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Ramage (Book 1 of the Ramage series)

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Ramage (Book 1 of the Ramage series)

Post by TRDG on Fri 26 Aug 2011, 12:23

Fell in love with the great cover art of these books first thing!!!

From the EDIT Para phrase here

Nicholas Ramage, a Peer of the realm was the last officer to take over an ill fated ship. Along with a small boat and a few remaining crew members, Ramage sets out to Italian shores to finish the mission their (now former...GULP) ships Captain set out to do in the first place.
A meeeting involved with this mission just may change his life, but a coart marshall may just end his very short Royal Navy career!!!


From the first page it really grabbed me, and held onto me through the end of the book, read it in one sitting, bit groggy for work when I put it down and had to go there.LOL

Cheers, the usual spoiler tags if posting about key plot points but general discussion and like or dislike are just fine.

Link to the site review

http://www.historicnavalfiction.com/index.php/book-title-index/r/774

Tom


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Re: Ramage (Book 1 of the Ramage series)

Post by reb01501 on Fri 26 Aug 2011, 12:56

It's been a few years but ...
This was the second series I attempted after finishing Aubrey-Maturin and Hornblower (Bolitho was the first, I believe), so while it was somewhat of a let-down, I had read the reviews so I was expecting it to be. I did read it straight through and while having some quibbles that have previously been mentioned by myself and others, the writing was fine and I was sufficiently intrigued to carry on to the next book.

I do remember comparing it to some of the Heinlein juveniles, with the perfect, invincible heroes, etc.

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Post by malchya on Fri 26 Aug 2011, 13:34

I was working part time as a security officer to supplement my income and saw this on the shelf. Took it to work with me that evening and read it by flashlight as a hard rain roared and hissed on the roof of my old Chrysler. It passed six hours or so pleasantly. I didn't love it and I didn't hate it. It had promise, I thought, and was - overall - a fun and rather swashbuckling romp. It felt more like something written by Anthony Hope of Prisoner of Zenda fame than by, say, C S Forester, but it was quite entertaining. And I did buy the next in the series as soon as it hit the shelves. And the next...and the next...
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Re: Ramage (Book 1 of the Ramage series)

Post by TRDG on Sat 27 Aug 2011, 16:31

Thanks for the posts, maybe I was just to "new" to these type of books (subject) but it was different than the other series I have read at the time in The Age of Fighting Sail.

It really did'nt let up in the action and showed what the main character was all about from the get go.

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Post by TRDG on Tue 14 Feb 2012, 11:07

Still, its another look at our favorite subject and I really liked the direction the books went for the most part. Each writer has something different to offer, sure some may not like or "beleave how lucky" some of the escapades end up being but still worth a good read.

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Re: Ramage (Book 1 of the Ramage series)

Post by leonidas on Wed 15 Feb 2012, 02:56

Absolutely TRDG. A really good read in our favourite subject area. And enough in the series to whet the appetite.

However I wonder if Pope had plans to go further with the series. I did read he had major health issues about the time the last one was printed.
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Re: Ramage (Book 1 of the Ramage series)

Post by TRDG on Sat 18 Feb 2012, 15:02

I would think so, but I bet others here might have more info on that, hav'nt gotten the last book yet, kind of savoring that last buy of mine and his last book.

Cheers, thanks for posting!!

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