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Post by 80 Winters on Tue 24 Jan 2017, 17:27

2017 will be a 'twofer' year for Julian with Persephone arriving in early Spring and now Baltic Prize arriving in the Fall. Haven't found a 'jacket blurb' on it yet, but the title tells us 'where Thomas Kydd in headed.
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Post by 80 Winters on Tue 12 Dec 2017, 23:47

Reading the audio version (as I do my daily walk up Artillery Hill), I've arrived at Chapter 14 before 'the action begins' and the anchor is weighed. If you're new to HNF (and the Kydd series) and feel the need for 'a primer' then you'll find the first 13 chapters of interest, I did not.
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Re: Baltic Prize

Post by 80 Winters on Sat 23 Dec 2017, 16:10

Finished Baltic Prize in the audio version last evening and as I stated above, the 'naval action' story doesn't begin until almost 25% of the book is 'in your wake'. However, that being said, the story does get interesting beyond that point. As to the 'historical accuracy' of the background story, I can't say because I have minimal knowledge of the 1807-08 Baltic expedition/campaign, so I'll give author Julian Stockwin the benefit of the doubt, when it comes to the 'personal actions' of the central figures (CINCs and subordinate commanders).
I continue to note that the protagonist - Sir Thomas Kydd, in shown to have little or no 'personal relationship/bonding' with individual members of his crew (other than Stirk the gunner) after so many 'cruises' together.
As they say; "all's well, that ends well" and Baltic Prize does 'end well' (though a bit of 'a close thing' at the end).
So all in all, I'll give it a 4 (on a scale of 5). If your a fan of Julian Stockwin's Kydd series you'll likely enjoy this one (post chapter 14).
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