INFERNO: Out next month!
Inferno, my latest Kydd tale! For this book Kathy and I travelled to Denmark and Sweden on location research, braving the Baltic chill in winter. The book sees Captain Thomas Kydd involved in the Second Battle of Copenhagen in 1807.
Just a few weeks to the official launch on October 6 of
This is what Quarterdeck magazine had to say of the book:
‘Julian Stockwin’s stock-in-trade throughout the Thomas Kydd naval adventures has been creating stirring original, authentic, history-based stories, which often cover completely new subject matter in the genre. Stockwin splices a mariner’s sense of the sea, with a historian’s keen eye, to craft matchless true-to-life historical naval adventures. Immersing himself in minutiae, he leaves no stone unturned in bringing a Kydd novel to life. Whether it’s describing sail handling, a famed naval action, or a slice of Georgian England, the passage is based on factual resources. Inferno, the seventeenth instalment in the Thomas Kydd canon, brings another compelling epic to the fore.
It’s 1807 and Captain Sir Thomas Kydd is ashore, while his frigate, Tyger, is under repair in dry-dock, after her gallant action against three enemy frigates in the Baltic. Hailed as a hero, Kydd craves “space to find himself again; to get away somewhere blessedly remote and peaceful . . .” This lands him in a small, remote village along Scotland’s rocky western coast, with Tyger seaman Toby Stirk, who is recovering from wounds suffered in the recent frigate battle. When a mysterious gold doubloon surfaces, the mates are drawn into a perilous undersea treasure hunt, thrusting Kydd into an ethical dilemma.
At the same time, Napoleon Bonaparte’s victories across Europe and his Continental System – a broad embargo against British trade – threatens England’s economy. But the Emperor’s plan has one critical weakness: Denmark and her navy control the straits through which Baltic trade flows. In an effort to thwart the French, Nicholas Renzi – Lord Farndon – is dispatched by the government on a diplomatic mission to Copenhagen to prevail upon the Danish government to turn its fleet over to the British. Faced with the French army on its border and the Royal Navy at sea, the Danes demur, and risk being caught between two warring forces.
Returning from Scotland, Captain Kydd resumes command of Tyger and sails with a grand fleet and a military force bound for the Baltic on a mission to sway Denmark’s Crown Prince to surrender the Danish fleet. Failing this, the Danish ships could be unleashed by the French against the British. This leads to the Second Battle of Copenhagen, with the British bombarding the city over four days. Meanwhile, Lord Farndon and his wife, Cecilia – Thomas Kydd’s sister – are caught in the blazing inferno.
Stockwin’s passion for the sea, naval service, and the time of Nelson oozes from the pages like fresh hot pitch between the seams of a man-of-war’s deck.’
For UK Kydd fans I will be signing copies of Inferno at various venues:-
On Saturday October 8 I’ll be at Waterstones Drake Circus, Plymouth, 11am – 1:00
1 Charles St
Tel: 01752 669 898
On Saturday October 15 I’ll be at Torbay Bookshop, Paignton, at 11am
The Torbay Bookshop
7 Torquay Road
Tel: 01803 522011