I think I m all Kydd out I binged the 4 books and can say that I m happy that I *Ve Reached The Current End *reached the current the series He states that there will be Kydd novels in the future For me I m ooking for that much needed break I enjoy each novel geography and culture each books talks about However now that Kydd is marriedwhen are the minions coming Very disappointingIt seems that with his Assignment last 3 novels his and Kydd s prowess is going downhill There is FAR TOO MUCH going on ashore and faress a sea I admit that this might be my Philosophy of Religion last foray into Stockwin s fleet It was good to sail with Thomas Kydd again This time he is off to the waters of the Indian Ocean and beyond What I found to be enjoyable was theook at the dealing of the East Indian Company As for Kydd he is sent after a French privateer in the first of several assignments In pursuit of the privateer he comes close to the Andaman Islands and their population known for their harsh behavior toward outsiders If the name seems familiar it is these islands were just in the news No Respect last year Then next Kydd is involved in the taking of the island of Macao from the Portuguese an ally to England but it is for the good of the East Indian Company that it is done But the real adventure is in the taking of the Dutch East Indies from the Dutch and the FrenchEven when Kydd was not saving the world for King and country There are interesting thing to read about Whether is dealing with a first officer not up to the job aady who is enad of the dashing frigate captain the son of his commanding officer or the craziness of the East Indian Company Army So sign on for a voyage to the Eastern Seas and enjoy Julian Stockwin is a always fun to read The British Navy in the days of sail This tale of the East Indian Company and of pirates and Bonaparte claiming ownership of the Dutch spice islands Think India Malaysia Java and the inner The Spirituality Revolution lesser known islands Home to a spice that was gold NutmegCirca 1800sFor me the fun part is following the tracks of the ships with my Chart of the World A huge mapeftover from an oceanography course I once took Shows the seas and their depths Certain currents are also markedStockwin s next book is due in October I ve ost count of the number in the series Over twenty
I Think I Ve think I ve a Kydd fan from the beginning I do wish the ship would face a bit peril at sea along with the muddy and battles The whole subplot of Economies and Cultures lostetters from his wife while fending off advances from a female character who just popped up out of nowhere was just written to fill pages The Joy of SaltThere are few things that I ook forwards to on Audible than being able to start another epic adventure with Thomas Kydd read to me by that old sea salt himself Christian Rodska The combination of Stockwin s words with Rodska s fantastic delivery is ike standing istening to the waves crash to shore in a stiff and salty breeze I have to admit that at the very start I did wonder if the voice had ost a ittle of its rich timbre but as he. With Bonaparte held to a stalemate in Europe the race to empire is now resumed Britain's ambitions turn to the Spice Islands the Dutch East Indies where Admiral Pellew has been sent to confront the enemy's vastly rich holdings in these tropical islands Captain Sir Thomas Kydd joins reinforcements to snatch these. D as many of those single ship actions are not the kind that helps a rising and ambitious post captain ship actions are not the kind that helps a rising and ambitious post captain the notice of those over him who could guide his career towards the hoisting of his own flag So in several of his recent Kydd novels we ve found our hero spending uite a chunk of narrative without a hint of powder smoke to be found The series 2019 entry To the Eastern Seas remedies that a ittle by making Sir Thomas Kydd the prime mover of the British takeover of the Dutch East Indies giving him a role in transforming
England s commercial empire into the political one that would dominate most s commercial empire into the political one that would dominate most the 19th centuryAfter a brief reunion with his wife Persephone Kydd is ordered to India as a means of reinforcing the crown s protection of its East India Company ships Pirate activity is biting the bottom First Anthology line and a speedy deadly frigate with a bold and innovative captain is needed to deter their depredations But once on station in India Kydd finds that there are political intrigues aplenty between royal officials and Companyeaders and even between colonial officers themselves as they try to avoid the kind of overreach that would win them no new ground as well as eave current possessions open to French or Dutch attack Although Kydd was in these waters before as a common seaman the additional expectations of a captain in polite society present him with unfamiliar waters that may bring him even hazard than the enemyOn the one hand Eastern Seas doesn t spin its wheels Stockwin puts Kydd on the scene of several events connected to England s interests that happened in that place and time where his courage and cleverness help save the day On the other hand Kydd seems out of character in than a couple of places In one he takes steps that he should see clearly would be threatening to his own commanders and ook Passage Through Crisis like attempts to undermine their authority In another his worries about the absence ofetters from Persephone and the kind of thoughts it provokes him to seem ike a very artificial problem wrapped up neatly in an almost dismissive paragraphStockwin s writing is as *strong as ever His opening description of the return of Admiral Collingwood s fleet superbly paints both visuals and their emotional *as ever His opening description of the return of Admiral Collingwood s fleet superbly paints both visuals and their emotional The secondary narrative of the Tyger s new first ieutenant and his growth arc as a character is as well done as anything in the series But Eastern Seas The Road to Einsteins Relativity lacks any real sense of weight as a seuence of events in Kydd sife and career And it presents a main character curiously unaware of things he s already demonstrated at this point to be able to perceive uite clearly for what appears to be no reason other than Well otherwise there s nothing going on It certainly improves on some of the Black Boy lackluster recent series entries but it s still aittle too easy to say But to what endAlso available here A return to formI really enjoyed this reading it in one day Well paced with plenty of action and Nighttime Sweethearts lots of history to read up on I really wonder about Kydd as he still seems to make ine. An the fortresses one by one but is fiercely opposed Kydd allying himself to this cause conspires toead a tiny force to a triumphant conclusion however the Dutch stung by this Maternity Bride (Silhouette Desire loss claim vengeance from the French A battle for Java and an empire in the East stretches Kydd and Tyger's company to their veryimit.
free read To the Eastern Seas (Kydd Sea Adventures #22)Growled out grumpy admirals brought to ife rough old Jack Tars and purred through unctious nobles I was smartly reminded at just how perfect he is for these booksKydd well he s not changed much he can fight his way and think his way out of almost any situation except of course with the Presunta colpevole ladies who seem to circle him with intents every bit as damaging to his career as maneuvering enemy battleships and recalcitrant admiralsThe scenery though has changed as Kydd is dispatched once to the East Indies exoticands and place names abound As ever the whole fiction *Is Woven In To *woven in to historical events displaying great skill and in depth research by the author There is uite a ot of action but also a bit time than usual ashore and I think it s fair to say that some of the action had an anticlimactic air to it but it did fit what history dictatedThat s not to criticise though I enjoyed every minute of the just over twelve hours including the brief
historical notes included after the story One of the incidents at the end had me eye rolling anotes included after the story One of the incidents at the end had me eye rolling a until it was explained in those historical notes as a real event I should have known better of course I shouldIn short this is top uality audio and if you haven t heard of the series before then get the gone to Book One straight away you are in for a journey that I envy you for Another fantastic action packed adventure in the Kydd series An excellent combination of a fast paced plot nautical authenticity and a deeply fascinating scenario set in the East The attention to historical detail is meticulous and incredibly well executed with the perfect blend of the creative characters of Kydd and his crew and famous figures from history such as Admiral Pellew Julian Stockwin delivers another spellbinding age of sail tale but with a twist Far from the battle against Napoleon where Captain Sir Thomas Kydd has tested his metal as a warrior of the sea and and he now finds himself in strange waters This time we find him in India and serving the interests of the East India Company fighting privateers and battling against Dutch control of the spice trade in the East Indies Also at odds is why he hasn t heard from his dear wife Persephone back in England as his fondness for a certain Safe Words local English One of the problems that faces the writer of Napoleonic nautical fiction is that there are a number of times when the scene so to speak switches toand The great Nelsonic battles destroyed the power of the French fleets at sea and then the constricting blockades prevented their repeat This was certainly well and good for the nations needing to keep the Corsican tyrant bottled up on the continent but the author who wants to put his or her hero forth in the proper atmosphere of derring do is eft with refitting a few single ship actions to be conducted by the novel s characters instead of their actual historical participantsAuthor Julian Stockwin whose stated goal of his Kydd series is to get his hero from pressed man to admiral finds himself even constraine. For the British CrownThe two colonial masters of India and the East Indies face each other in mortal striving for the region there can be only one victor to hold all the spoils The colonial genius Stamford Raffles believes Britain should strike at the very centre of Dutch spice production the Moluccas rather th.