot is pretty much how it happened so we can’t complain events seem unlikely.
Furthermore, the story unreels at an even pace that allows blow by blow treatment of the battles almost li
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Leslie Duffield
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good enjoyable historic naval fiction

Almost up to the standard of Forester et all
Have enjoyed the series so far.
,looking forward to book 6
Chaplain Stanley Chapin
A decent sailing ship action

It was an enjoyable read with a lot of personal narrative and normal sailing ship manuscript. There was not much real ship to ship fighting.
Jaime Ponseti
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great 18th Century Naval Fiction

I have read many of the various Age of Fighting Sail series in their totality and look forward to the continuing saga of Capts Carlisle and Holbrooke. Mr. Durbin has completely drawn me in to this world. I really appreciate his developing of characters on all decks as well as his delving into the thought processes and calculations of his actors, even some that only pass briefly through the story. The tale doesn't get excessively bogged down in the minutiae
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Becky Stickley
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another very fine installment in the Carlisle & Holbrooke Series

To have ordered a ship from the Jamaica Station to Nova Scotia in winter was just cold. It was a neat device to get Carlisle’s wife to Williamsburg though and the action in the Louisbourg campaign was compelling.

As always the story was well researched and well written. Carlisle’s self analysis and level of self awareness is remarkable. The final scene is quite funny.
gerry
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The fight to claim North America begins

History comes alive in Chris Durbin's series of the Carlisle and Holbrooke maritime adventures. One has to respect the complications of war at sea with sails, wind, weather, tides and currents. These heroes are courageous and smart. Learning about the various roll each seaman contributes to the effort has been an education for this reader and the glossary has been extremely helpful.
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James Martin
Feb 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read it twice (so far!)

Having spent 40 odd years in aviation I have a perverse fascination with sail and Chris Durbin writes so well that I can see the action and it all feels correct. Carlisle and Holbrooke are developing well as characters and I sense a soft spot for young Whittle coming along. Looking forward to the next one Chris.
Sara H. Rubida
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ready and waiting for the next book

As a big fan of naval historical fiction, I latch onto any good series and writer and devour the books when I find them Chris Durbin has wonderful credentials for interpreting, fuctionalizing. And writing about seafaring adventures in the age of sail. I'm ready for number 6 (7, 8, etc .) in the Carlisle series.
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May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read

Well written and researched novel of birth of Canada, Carlisle and his crew, battle the elements and the French, plenty of action and intregue,onwards to the next in the series.
John T. Crawford
Very Enjoyable

Thoroughly enjoy the blend of history with the protagonist’s story. The interplay within the crew is particularly enlightening. I can see the years on Naval service in the interplay amongst key members of the crew.
Keith Lender
Mar 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good Writer

I have read the other four books and will continue reading the series. I enjoy historical fiction and this Author does she great job.
Roger Newell
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Superb novel well written.

Characters very believable. Holds the attention till the very last page. A great read for any for anyone interested in this genre.
Beverly
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good series!

Mr Durbin writes a good story. Recommend series to all who enjoy history and adventure. Now excuse me...time to start book six!
Brett T
In the third book of his "Carlisle and Holbrooke" series of naval fiction novels, Jamaica Station, Chris Durbin let the junior of the pair, George Holbrooke, make use of the personal and professional growth in which he'd been encouraged by his captain, Edward Carlisle. In the subsequent two volumes, Durbin has events take their course and separate the pair, as he spent book #4 on Holbrooke and now returns to Carlisle in #5, The Cursed Fortress.

Fully recovered from his injuries, Carlisle is sent
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john temple
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyable naval yarn

The latest in this series doesn’t disappoint, the author manages to place his character in the known history seamlessly and it makes for a thoroughly enjoyable read. Alongside the gunpowder and smoke you feel sympathy for the personal points of the story
Jude
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good ending indeed

What a good ending to a beautiful story. Perhaps there should be more action in terms of losses on the protaganist side to make the story more compelling. Else it feels quite straight forward.
JOHN P GAMERTSFELDEER
Excellent writing!

This is an excellent example of Durbin's finely crafted historic naval fiction. A real pleasure to read and I'm looking forward to the next book in this series!
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Edwin A Schutt
Sea battles could be a little more detailed.

Refreshing read. Time period is right on. Wish there were more writing on clipped ships when the U.S. states our navy.
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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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