Praise for Julian Stockwin:I was soon turning over the pages almost indecently fast ... Roll on, the promised adventures of Kydd and Renzi. - IndependentThe vantage point of the common sailor gives the nautical novel a fresh twist. In Stockwin's hands the sea story will continue to entrance readers across the world. - GuardianStockwin paints a vivid picture of life aboard the mighty ship-of-the-line... the harsh naval discipline, the rancid food, and the skill of the common sailor are all skilfully evoked. - Daily ExpressGripping . . . Rich in action and full of interesting characters, this thrilling novel leaves you in awe of the 18th-century seaman. - Peterborough Evening Telegraph
Thomas Paine Kydd is in Halifax enjoying the recognition and favour of his fellow officers when Tenacious is summoned to join Horatio Nelson s taskforce on an urgent reconnaissance mission. Intelligence suggests the French Revolution is about to set the Mediterranean ablaze, but Bonaparte s fleet is nowhere to be found. Nelson and his Band of Brothers begin a desperate search for him.Kydd s newfound ambition fuels his desire to be at the forefront of the hunt. But with power comes responsibility; with responsibility, accountability. Kydd will face his greatest challenge ever amidst bloodstained seas. And defeat will mean humiliation or death.