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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335 Comments on “Live the Adventure!

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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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