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Command A King's Ship by Alexander Kent
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Command A King's Ship (1973)

by Alexander Kent

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Except for the exotic location--the Malacca Strait--this is a perfectly typical novel in the Kent's Richard Bolitho series. In fact, I'd happily recommend it on that basis: If you wanted to read exactly one Bolitho novel, Command a King's Ship would be a fine choice. Romance, grand strategy, sea and land battles, and a bit of politics. Quite gory.







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  joeldinda | May 31, 2012 |
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Danger and Death dance to the wild music of the gale, and when it is night they dance with a fiercer abandon, as if to allay the fears that beset the sailormen who feel their touch but see them not. — George H. Grant
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To the Contessa with love
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An Admiralty messenger opened the door of a small anteroom and said politely, 'If you would be so good as to wait, sir.' He stood aside to allow Captain Richard Bolitho to pass and added, 'Sir John knows you are here.'
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0935526501, Paperback)

Spithead, 1784. His Majesty's Frigate, Undine, sets sail for India and the seas beyond. Europe may be at peace—but in colonial waters the promises of statesmen count for little and the bloody struggle for supremacy still goes on.

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In March 1784, at a time when most of the fleet was laid up, His Majesty's frigate Undine weighed anchor at Spithead to begin a voyage to India and far beyond. As her new captain, Richard Bolitho, was glad to go, despite the nature of his orders and the immensity of the voyage - for he was leaving an England still suffering from the aftermath of war. But he was to learn that signatures on proud documents did not necessarily make a lasting peace, and found himself involved in a conflict as ruthless as the one which had given him his first command during the war with France. In an uneasy peace the expansion of trade and colonial development in little-known areas of the East Indies soon pushed aside the pretence and brought the guns' fury into the open. There was no set line of battle or declared cause to rally Undine's small company. But the dangers and the endless demands had to be faced by the man who commanded the only King's ship available.… (more)

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