Cut And Runby Alaric Bond
Disillusioned by the lack of opportunity in the Royal Navy, Lieutenant King opts for a spell with the Honourable East India Company. But, a trip in an Indiaman is anything but the easy option when his captain is revealed to be an old enemy.
With the added perils of privateers, storms, and the might of the
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The name's Bond. Alaric Bond. If you are a diehard fan of historic naval fiction you will have heard of Alaric Bond, a British author born in Surrey whose father was also a writer of some renown. If you're not an age-of-sail geek but you like tightly written historical fiction, then let me acquaint you with Alaric Bond's Fighting Sail Series, published by Fireship Press. You can jump right in with Cut and Run, the fourth book in the loosely related series, in which young lieutenant Tom King is the central character. In this episode Tom is temporarily employed by the East India Company instead of His Majesty's Royal Navy. I found the change of pace welcome, very plausible, and I was glad for a glimpse of life aboard a merchantmen. But don't think you can relax in a deck chair because in this era a merchant ship is prey. Bond plots well and the pacing is spot-on but what I liked best were the characters themselves and how they dealt with their various situations. Bond peoples his vessels with believable characters, both men and women, from various stations. The female characters are not just whores, vixens or termagant wives, they are real people and the author gives them the full humanity they deserve. Being a female myself, these things matter! Because Bond's characters are convincing, when the chase begins and the shooting starts I actually give a damn about what happens. Mr. Bond doesn't always keep his good guys alive, which adds to the tension as well as to the sense of reality, yet he is definitely in charge of his story. From page one I knew I was in expert hands. Cut and Run's well-crafted climactic chase is outstanding; my heart was racing for many pages as I agonized for Tom King and his shipmates. Even if you've never read an age-of-sail book before, you could come aboard on Bond's fourth novel and not be lost (he includes a concise nautical glossary.) In fact, you just might find yourself hooked. This is realistic historical fiction at its best.