Quarterdeck (Kydd Series #5)

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Thomas Kydd was promoted to acting lieutenant at the bloody Battle of Camperdown in October 1797. Now, he must sit an examination to confirm his rank - or face an inglorious return before the mast. But this is only the first of many obstacles for a man who was pressed into the King's Service and discovered a calling for the sea. Kydd is from humble origins, yet he attains the lofty heights of the quarterdeck as an officer in His Majesty's Navy. If he is to avoid spending the rest of his career as a tarpaulin ...

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Overview

Thomas Kydd was promoted to acting lieutenant at the bloody Battle of Camperdown in October 1797. Now, he must sit an examination to confirm his rank - or face an inglorious return before the mast. But this is only the first of many obstacles for a man who was pressed into the King's Service and discovered a calling for the sea. Kydd is from humble origins, yet he attains the lofty heights of the quarterdeck as an officer in His Majesty's Navy. If he is to avoid spending the rest of his career as a tarpaulin officer, he must also become a gentleman. Kydd and his enigmatic friend Nicholas Renzi set sail in HMS Tenacious for the North American station. Aboard the old 64-gun ship, Kydd comes to doubt he will ever match up to the high-born gentlemen officers. The frontier town of Halifax, which is also home to a British prince of the blood, provides a welcome diversion. Meanwhile, the young United States is in dispute with revolutionary France, the Quasi War, and Kydd finds himself in the USS Constellation in the heady days of the birth of the American Navy. On his return to Halifax, Kydd surmounts more hurdles, both personal and professional - will he ever see himself as truly one of a band of brothers?

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Continuing the rousing adventures of Thomas Kydd, now an officer in the British Royal Navy, as he battles ships at sea, snobbery at home and the sense that he has serious personal shortcoming. It's 1798, a time of relative geopolitical calmness, though in France, Napoleon is starting to breathe fire. Tom's commission is freshly minted. As its fifth-and most junior-lieutenant, he steps aboard the man-of-war Tenacious, to be met by the kind of implacable hostility for which he was totally unprepared. " 'Don't sit,' " Captain Houghton tells him, minutes after reporting, adding that he's to be replaced, adding that under his command, Tenacious will have only "officers of breeding." Replacing Tom on short notice proves impossible, and, emotionally off-balance, he joins the ship's company after all. From his native Guildford, where he made wigs, to neophyte sailor, to tested, decorated veteran, to commissioned officer as the result of his heroism in battle, Tom's come a long way fast. As a fighting seaman, he knows his worth. In the wardroom, though, where the talk is likely to center on country estates, riding with hounds and the affairs of cuckolding duchesses, his fellow officers can easily make him feel alienated, an amateur gentleman. Soon enough, however, opportunities occur in which his quick understanding, natural tact and coolness under pressure enable him to shine. Dispatched to the fledgling U.S. Navy as an observer, he proves significantly useful to both services and, as a result, makes friends in high places. Even more important, he begins the process of befriending himself. Stockwin (Mutiny, 2004, etc.), a career navy man, writes of the nautical life with vivid authority. Is theKydd series the equal of Patrick O'Brian's much praised Aubrey/Maturin series? Not quite, but close.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590131282
  • Publisher: McBooks Press
  • Publication date: 9/25/2006
  • Series: Kydd Sea Adventures , #5
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 484,286
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Julian Stockwin joined the Royal Navy at 15 and transferred to the Royal Australian Navy when his family emigrated. Stockwin served eight years, and was eventually rated petty officer. He has also worked in the manufacture and design of computers and software development. Returning to the navy and the Royal Navy Reserve, Stockwin was honored with an MBE and retired as Lt Commander. He returned to the United Kingdom in 1990 and started to write in 1996.

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  • Posted December 2, 2013

    I just recently discovered this series. A fine complete to Patri

    I just recently discovered this series. A fine complete to Patrick O'Brien's novels, though I found his to be a bit more like literature compared to the Kydd Series. But these are great reads...an inspired plan to begin not only with a pressed seaman, but also well before the big battles of the Napoleonic era, so that the series can progress and give an accounting of all levels of service and command in the old Royal Navy, as well as a historical account covering a large period. Patrick O"brien always lamented his series started too late, and didn't want to do any "prequels." The Kydd series is highly recommended for anyone interested in the sea, naval matters, adventure yarns, and history. And it's not just about the British - many American dealings!

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    Posted May 18, 2013

    It dos changer you douchebag

    Douche

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  • Posted December 29, 2010

    Font doesn't change!! Don't buy the Nook version

    I've read the series and these are great books, but many Nook versions in this series won't let you change/increase the font. This was confirmed by the B&N tech desk. I got a Nook so my dad could read books like this, and he can't unless he increases the font. The Nook version is useless for him.

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