The Kydd Series

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The Kydd Series

“One man’s journey from pressed man to Admiral in the Great Age of Fighting Sail…”
The Thomas Kydd Novels [ Download PDF ]

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32 Comments on “The Kydd Series”

  1. I was given two of your paperbacks for Christmas, so far I have read all the Kydd series, also the Silk Tree and the Black Powder and brilliant they all are too, I’m a budding writer myself, but not yet published anything, basically I don’t have the funds, but hoping one day to be able to, out of the two latest additions to my library, which of these two comes first, – ‘The Eastern Seas’ or ‘Balkin Glory’ ? I am ex RN myself by the way. But I regret I only did 12. Cheers, from another old salt,

    • Delighted to hear you’re enjoying my work, David, and thank you for your kind comments. TO THE EASTERN SEAS comes before BALKAN GLORY. And good luck with your own writing endeavours!

  2. Thank you! The Kydd series is a joy to read. I savor each one. I grew up in a fishing family and have always felt a pull towards water of any kind. I started with Travis McGee, the John D. MacDonald series, then Aubrey and Maturin. From there, I don’t know if you’re much for science fiction, the Destroyermen series by Taylor Anderson creates a wonderful progression of naval might in a ‘new’ world. My wife helped me find the Hornblower books but toward the end of that series, I was thought that might be it. She introduced me to Kydd and I’m loving the research and talent you’ve applied to his creation. I can only hope there are more on the horizon. I just finished Tenacious and have the next book waiting on my desk. You’re series, liked the previous I’ve mentioned, causes me to resist the urge to read them all at once for fear of not having a new one to look forward to. Ultimately, my point is to say thank you. Your work is deeply appreciated. Carry on. (Please) – Lee Adkison

    • Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts about the Kydd Series, Lee, and rest assured there are more to come after THUNDERER, out this October. Anchors aweigh!

  3. I have just paused after shoving off with Kidd and Toot (Invasion) leaving their pursuers behind to drop you a note of thanks. After O’Brian I felt landlocked. Then I ran into Kidd.
    Now I am signed on like a faithful deckhand. And like the hoveller of Deal, I honor you for your taut writing. Reading this series reminds me that great writing and good stories, even about the same subject matter, can come from different perspectives. Nothing Renzi derives from reading is any more pleasing than spending my days venturing with this series of your books. I am no sailor, but your books make me a willing lubber to learn the ropes. Fair weather and full sails. Richard Dorsey.

  4. I am a great fan of the Kydd series. Please write as many as you can. I am sure it will prolong my life if there is another on the horizon. Captain of a ship of the line, Vice admiral, Admiral.

  5. Are you planning to write anymore books in your excellent “Moments in History Series”?

  6. I read Kydd in July 2018. Am now on Pasha. Some I obtain from the marvellous library in Southsea Portsmouth. I’ve never enjoyed a series of book more. I’m so glad there’s more to come because although I can’t read them quickly enough I dread them ending. I used to be a sailor’s wife and now I’m a guide on HMS Victory. Thank you so much for the hours of pleasure and information your books give me.

    • Hi Anne,I live in Southsea and am a member of the dockyard and Parmy rd Libray, a regular visiter to Victory may see you on board one day after the current crisis regards Michael Parks.

  7. I have all of your Kydd series in paperback and have read then many times!- each with even more enjoyment.
    Is there any prospect of the publishing of the series in a collectors compendium set ?
    My paperbacks won’t stand up to much more usage and I would love a bound set to keep for future years!

    • Nigel – pleased to hear my Kydd tales are giving you so much pleasure. At the moment there are no plans for a compendium set but hopefully this will eventuate at some point in the future

  8. G’day Julian,
    I have read all the Kydd series and look forward to each new book with relish, though I have a question on the series, when you first started the series you said it was the story of Thomas Kydd from Pressed Seaman to Admiral with approx 20 books in the series, we are now about to get number 20 in June and 21 in November and no sign of him even being a promotion to Commodore let alone the eventual promotion to Admiral , can we expect maybe a promotion in 22?
    Thanks and regards Mark Harbour

      • Wonderful news that there will be more adventure that previously thought. I just this minute finished A Sea of Gold, and started the Kydd series in July 2019. I can’t get enough of it, and am a huge fan. When can we expect the next book? Kimberley Waterfield

    • The RN of the period was all about seniority on the List.You only advanced when there was a vacancy.

    • Hello!
      I’ve recently discovered your books and they’ve kept me going during lockdown. I love the combination of seafaring, action and realistic romance. Struggling to lay my hands on Command and The Admiral’s Daughter at the moment as the Amazon well has run dry. Any ideas where I could lay my hands on them?

      • I assume you’re after hardbacks, Matt? They’re basically out of print now but you may find ‘used’ copies on sites like Abe. The paperbacks are still available new.

        • Hello!

          Thanks so much for replying. It’s actually the new paperbacks I’m struggling to source!



  9. Awesome Kydd series, was introduced by an elderly neighbor having a clear out of several books, but not the first volume, once I read that from the library I have been hooked and working my through them all.

  10. Julian, I’ve read all the Kydd series and have just started on ‘The Silk Tree’, where I notice ‘The Crakys of War’ announced…
    However I don’t see any evidence anywhere of it actually being published. Is it under another title, or…?

    Looking forward to the next instalment of Kidd and the next GameChanger – and thank you for your gorgeous prose and riveting plot lines!

    Best regards, Tony.

  11. I took a pause when I first read this paragraph, and came back to it several times before completing this marvelous story. This is the kind of writing that keeps readers hooked to reading, searching for another gem such as this. Marvelous:

    “There never was a definite time. Never an exact defining instant at which England finally vanished. One moment the far line of the land was there, only just, and the next time Kydd remembered to look, there was nothing but a horizon innocent of anything but the rimming seascape. It should have been a special moment, leaving his native country astern, but he only felt a curious separation, one in which England carried on with its own cares, duties and pleasures down one line of existence, while Kydd and watery world went another.”

    Kydd, by Julian Stockwin, page 112 of the McBooks Press, Inc. paperback edition

  12. Sir,

    I’ve just finished Tyger and it is bittersweet: knowing the adventure continues, but having to wait until next October.

    I can only describe your latest edition to Tom Cutlass’ adventure a complete triumph.

    Your transition from L’Aurore to Tyger with the introduction of so many new characters was seamless, however nice to see old Toby Stirk still rattlin’ around.

    Given I am a Bray myself, quite a big fellow with a dark complexion and an ex-navalman too, I could not help but warm immediately to Tyger’s new first.

    I thank you sir and eagerly await the next instalment, passing the time by going back over Tom’s adventures past.

    Warmest regards,
    Mr Bray

    • Mr Bray – thank you indeed for your kind words about my latest Kydd title. It always gives me special pleasure to hear from Old Salts! Best wishes, Julian Stockwin

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