Sloop of War

Sloop of War

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The year is 1778, the ship is the 18-gun HMS Sparrow, England's finest sloop of war, and the Captain is Richard Bolitho, sailing his command into the fury of battle. The American Revolution has turned the Atlantic coast into a refuge for privateers and marauding French warships, and it is up to young Bolitho to fight the colonial rebels, to stave off the treachery of a beautiful woman, and to overcome the dangerous incompetence of a senior officer before it is too late.
Publisher: Ithaca, N.Y. : McBooks Press, 1998.
ISBN: 9780935526486
Branch Call Number: KEN
Characteristics: 352 p.


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Jul 03, 2014

Bolitho is a clever and innovative officer. I appreciate the lack of romantic entanglements, I wouldn't want that in every series but I'm really enjoying the fact that this series is all about the naval service.


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Jun 16, 2010

The appearance of a new Richard Bolitho novel is always an event. When the first, To Glory We Steer, appeared four years ago, Bolitho was immediately hailed as the new Hornblower - although reviewers were quick to recognise that Bolitho stood as a memorable character in his own right. Alexander Kent, with his succeeding novels, has clearly established himself as an author who has no equal today in writing stirring and authentic stories of the eighteenth-century Navy.
For the young Richard Bolitho the spring of 1778 marked a complete transformation for himself and his future. It was the year in which the American War of Independence changed to an all-out struggle for freedom from British rule - and the year when Bolitho took command of the Sparrow, a small, fast and well-armed sloop of war.
As the pace of war increased, the Sparrow was called from one crisis to another - and whe the great fleets of Britain and France convered on the Chesapeake, Bolitho had to throw aside the early dreams of his first command to find maturity in a sea battle that might decide the fate of a whole continent.

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