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Post by Astrodene on Fri 22 Aug 2008, 19:28

Found the Ramage novels years ago and enjoyed them, although I found the way he always finds a way round with a few men against overwhelming odds a bit unrealistic at times. No one on his side ever seems to get hurt. When I discovered Buccaneer I was hooked on the Yorke series, I just love the humour in it, particularly when Ned and Whetstone are baiting the governor.


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Post by beejay on Fri 30 Sep 2011, 09:14

I'm rather surprised that the Ramage books are not more popularly discussed here; rip-roaring, fast-moving stories that they are!

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Post by Astrodene on Fri 30 Sep 2011, 10:27

@beejay wrote:I'm rather surprised that the Ramage books are not more popularly discussed here; rip-roaring, fast-moving stories that they are!

They do seem to be mentioned quite a lot in comparison threads but oddly enough not discussed in their own right.

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Post by beejay on Fri 30 Sep 2011, 15:42

Perhaps it’s because everybody reads Ramage when they’re first attracted to sea adventures, but after they discover the Naval pulp fiction aspect of them they go on to something more refined.

That’s not to say I didn’t like them; they’re fast-moving action packed light entertainment; still good for a great read.

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Re: Dudley Pope discussion

Post by 80 Winters on Wed 21 Mar 2012, 21:27

I read the Ramage series "early on" as my interest turned to HNF and so with "unrefined tastes" I read the complete series, one after the other and throughly enjoyed the non-stop action and maximum "bang for my buck".

Though my tastes became (arguably) just alittle more refined after reading HNF for several years, I picked up Ramage about a year ago and read it again.......for just what it was, "a fast moving swashbuckler". They're in my library in paperback (can't find a reason to buy them in HB).

Incidently, the Ramage series has been translated into more than a dozen languages and sold several million copies........seems Dudley "gave 'em what they wanted."


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Post by leonidas on Thu 22 Mar 2012, 06:49

A good read.. And enabled me to learn about the men, places and times. Not great fiction, but worthy of solid recognition.
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Post by Provost on Thu 22 Mar 2012, 10:16

As my first reads in this area were Forrester then O'Brian, I guess I was a little more refined to start off with.

But, I do have them on my list to get to.
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Post by beejay on Fri 29 Jun 2012, 08:12

I thought I would do a little survey of the 18 books in the Ramage series and the 4 Ned Yorke books to find out how many are available in 'Kindle' and 'Audio' formats.

As of June 2012 this is what my survey showed - that all are available in hardback and paperback.

In Kindle format is:
1. Ramage
6. Ramage and the Guillotine
7. Ramage's Diamond
8. Ramage's Mutiny
9. Ramage and the Rebels
11. Ramage's Signal
13. Ramage's Devil
14. Ramage's Trail
15. Ramage's Challenge
16. Ramage at Trafalgar
17. Ramage and the Saracens

3. Ned Yorke's 'Galleon'
4. Ned Yorke's 'Corsair'



In Audio format is:
1. Ramage
3. Ramage and the Freebooters

1. Ned Yorke's 'Buccaneer'
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Post by 80 Winters on Sat 29 Dec 2012, 17:42

Today is Dudley Pope's birthday (1925-1997). As I said above, I enjoyed his writings as the 'fast moving swashbucklers' that they were' and I was ready to read more of them had he been able to place them before me.

May Dudley and an SV Ramage II sail on out there in 'Fiddler's Green'.
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Post by Flying Jib on Wed 20 Jul 2016, 00:41

Hi folks -- I've been hoping to find some discussion of the Ramage books and here it is. I've not read a lot of Dudley Pope yet -- Decoy and Convoy, his WWII Yorke-descendent novels, and found them thoroughly engrossing.

A few years ago I encountered the website of a maritime publisher who was in the process of re-releasing the Ramage series in trade size paperback and using the gorgeous covers from about twenty years ago. I subsequently lost track of the company and can no longer remember their name! Does anyone have any idea who they were??? I would love to order up the new edition!

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Post by Astrodene on Wed 20 Jul 2016, 01:21

There was a paperback release in 2000/2001 by House of Stratus in the UK, McBooks Press in the US and Redwood in Australia

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Post by Flying Jib on Wed 20 Jul 2016, 02:17

I have a few of the Australian edition, but they were actually rather hard to find... Hmm, I wish I could remember that publisher, they had a long list of reprints they had picked up, I remember at the time being dismayed that CS Forester was not among them...

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Post by Astrodene on Wed 20 Jul 2016, 02:30

The only other paperback editions I know of are:
Fontana Press UK 1979
Pocket USA 1977 US 1971
Quartet Books UK 1975
Ullstein Taschenbuchverlag Germany 1990
Edhasa Spain? 2002
Arrow UK 1987

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Post by Flying Jib on Wed 20 Jul 2016, 02:42

Thanks for the info! Interesting... I'm wondering if the proposed re-release maybe didn't happen. It was probably not more than five years ago, maybe less, and the first two volumes were in preparation at the time. Hmmm! Confounding...

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Post by pauljm on Wed 20 Jul 2016, 18:21

I would guess you must be thinking of the McBooks Press editions...in trade paperback with (in some cases) the original covers. All 18 titles are now in print, according to their website. As you noted, they have a long list of reprints of AOS authors.
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Re: Dudley Pope discussion

Post by Flying Jib on Thu 21 Jul 2016, 13:33

Ah! Thanks! That must be the one -- I'll go have a look!

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Post by broughstar on Sat 30 Jul 2016, 21:45

i wonder if people know that the ramage series where nearly all written aboard his wooden yacht, yes you have guest it named RAMAGE. and most of the novels were based on real events. I have not got round to reading any of his yorke series yet must find time soon. trouble is to many books not enough time.
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