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A Tradition of Victory [Format Kindle]

Alexander Kent

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"One of our foremost writers of naval fiction" (Sunday Times)

"Shipwreck, survival ... a spirited battle ... a splendid yarn" (The Times)

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Douglas Reeman writing as Alexander Kent with his fourteenth Bolitho novel with epic scenes of action, powerful characterisation and the authentic period detail that have made Alexander Kent a bestseller wherever sea stories are read.

After eight years of war between Britain and France there is at last a rumour of peace. But the old enemies are well aware that any settlement will be only a breathing space in which to recover from their terrible losses. To obtain the best terms the French muster a show of strength from Biscay to the Channel ports. At the British Admiralty there are some who see a daring opportunity to even the score at any negotiation table - and who better to undertake it than the young Rear Admiral Bolitho!

In June 1801 Bolitho's small squadron is still repairing the scars of battle earned at Copenhagen - and as he receives his orders from London Bolitho is, for the first time in his life, torn between the demands of duty and his real desire to marry. When the squadron sails it is joined by an additional ship, a frigate with many memories from the past. But where Bolitho's flag leads so his captains must follow, if necessary to the brink of disaster - for theirs is a tradition of victory.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 874 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 306 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0935526706
  • Editeur : Cornerstone Digital (3 juillet 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0099591650
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099591658
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Amazon.com: 4.7 étoiles sur 5  26 commentaires
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Tough Going for Bolitho in the Bay of Biscay. 14 décembre 2000
Par Donal A. O'Neill - Publié sur Amazon.com
. In the months before the Peace of Amiens provides a short breathing space, Richard Bolitho takes command of a blockading squadron off the Loire Estuary and, as always, is soon in the thick of action, launching attacks on French harbours and shipping. Napoleonic information technology, in the form of land-based semaphore signalling, provides a significant complication and Bolitho not only loses a ship, and a friend, but falls prisoner to the enemy. At this point one feared a repeat of the plot of Forrester's classic "Flying Colours" but Kent knows better and provides a satisfyingly different twist. The story is full of the usual action and accurate period detail. As with all the Bolitho books, much pleasure is also provided by the steady development of the other familiar characters such as Herrick, Allday, Pascoe and Inch. Now in his mid-forties, Bolitho has aged convincingly through the series and the relationships between himself and his long-time friends are depicted with considerable realism and charm. Another thoroughly enjoyable read for aficionados.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Works well as both historical fiction and character study 16 novembre 2010
Par Nina M. Osier - Publié sur Amazon.com
Rear Admiral Richard Bolitho's squadron has not yet recovered from the damage sustained at Copenhagen, but his most respected superior orders them back to sea nevertheless. It's 1801, and the war with France continues. Bolitho has no chance to bid farewell to Belinda Laidlaw, the beautiful widow who has become his fiancee. Will she be able to deal with this introduction to her future as a naval officer's wife? The lonely widower, who still grieves for his dead Cheney, hates the thought of losing her. Yet he cannot refuse to do his duty - so he sets sail. Putting him at odds with his dearest friend, Captain (now Acting Commodore) Thomas Herrick; and placing him in an awkward situation as an aging frigate he once commanded joins his squadron, with a captain who recently faced court martial and a first lieutenant who is none other than Bolitho's beloved nephew.

Like every other Alexander Kent book I have read, this one works well both as historical fiction and as the story of one flawed but sympathetic man and the people who follow him. Occasionally the pace does lag a bit, but in spite of that it makes an enjoyable and exciting read. I think it's time for me to locate and re-read the earlier volumes in this series. I had forgotten how much pure fun a Bolitho book can be!

--Reviewed by Nina M. Osier, author "Love, Jimmy: A Maine Veteran's Longest Battle"
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I like Kent's naval novels. 13 mars 2010
Par Dr. Prentice Kinser III - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
I had not heard of Alexander Kent until I complained at a book store that they had no copies of Patrick O'Brian's books. The owner said, "Have you read any of Alexander Kent?" I had not, and that began a wonderful new adventure. Kent writes naval stories about the same historical time period as O'Brian, but Kent often has more action scenes, which I thoroughly enjoy. If you like O'Brian, you will love Kent.
Prentice Kinser III, D.Min., Author of:Limitless Living, A Guide to Unconventional Spiritual Exploration and Growth
4.0 étoiles sur 5 In action -- again! 30 juin 2007
Par N. Wallach - Publié sur Amazon.com
Peace talks between France and England are reputedly underway. As with any negotiation, each side wants to have a stronger hand to get the most out of the final agreement. In this case, in 1801, Napoleon's France is building a massive invasion fleet intending that to be its ace in the hole during the negotiations. On the British side, there is a debate on what to do? With everyone tired of the war that has stretched for eight long years, maybe it is time to agree to peace terms, and if Napoleon gets a bit more, so what. On the other hand, there are people who believe that Great Britain needs to be able to get out of the war with their heads held high to justify the enormous sacrifices that were made.

On the latter side of that debate is Admiral Beauchamp but time is running short. So, he naturally commands Rear Admiral Richard Bolitho and his squadron to go to the shore of France and destroy as much of the invasion fleet as he can. Even though Bolitho has only just come back from the battle of Copenhagen, and his heart is more concerned with the beautiful Belinda than the navy, the tradition of service insists and off he goes to patrol the Bay of Biscay.

As usual with Bolitho stories, the Rear Admiral is not content to sit in his ship's great cabin plotting out strategy and watching his youngers execute it. Instead, Bolitho moves to a frigate which engages in one shore raid; is wrecked and washes ashore in France; is captured as a prisoner of war; gets shipped by the French to a different prison and is released by a different frigate from his squadron; and ultimately decides to fight a battle in one ship against five French ships of the line. Of course he also manages to destroy the invasion fleet thereby fulfilling his country's needs; gets the support of his complete command even though he does not know most of them; has Herrick support him in all kinds of crazy situations; and wins the heart and soul of Belinda.

In other words, a normal Bolitho story. This one was better than some of the more recent ones because the author focused again on the military tactics and naval engagements and let go of the romantic storyline that took up so much of the previous novel. There are too many coincidences as usual and the normal cast of characters is always there. Yes, Herrick, Allday, Pasco, Inch, Keane and more are present as is a ship from the past: the Phalarope returns to service and is attached to Bolitho's squadron. Adam Pascoe is assigned to it and many memories are rekindled during the book.

The story is competently told and the believability of the scenario is there. There is no need to hide Bolitho in the shadows of the bigger events or in support of Lord Nelson as the story is of a small and unimportant series of events in historical terms, yet clearly important to the people involved. If you are a Bolitho fan, you will enjoy this book!
4.0 étoiles sur 5 good read 31 mars 2014
Par cooper05 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The Richard Bolitho series of book are a fun read. The history on the high seas back in the 17-1800s is an eye-opener. Alexander Kent merges historical events with human drama and enough action to keep you going and going! Only 4 stars because of the tediousness required to fill the reader in on people and past occurrences from earlier in Bolitho's life. This is required of any book series to make a single volume readable I understand and scan much of this an read on! I will be starting on the 17th Bolitho novel as soon as it hits the mail box!
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