Command A King's Ship

Command A King's Ship

Book - 1975
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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. Richard Bolitho would have cause to remember his admiral's words: "The task I am giving you would be better handled by a squadron."
Publisher: London : Arrow Books, 1975.
ISBN: 9780099493891
Branch Call Number: KEN
Characteristics: 320 p. : ill.


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Aug 17, 2014

After reading eight books in this series and with some 20 more to go, I imagine that I will run out of things to say about these, except that I really like them. Bolitho is a great character and Mr. Kent writes a wonderful naval story.


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Jun 16, 2010

Alexander Kent's five previous Richard Bolitho novels have established him beyond dispute as today's finest writer of historical naval fiction. The Sunday Times has acclaimed him as 'Forester's direct heir' while the New York Times Book Review has said 'C. S. Forester never wrote a more exciting novel than Alexander Kent'. In Command a King's Ship Mr Kent takes up Bolitho's story at the point following the events covered by the immediately successful To Glory We Steer, his first published book.
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.

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