Live the Adventure!

“A sensitive and insightful portrayal of a common man’s rise to fame and distinction in the age of fighting sail. Reeks of authenticity…” Quarterdeck
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349 Comments on “Live the Adventure!

  1. Julian, I have just started reading your books and am now addicted. As an avid reader of historical fiction and a naval officer, your writing is intriguing and thoroughly compelling. Thank you and keep up the great work. Ken

  2. Love all your books! Found Iberian Flame on a cruise ship and was immediately hooked! Having read all the Hornblower, Bolitho and Aubrey books and looking for more, this was just what I was looking for! From then I started properly at the beginning with Kydd, and although a actually a motor boat sailor, I have loved this period of sailing since a teenager. Comment – Judd bones up the ranks quickly and I don’t know where it will end. Could you possibly slip another book in between earlier ones with another adventure in?

  3. Hi,

    Reading all the Kidd book and really enjoying them. Just read Pasha and left book with L’Auror sailing into the sunset. Next book Persephone they are sailing in Tyger! What happened to L’Auror? At the end of book Kidd marries Persephone, next book Inferno I am 7% of the way in and he doesn’t appear to be married. I am reading books in order that Amazon suggests so what has happened. Is the order suggested not correct? Thanks in advance series us really good.

    • Delighted you’re enjoying the series, Bernie. The order from PASHA is TYGER, INFERNO, PERSEPHONE, THE BALTIC PRIZE, THE IBERIAN FLAME and A SEA OF GOLD (TO THE EASTERN SEAS comes out in Oct.)

      • One day when you send an email or something… could you give us the full list, in order, from the start.

        I sorta wish they had numbers on them! Ha. Who would know you’d write so many in the series, right??

        • here you go…
          1. KYDD
          2. ARTEMIS
          3. SEAFLOWER
          4. MUTINY
          5. QUARTERDECK
          6. TENACIOUS
          7. COMMAND
          8. THE ADMIRAL’S DAUGHTER
          9. TREACHERY (US TITLE: THE PRIVATEER’S REVENGE0
          10. INVASION
          11. VICTORY
          12. CONQUEST
          13. BETRAYAL
          14. CARIBBEE
          15. PASHA
          16. TYGER
          17. INFERNO
          18. PERSEPHONE
          19. THE BALTIC PRIZE
          20. THE IBERIAN FLAME
          21. A SEA OF GOLD
          22. TO THE EASTERN SEAS (Oct. 2019)
          https://julianstockwin.com/welcome-front-page/books-published/ – you can download the list

  4. Love the books but miss the covers by the great Geoff Hunt. Is there a chance that he could do the covers for future novels in the series? They cannot be beaten for accuracy and atmosphere.

  5. Mr. Stockwin,
    Just discovered your book in the local library. The title is The Iberian Flame. I really liked it! I’ll track down the entire series and read them. I’m a retired U. S. Naval officer and I have made numerous deployments to the Mediterranean.
    I really appreciate the glossary in the back of the book as it allowed me to understand the terminology of the times on which the book is based.
    Just one critique – the illustration of the Med preceding the start of the novel is mis-labeled! The Mediterranean Sea is located east of the straits of Gibraltar and the Atlantic Ocean is located west of the straits of Gibraltar. Mayhap your illustrator and the proofreader should give serious consideration to attending a geography refresher course.
    Personally, I don’t the French have changed much from those described in your book. I never enjoyed liberty of the French ports-of-call. It seemed to be “Give us your money and leave my country. We don’t like you.”
    My standing toast to the French, if ever I need one – “Here’s to the French. We know you will always be there when you need us!”

    • Welcome, Sully!

      Just wait until you read Kydd #1! Just drinking at a tavern, and, whoosh! I was mesmerized as Julian S. took us into the Royal Navy at the bottom of the bottom. I gave my dad a copy and Dad said he could taste the salt…Kydd’s hurricane reminded him of Typhoon Cobra in 1944, only worse.

    • Unfortunately that map error was not spotted until after publication but it will be corrected on subsequent printings. A literary gremlin…

  6. Hello. Our library in Austin, Texas, is quite proactive. When I told them that the Kydd books are every bit as good as Patrick O’Brian’s, they agreed to fill out the series. They’ve gotten every one now with two exceptions—Kydd (#1) and Victory (#11). Do you know of a source for these that I can pass on to the library? Thanks. A big fan.

    • That’s great to hear, Craig! I’m in the process of changing my American publisher so there may be a slight delay in availability of those titles but I will try to find a source for them. Please pass on my regards to your library and should they ever want to do a small display I’m always happy to send some promotional material. They should email me julian@julianstockwin.com for details.

  7. Rereading your
    Kydd series
    Dont know how you
    know so much
    about polite conversation and topics which were on
    peoples lips in that era
    I’m 73 and LOVE
    letting myself be
    taken aboard the
    fabulous adventures
    with Kydd and his
    loyal friend Renzi
    and shipmates
    Thank you so much

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