Beneath the Aurora

Beneath the Aurora

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by Richard Woodman
     
 

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The Year is 1813. Captain Nathaniel Drinkwater succeeds Lord Dungarth as head of the Royal Navy’s Secret Department. While the Grand Army of Napoleon faces defeat on the battlefields of Germany, the discovery of a secret treaty with America leads Drinkwater into the forbidding fjords of Norway, and one of the most desperate missions of his

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The Year is 1813. Captain Nathaniel Drinkwater succeeds Lord Dungarth as head of the Royal Navy’s Secret Department. While the Grand Army of Napoleon faces defeat on the battlefields of Germany, the discovery of a secret treaty with America leads Drinkwater into the forbidding fjords of Norway, and one of the most desperate missions of his career.
Increasingly isolated and affected by the long war with France and her allies, Drinkwater pursues his personal odyssey against often daunting odds. In a compelling narrative the author brings vividly to life conditions at sea during the Napoleonic wars. The fate of one of Napoleon’s most charismatic marshals is linked with American privateers, escaped prisoners and the Danish Navy resulting in a violent confrontation set beneath the aurora.

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ISBN-13:
9781574091021
Publisher:
Sheridan House, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/28/2001
Series:
Mariners Library Fiction Classic Series
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
726,787
Product dimensions:
6.58(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)

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Beneath the Aurora 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Beneath the Aurora, Richard Woodman's twelfth Nathaniel Drinkwater novel, is another tour de force in this illustrious series. Drinkwater is now head of the British Navy's Secret Service, but only for a while as the Admiralty bureaucrats maneuver to close his office. An opportunity literally lands on his doorstep, and he is once again off as captain of the frigate Andromeda on a secret mission to Norway, to foil a French plot to aid America in its efforts to take Canada. Woodman's Drinkwater is at his introspective best, and so is Woodman. The battle descriptions are some of the best in the series. This novel confirms Woodman's place as the equal of both Forester and O'Brian, and in some ways he tops them both. Woodman has found the right combination of characterization, action and historical and nautical authenticity to make this an excellent read either for those familiar with the genre or those just beginning to appreciate naval historical fiction. His books are much easier to read than O'Brian's, and yet do not lack the full characterization of the central characters so important to a complete story. He writes more realistically than Forester, but with the same excellent flow of action that makes the Hornblower series such a classic. This novel, along with the rest of the Drinkwater series, are a "must read" for anyone interested in maritime fiction.