Newly-promoted Captain Nathan Peake has been dispatched to the Caribbean to take command of the British navy's latest frigate, the 32-gun Unicorn, a ship with an already tragic history of mutiny and murder. While Peake settles in, the Revolutionary authorities in Paris send out the Virginie—the best 44-gun warship in the French fleet—on a secret mission to spread war, rebellion, and mayhem from the shores of Cuba to the swamps of the Mississippi Delta. While the Unicorn embarks on her epic duel with the Virginie, Peake confronts the seductive charms of Sabine Delatour, the witch-queen of the Army of Lucumi; the intrigues of the American agent Gilbert Imlay; and a lethal combination of Barbary pirates and Irish rebels.
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About the Author
Seth Hunter is the pseudonym of the author of a number of highly acclaimed novels for adults and children. He has written and directed many historical dramas for British television, radio, and the theatre.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Tide of War is the second book of a series dealing with a British Naval Officer during the War of the First Coalition that followed the French Revolution. It opens with Nathan Peake being made Post and receiving command of the Unicorn, a frigate with a troubled history of mutiny. The author shows a deft hand with the history of the period and the working of the wooden warships that were the major players in these wars. His characters are well drawn and have believable motives. He touches base with most of the social forces that drove events during the period and casts his scenes from Paris to New Orleans. Having been a long time reader of authors from Marryat to O'Brian I enjoyed this book a great deal. I do not think based on this one volume that it quite reaches the Aubrey and Maturin level. However, I do not really expect anyone to hit that mark again. All in all it was a roaring good read and an excellent addition to the Age of Sail category.