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by Julian Stockwin
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This book has just enough history mixed with action to keep your interest. I will say this book is swashbuckling fun. I enjoyed reading it and would recommend it to others.
Cape Colony is proving a tiresome assignment for Thomas Kydd's daring commander-in-chief Commodore Popham: South America's Spanish colonies are in a ferment of popular unrest. Rumors of a treasure hoard of Spanish silver spur him to assemble a makeshift invasion fleet and launch a bold attack on the capital of the Viceroyalty of the River Plate in Buenos Aires. Navigating the treacherous bars and mud flats of the river, the British invasion force wins a battle against improbable odds, taking the capital and the silver. But the uprising that promises the end of Spanish rule never arrives and the locals begin to see dark conspiracies behind the invader's actions. Now Kydd's men must face resistance and the betrayal of their closest allies. Can they save themselves and their prize?
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)823.92Literature English & Old English literatures English fiction Modern Period 2000-
Historically, the authors notes tell us more about Admiral Popham who was very interesting, and also of the attempt. The execution though of this particular tome, covering a distance perhaps greater than any of the other books in the series, with action spread over a length of time that has little to do with the action of ships of the line, left me bored.
Where Mr. Stockwin had not done that as yet, always keeping me interested, in this outing I could not get through the material, hoping until the last sixth, to just get through to the end of the chapter. I was not connected to the story, and I think it does have to do with the subject matter. The Conquest of South America whilst the Napoleonic War was occurring was not interesting. At least not from a Naval perspective. Perhaps if we had seen the tale directly through the eyes of the Army, rather than forcing Kydd to become attached to the Army, we might have experienced this better. More of a tale to be given us by Bernard Cornwell and Sharpe then by Julian Stockwin.
In all, we know that Stockwin and his hero Kydd is exceptional and for my money a better tale than O'Brian. In this outing we did not see the secondary Nicholas Renzi too often, as he has been more foolish than sensible the last few outings. This may not be a read again, even should the entire sequence be tackled, but it does continue to add to the entirety of Kydd's CV, and there are periods in everyone's life where they can not always be a success, or be heroes. This may be one of those times for Kydd. ( )