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Post by 80 Winters on Sat 27 Oct 2018, 02:23

Book #22 in the Thomas Kydd series: To the Eastern Seas is scheduled to be released in June 2019. Check Amazon for a brief description (where it can be pre-ordered).
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Post by 80 Winters on Wed 14 Nov 2018, 16:30

Author Julian Stockwin has informed me (via message to 'Kydd Club') that he has recently signed a contract with his publisher to add an additional 4 books to the Thomas Kydd series. The 1st of these additional books will beTo the Eastern Sea.
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Post by broughstar on Mon 19 Nov 2018, 12:52

Thats great news admiral. have just received a signed copy of the iberian flame from julian and half read already so lots more to go at. he is a great author and the thomas kydd series is going from strength to strength in my opinion.
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Post by 80 Winters on Tue 27 Nov 2018, 16:27

Latest news from Julian Stockwin concerning To the Eastern Seas:

Expect publication (hardback/paperback/kindle/audio) release in October 2019.

Following titles (3) will be published every 9 months thereafter.

Author Stockwin intimates that the 'Kydd adventures' will continue after these 4 coming books.
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Post by Chromedust on Wed 12 Dec 2018, 14:03

The guy is in his 70ies, we can only hope for the best.

Sea of Gold was a marked improvement to the 2 before that one.

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Post by 80 Winters on Sun 07 Apr 2019, 17:33

Author Julian Stockwin has announced that 'Limited Edition' of 500  To the Eastern Sea is now available for sign up on his website. Delivery is still scheduled for Oct 2019.

The setting for this the 22nd novel in the series is the Spice Islands in the Dutch East Indies with action under the command of Admiral Pellew.
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Post by Chromedust on Sat 18 Jan 2020, 17:04

Just finished reading it. Ugh, no. Bad. Really bad. Any difficulties Kydd encounters are immediately resolved with no repercussions, region typical problems (diseases, weather) never come up. The sheer size of the region is not reflected with proper travel time between the places he needs to go, the exotic environment doesn't come to life, his superiors are just fawning over him, we get told multiple time in narrative that he is the bestest frigate captain of the age, and generally all the characters remain as bland as cardboard porridge.

And it's not historically accurate (or reasonably accurate) like other Kydd books either. From what I found on the internet, Pellew returned home from that station in 1809, Kydd left England to get there in 1810.

After this adventure he gets sent home after only being there for a relatively short time, despite being a highly successful asset in the region and even before he left he considered that he will be away for years because sending ships there takes such a long time. Not plausible. Ship needs refit after storm damage, or Kydd struck down with a disease would have worked for a reason and would have added some drama, but as it is, it looks it's against all logic deliberately written so Kydd can be shown to take part in some other historical event somewhere else.
How long should this whole episode in Kydd's life be in real time? Probably half a year travel time from and to England and for the plot on location considering the vast distances, a year there sounds reasonable. So after  Kydd's return home we should have 1812.

We already had the same problem when as an uneployed commander he did that trip to Australia. He was back after an unreasonably short period of time.

All in all, BORING.

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