Live the Adventure!

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  1. I loved Persephone and can’t wait for the second book in November. I’m thrilled you released 2 this year. I am a long time fan who came to the series a little late. I binge read the first 12 books until I caught up. It is agonizing to wait a year between books. Yours are some of the best tall ship fiction books I’ve read, and at this point I’ve read well over 100! Keep them coming please.

  2. Hi Julian, I love your novels and I’m looking forward to reading Persephone. In the review it says of Kydd that he met her before. Can you tell me in which novel this occurred as I would like to look back at that.
    Thanks, Dale

  3. I am now on the ADMIRAL’S DAUGHTER and see that when a boat approaches a ship without an officer, the response is “No! No!” when they are challenged, “Boat ahoy!” I read in another series that if the boat contains a post captain, the coxswain hold up 4 fingers. Is that true? So, my question is what is the response for Commander Kydd? What is the response for a first lieutenant? What are the responses for any other officers?

    • The four fingers refers to the four stripes on a post captain’s sleeve, but to my knowledge this wasn’t done – in Kydd’s day both a post captain and a commander (three stripes) were entitled to return hail of the ship’s name. All officers were and are entitled to the White Ensign to be flown in the boat and the return hail then is ‘aye, aye’.

  4. I was quite surprised to find INFERNO finally on Chapters book shelves in Halifax in July. Delighted with my “find” I hunkered down for a weekend of reading. I have been a follower of this Kydd series since the very first book. I am a great fan of the author and his method of bringing history and fiction together. As a retired sea captain, I of course, am most interested in the relationship between Kydd, his crew and his ship while at the same time appreciate the infusion of historic facts and accounts. I will be waiting on the next adventure.

  5. I’m glad Thomas Kydd hasn’t become an admiral and hope he never does. I had to stop reading the Bolitho series because it got too boring after Bolitho got his flag. So, the only solution was to kill him off and start all over again with his nephew who’s a captain just like the uncle was (same personality and all).

    I wish I knew something about sailing so that I could write my own series, starring an American character who’s not dashing, a bit chubby loves his food and drink, and ends up being a strict disciplinarian, sometimes even brutal like Captain Edward Edwards, who made Captain Bligh seem like a Boy Scout. I’d have him married to a local girl from let’s say Nantucket, whom we wouldn’t waste much time with. This character would start as a midshipman who gets mast-headed often for his dumb pranks, but manages to claw his way up from there despite his flaws.

    In the meantime, I’m now ready for the next in your series, “The Admiral’s Daughter.”

  6. Hi Julian,
    I’m a great fan of Sir Thomas’s and of Nicholas and Cecilia too. I’ve just finished re-reading the whole lot again, even though I only finished Persephone for the first time two or three weeks ago!

    Sir Thomas is a wonderful and dashing frigate captain and has been so for several books now, but I’d like to see him in a second or third rate ship of the line for a couple of books, and then of course I’d like to see him get his flag. Harder to continue his career with the same Ă©lan of course under those circumstances. I understand that.

    As I’m a fan of Jane Austen too, (and a sucker for chick-lit as well as sea stories,) I was delighted to see Thomas and Persephone find each other. I’d like to see what they do when he finally retires from the sea, but I suspect most of your readers would be less interested in that aspect of his life. In the meantime wherever you decide his life takes him, I’ll be following. Thank you so much for some terrific entertainment.

  7. As I read No.1 KYDD again for the umpteenth time, I got to the place where Kydd tearfully crawled into the cable tier for his first night’s rest. And, just as Kydd discovered the cat beside him in the darkness, I felt my pants leg suddenly grasped as a strange orange tabby kitty crawled into my own lap. Scared me to death! My visiting son and family had brought with them their own pet cat left to wander about the house… and mine was the first available lap.

      • While not so patientlywaiting for PERSEPHONE tobe available inU.S. I read A HARD AND CRUE SHORE by Dewey Lambdin that covered the adventure/mis adventure in Portugal from a different perspective. Found some of the same historical figures and ships in both stories. Now I feel like I understand this epoch much better. Greatly enjoyed both accounts of these events. D. Ward

  8. Mr. Stockwin, I’m curious as to what precautions they took to make sure the galley fires didn’t accidentally burn the ship down. I assume there were 2 galleys — one for the foremast jacks and one for the officers. I gather the captain had his own cook, separate from the other officers, so maybe he had his own dedicated galley too. I’d like to know that, too. Maybe on a ship of the line, but probably only 2 galleys on a frigate, and maybe only 1 on a brig.

    BTW, I’m in the middle of TENACIOUS, about to fight the Battle of the Nile. The clergyman, Mr. Peake is having angst over the captain’s request that he lead a service to inspire the men to destroy the French fleet. I thought clergy on ships was bad luck back then.

    • There was one galley fire for both officers and men, set in a thick bed of bricks deep in the centre of the ship. Some captains did have their own cook, but there was no rule for this. Clergymen were not considered bad luck, in fact many captains liked them as they taught midshipmen manners etc. Hope you’re enjoying my Kydd tales!

      • Thank you for answering my question about the galley fire. Yes, I am enjoying your Kydd series of books, and plan to fight the Battle of the Nile this morning while sipping coffee at Starbuck’s.

  9. Hi julian, just completed Persephone, throughly enjoyed it and looking forward to the next one. can you still post early selected content from the book on your website like the other releases in the past just before the release date, (like next week 🙂 ) for Baltic prize.


  10. Just finished PERSEPHONE in a spare day and a half. Well done….but it always leaves us with a taster for more. So off I go for THE BALTIC PRIZE…As you are in 1807 mode I am hoping for you to go past 1815 as that may see me into my retirement (by the sea with luck) when I start with Book 1 again – and me a Dry Bob too. Thank you for them all – Gerry B

  11. Julian, just read the Powder of Death which was very good and on recent trip back to a England for a meeting in Copenhagen, last week picked up Inferno in Waterstones Piccadilly, which having visited Copenhagen 3 weeks ago and my 4th. Visit to the Citadel ( 6th. To that city) brought it all to life. Beautifully crafted tale, I could barely put the book down, and a tragic and virtually unknown part of British and Danish history, saw the Dockyard and checked on forts locations. Thank you very much for another good read on the plane returning home and now back in Bermuda.

    • Edwin – thank you for your kind words. Kathy and I do hope to be able to make a location research trip to Bermuda at some time in the future.

  12. I’ve just finished reading Tyger this fine sat morning, brought a tear to my eyes and an askance look from the missis, very few books do that and even less I can read more than once

    All the Best

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