Pasha is the fifteenth title in the Kydd series. Captain Kydd finds himself in a critical sphere of interest: the Dardanelles and I think I can guarantee a few surprises in this book… Constantinople – or should I say Istanbul – is one of the world’s genuine iconic locations. It is surpassingly beautiful and has a beguilingly romantic air, tinged with Oriental mystery. It was one of my life’s special moments when, on location research for this book, I stood on a balcony of the Topkapi Palace on Seraglio Point and looked out over the Golden Horn, across to Asia and up through the Bosporus in the direction of the Black Sea and Russia.
Overview of Pasha
An Admiralty summons to England cuts short Thomas Kydd’s service in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. While the crew of L’Aurore can look forward to liberty and prize money, a shadow hangs over their captain: the impending court martial of his one-time commander, Commodore Popham, who led a doomed attack on South America.
Following Nelson’s death two years earlier, England is in desperate need of heroes and Kydd’s Caribbean exploits are the talk of London. Feted by the king and a grateful country,
Kydd is soon on detachment in a new and dangerous sphere of interest: the Dardanelles, connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Black Sea and providing a route to India. The French have long coveted this route, knowing that it could be the key to toppling the British Empire in India. When they successfully whip up such strong anti-English sentiment that the British ambassador to Constantinople has to flee to L’Aurore, a deadly stand-off ensues.
Meanwhile Kydd’s closest friend, Nicholas Renzi, has assumed a new role that he can never make public. Sent under alias on a mission to Constantinople, Renzi must engineer a coup that will turn the tables on the French. But when he’s taken prisoner, only Kydd’s superb seamanship and sheer bravado can save the day.
What three advance reviewers have said
“Stockwin has not only continued the Kydd series in fine fashion but he has exceeded expectations. In Pasha, Thomas Kydd and Nicholas Renzi have risen to their great potential. Not only are these fictional characters believable, but the author’s attention to historical detail is superb.”
“I just finished Pasha and all I can say is “WOW”!! So many twists and turns. So many questions answered. So many things set to rights, and then it’s all a whole new set up!! Totally unexpected and totally enjoyable.”
“I have enjoyed the Kydd series immensely, but Pasha is my favorite. I love the new developments in Renzi’s life. I will say no more!”
Publication schedule, hard cover and ebook
UK/Europe: 9 Oct; Australia & NZ: 14 Oct; US: 1 Nov; Canada: 12 Nov; South Africa: 15 Nov
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Buy the book
Pasha will be widely available from online and physical bookstores, as a hardback and ebook.
A selection of outlets:
Australia : Fishpond
Canada : Chapters
Worldwide : Book Depository
I’ll be signing at :
- October 11 Torbay Bookshop, 2pm
7 Torquay Road
October 18, Waterstones Drake Circus, 12 noon – 1pm
01752 669 898
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