Synopses & Reviews
Aboard the Hyperion, Richard Bolitho sets sail with an untrained crew for blockade duty off France. Unfortunately, his superior, Commodore Mathias Pelham-Martin, is an incompetent egotist whose petty hostilities jeopardize the operation of an entire fleet.
"It's a turbulent passage from the Bay of Biscay to the Caribbean, with plenty of action along the way." —New York Times Book Review
"The author succeeds in combining the human touch with rousing sea battles; both action scenes and characterizations are vivid." —Library Journal
It's 1794, and England has been at war with Revolutionary France for almost two years. Richard Bolitho sets sail in the Hyperion with his untrained crew for blockade duty off France.
But Commodore Mathias Pelham-Martin is an egotistical and incompetent superior, whose petty hostilities jeopardize the operation of an entire fleet. As the enemy moves in and out of sight the Hyperion gives chase, until finally, the long-awaited rendezvous takes place....
Lovers of fine nautical fiction, including fans of Patrick O'Brian, C.S. Forester, and Capt. Frederick Marryat, will be delighted to meet a new hero -- Richard Bolitho -- and to follow his exciting (and historically authentic) adventures.
About the Author
Alexander Kent, pen name of Douglas Edward Reeman, joined the British Navy at 16, serving on destroyers and small craft during World War II, and eventually rising to the rank of lieutenant. He has taught navigation to yachtsmen and has served as a script adviser for television and films. His books have been translated into nearly two dozen languages.