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Tyger by Julian Stockwin


by Julian Stockwin

Series: Kydd (16)

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Good book for the ones who like swashbuckling, maritime history. It is slow at times but I still liked it. It is a good Naval history fiction about how dangerous life was and the adventures of Kydd brings this to bear on how bad things can be. This is fiction but you get caught up in it and brings the way things could have been at this time and at sea. ( )
  debf56 | Dec 8, 2016 |
Julian Stockwin has taken a few skeins of naval history and woven them into an interesting part of his fictional hero Kydd's career. We travel to the Arctic, interdict some illegal fur trade and for an encore; assist a Prussian Army to escape from Napolean's encirclement. A rousing sea battle against Prussian ships manned by the French by the former ship of mutiny, HMS Tyger concludes this iexciting and enlightening episode of a very good series. ( )
  jamespurcell | Apr 9, 2016 |
Kydd is somewhat like Aubrey, when he is on land he should really learn to keep his mouth shut.

While in London the brave sea capital manages to flap off his mouth three sheets to the wind and runs afoul of the Admiralty. His punishment is command of a frigate with a mutinous crew. A variety of unsavory missions to the Baltic and even the Arctic follow, with threat of loss of command altogether. Hard to distinguish oneself while running in a blockade fleet. But a harrowing sea battle with nonstop action finally comes and he has won the hearts and minds of his crew, and is restored to good graces politically, as the public love of a hero trumps even curmudgeonly old Admirals.

Recommended for lovers of the Age of Sail genre. But Kydd really needs a Mautrin to round out his personality. ( )
1 vote BookWallah | Nov 11, 2015 |
What a fantastic selection! While I have read other nautical adventure stories (Horatio Hornblower, Aubrey / Maturin, etc.), this was my first foray into the Kidd series, and I was not disappointed. It contained a great mixture of flight-of-fancy and realism, with exactly the right degree of technical detail to keep the story flowing while making the action visceral for the reader. As others have noted, the one downside was that, without having read the others in the series, I felt like I was "missing something" every time Kidd's previous adventures were mentioned (which, unfortunately, was a rather frequent occurrence). That being said, I feel it is my duty to pursue the other volumes in the series posthaste! ( )
  mrbove | Oct 29, 2015 |
(Full Disclosure: Lime Spouse read and reviewed this book for Early Reviewers.)
Tyger introduces readers to little known facts about the Napoleonic War. The action in this novel mainly takes place along the Baltic coast, where Captain Kydd and his crew sail Tyger and attempt to forge a unified fighting force.

If you've read previous books in this series, you'll already be familiar with some characters and background events. While book #16 can stand on its own, it's probably advisable to read the novels in order to appreciate the growth and development of Kydd and other recurring characters.

The action of naval battles is balanced by political machinations ashore and the story is flavored with the manners, speech, and historical events that seem period true.

Readers of Patrick O'Brian's British Navy tall ship stories of the same period, featuring the heroes Aubrey and Maturin, might find Stockwin's characters less multidimensional. Still, Tyger: Thomas Kydd 16 is another fine addition to the store of 18th C maritime fiction for aficionados of British Naval history and adventure on the high seas. ( )
  Limelite | Oct 28, 2015 |
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