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Post by Astrodene on Sun 07 Mar 2010, 23:15

Good news for followers of this series. Book 3 will be titled 'True Colours' and is currently with the publisher so should be available sometime before the end of the summer.

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Post by reb01501 on Mon 08 Mar 2010, 13:40

Great news!

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Re: True Colours

Post by pipester on Tue 09 Mar 2010, 01:01

Hooray! Great news indeed.
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Re: True Colours

Post by Astrodene on Sun 02 May 2010, 11:49

Fireship Press have announced on their site that it will be available worldwide during the week of 26 April. I'll let you know when I spot it can be ordered.

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Re: True Colours

Post by reb01501 on Sun 02 May 2010, 12:31

April? 2011? Shocked
Surely you meant August! Very Happy

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Post by Astrodene on Sun 02 May 2010, 13:08

reb01501 wrote:April? 2011? Shocked
Surely you meant August! Very Happy

To quote their site "Available worldwide the Week of April 26th". Wondered if they meant May but it says 'April' and the 26th would not be a Monday if it was May. It will cetainly be within a couple of weeks I think

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Post by reb01501 on Sun 02 May 2010, 18:52

Astrodene wrote:
reb01501 wrote:April? 2011? Shocked
Surely you meant August! Very Happy

To quote their site "Available worldwide the Week of April 26th". Wondered if they meant May but it says 'April' and the 26th would not be a Monday if it was May. It will cetainly be within a couple of weeks I think
Ah, this means they've beaten the deadline quoted in your first post in this thread: "sometime before the end of the summer". Beaten it by quite a sizable margin indeed Very Happy

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Post by Astrodene on Tue 25 May 2010, 12:34

The listing of True Colours is now filtering down to the various retailers and is widely available. Listed on the site here

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Re: True Colours

Post by Astrodene on Sat 05 Jun 2010, 13:06

A trailer video by Rick Spilman of the Old Salt Blog

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Post by reb01501 on Sat 05 Jun 2010, 22:51

Well done Rick!
Now let's get cracking on your own novel, you! Wink

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Re: True Colours

Post by Alaric Bond on Sun 06 Jun 2010, 07:53

Yes, a book that is eagerly awaited by all! bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce

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Re: True Colours

Post by Astrodene on Thu 17 Jun 2010, 12:23

I've just posted a review on the site www.historicnavalfiction.com/index.php/general-hnf-info/book-reviews/1561-astrodene-review-true-colors-by-alaric-bond

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Post by reb01501 on Thu 17 Jun 2010, 16:55

Ah, you beat me to it Very Happy
I'm about a third of the way through, and it is definitely a page-turner :applause:

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Post by reb01501 on Thu 24 Jun 2010, 01:36

Midshipman Barrows reporting, sirs, about my engagement with True Colours. It is with great trepitude that I have to report that I have been defeated.

I've seldom been sorrier to turn the last page of a book. In fact, I was looking forward to the next chapter when I reached the glossary! Mad

This series is getting better with each installment. Mr. Bond is settling comfortably into this mode of storytelling (i.e., every character is a main character) - this one left me with no desire for a dramatis personae. These people were all very real to me: there was not a one that did not catch my interest. as well as make me beg for them to survive each encounter with the enemy ... and exult when they did!

Highlights for me included:
Camperdown: This had to be the best description of a major sea battle I have ever read! Most authors excel at ship-to-ship engagements (and Bond is no exception), but few have left me other than adrift when it cpmes to major multi-ship encounters (I am a landlubber after all). This was one of the few exceptions: I had no need to consult a map or a Wikipedia description of a battle to understand what was taking place. Very well done!

Frasier: Very interesting character - I look forward to what the author has in mind for him in future installments. I would love reading more about how he came to his convictions, so strong that they allowed him to defy a captain!

Manning: wonderful character who definitely captured my interest.

Katherine: again, I cannot wait to see what the author has in store for her. She had my favorite line: "Robert, do you honestly expect me me to wait that long?" Yes, I guess I'm a romantic at the core...

Banks: After some initial misgivings, I find myself falling under his spell, just as his crew does. A character that grows, matures, and changes: what more could one wish?

Flint: Damn, what a character! A whole novel could be devoted to him! Unfortunately, he is given somewhat short shrift here. Of course, the novel could have been twice the length, now couldn't it...

... and ... oh ... enough gushing! There had to be some quibbles, now, didn't there? Minor, but:

I wish there had been a few pages devoted to the
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relationship between Banks and Katherine ...
I was somewhat surprised at Powell's reaction to Jameson's infirmity: of all the crewmen, he is the last I would have expected to be scornful.
... and ... well ... that's it! That's all I could come up with to criticize!

Again, well done Mr. Bond! When is the next one coming out?



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Re: True Colours

Post by 80 Winters on Thu 23 Aug 2012, 02:11

It's been 2 years since the last review/comment/posting on this book......I know other forum members have read it.........it's never to late to 'put your oar in the water'. Having finished Jackass Frigate earlier today, it's time for me to move on (eagerly) to #3 in Alaric's series True Colors.

Nothing beats being 'in the middle' of a great series. I'll be back, but again.....not too soon.
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Post by 80 Winters on Wed 29 Aug 2012, 01:55

Just finished True Colours a few minutes ago on my Kindle and was so engrossed with the action that I wasn't expecting it to end......when, to my surprise, I simply 'ran out of book'.

I'm thinking that the best way to approach this is to just say: Thank You Mr. Bond:

For keeping 'my favorite' characters in the storyline while 'scraggin' a few that I'll not miss............and coming close on one or two others.

For your creative handling of 'the famous mutinies' that didn't require half the book to tell us of, but left us with no doubts as to their causes nor outcomes.

For your adept portrayal of 'life aboard a man-o-war' and the evolving of friendships and relationships.

For 'weaving a good yarn' that led us up to the Battle of Camperdown, then with historical accurancy led us through that iconic battle with a superior adversary.

For your historical 'notes' that told of the lifes of primary 'combatants' following the battle.

For that 'glossary' that provided knowledge of many things to newer readers of HNF in the AOS and even a few things to the rest of us.

For these things and more....... again, Thank You, Mr. Bond
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Re: True Colours

Post by Odissee on Sat 08 Oct 2016, 11:14

This is an excedllent book! Thank you mr. Bond. It is really nice to know that there are several instalments of this great series still waiting for me.

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Re: True Colours

Post by Alaric Bond on Sat 08 Oct 2016, 17:38

Thanks for posting; I'm really chuffed that you liked it, Odissee. (You have made a dull day very bright!)

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