I noticed there was a character named Nick Renzi in an old Perry Mason TV episode, “The Case of the Pint Sized Client”. I love your books, esp the gritty details, and the less than perfect characters. If I were on one of these vessels, I would like to be carpenter’s crew. Reply
I noticed there was a character named Nick Renzi in an old Perry Mason TV episode, “The Case of the Pint Sized Client”. I love your books, esp the gritty details, and the less than perfect characters. If I were on one of these vessels, I would like to be carpenter’s crew.
As a former Merchant Mariner and current Sailor I have greatly enjoyed the accuracy of the technical, historical, and geographical material – as well as the stories. I use GoogleEarth to view the locations which adds greatly to my enjoyment of your novels. Please keep up the good work! Thanks.
As an Old Guildfordian, born 80 years ago within about 50 yards of where Kydd’s parents’ school is presumed to have been, I am intrigued to know what your connection with Guildford is. Why did you set Kydd in Guildford? I still attend Holy Trinity church where I was Tower Captain for 50 years.
Also I note that Cornish choughs appear on the Onslow memorial in the church.
Congratulations on your enjoyable books.
I lived in Guildford for a number of years. Delighted you’re enjoying the books!
I am a great fan of Kydd and read to Book Nr. 8 in German. But now i have to stop because of the end of translation. Its a pitty that my english is not so good. Is there a chance that the other Books written in english will be translated in german?
I’m hopeful more titles will be translated into German in the future
I just love your books and they really fill the void left by Patrick O’Brian! There are two things about To The Eastern Seas that puzzle me. I too love fossil words and you really got me with jowlah-jowlah! Admiral Smyth and Hobson-Jobson could not answer although I did find traces of “goring” and “roaches” therein. What is jowlah? Finally what is the “implement” on the cover – a sword?
Unfortunately I go through your books so quickly that I am always eager for the next. I am also an Indophile and am hoping you will continue in the far east for a while.
Delighted you’re enjoying my Kydd tales, Chris. Jowlah-jowlah is a native expression from the early days of the Raj – ‘hurry up’! And the cover weapon is a kris.
I have been reading your books for years – always waiting for the next to be published. The last few have wandered from the story line and action that I grew accustom to. Backroom politics and spying are not why I read these books. While they may be well written they have lost their edge. I got 45% of the way through Sea of Gold and quit. I hope your next book contains a lot more broadsides.
I’ve just discovered your books recently and I’m enjoying them. My question though, is was it really possible for a pressed man to become an officer or captain?
Certainly. We do know of a tiny handful of seamen who did so.
I don’t know about you, but I spent 20 years on active duty (USN): four ships, five cruises, and at the end, we had 10 kids! (+ two more later…). By now (Sea of Gold), I’d have expected both Tom and Nicholas to have fathered at least one or two each; when do the girls (Seph and Cec) get pregnant?
Watch this space…
Is there a reason that your books are not available on Audible any longer?
They are available https://www.audible.com/author/Julian-Stockwin/B001HD3REK
Iv just finished to the eastern seas and yet again what a book. it was so worth the wait and the way in which you do your reserch honers our navy and its history (in my opinion). (again this is only in my humble opinion but) you sir are a littery great that can spin a right royaling yarn.
Thanks Julian;a big fan of the series,just finished ‘TO THE EASTERN SEAS read them all and can’t wait for the next one
Hi Jules, I discovered Kydd just a few months ago and have now ‘consumed’ the series to date, having finished ‘To The Eastern Seas’ this morning.
Now I feel as if I’ve lost a friend and companion. What a fantastic series and spell binding stories, thank you,
How long do we have to wait for Kydd to be at sea again and when oh when does he get to fly his Commodore’s pennant
BALKAN GLORY is out in October.
Kydd sails again this October.
I am a retired Submarine Engineer. I have just had major heart surgery but ok. Was recommended the Thomas Kydd series by a friend as a good read while recovering.
I AM HOOKED . Just downloaded To The Eastern Seas . I read on kindle. Am a little pissed off that the price has increased to a level that I have never paid for a kindle book . I may not progress with Sir T’s story
Pleased you’re enjoying the series but I do not have control over ebook pricing
Julian, I’ve bought all of your books and have all your newsletters, the collectors sets and have subscribed to them since you started subscriptions. However it seems you brought out To The Eastern Skies in October and I wasn’t informed of the subscription or somehow it went to my spam (which empties itself.) and I’ve now missed it. Does that also mean I’m removed from the subscription list?
We did send out several emails, Mike, but apologies you missed out on TO THE EASTERN SEAS Collectors Set. You are on the Standing Orders list for future books, including BALKAN GLORY https://julianstockwin.com/kydd-series-collectors-set/ – but we wil be closing the subscription list soon so don’t delay if you wish to secure your set this time
why is the kindle version of book 22 to the eastern seas so expensive?
I don’t have control over ebook pricing but I will pass your comment on to my publisher
I have very much enjoyed your Thomas KIdd series you are right up there with O’Brian, Forester et al and every bit as worthy of re-reading. They have been all the more enjoyable as I have read them as we have cruised the Med. Thank goodness for Kindles on night watch!
julian. I have just finished your 22nd Kydd. How do you keep this up? No 22 is as fresh as #1 that hooked me – but – the latest is perhaps the best I have read The reason is that it took us to a new area in time, geography, historically least well known. What joy and pleasure to read and a terrible moment when I got to the end. I pre-ordered and counted down the days for its release. Dare I ask when #23 will come out.
I am 82 so please make it sooner rather than later!
BALKAN GLORY is published October 2020, Hamish
Julian. I have just finished TO THE EASTERN SEAS
Just finished “Eastern Seas”…..
Beautifully constructed, as ever.
You have the knack of blending real history with very credible fictionalisation – on a par with the very best of naval fiction authors.
Now that Sir Thomas is almost back in England, I’m expecting a grateful Admiralty to show their appreciation!!
Don’t, please, leave us waiting too long for the next novel….
Julian, I have just started reading your books and am now addicted. As an avid reader of historical fiction and a naval officer, your writing is intriguing and thoroughly compelling. Thank you and keep up the great work. Ken
Always delighted to hear from a naval officer – and thank you for your kind comments, Ken
After forty years of reading and re-reading the Bolitho series I looked for something new and discovered Kydd. Am now up to Tyger and the trial of Sir Home Popham. I actually own an original newspaper of the time reporting that trial. I look forward to starting the Kydd series from book one all over again.
Love all your books! Found Iberian Flame on a cruise ship and was immediately hooked! Having read all the Hornblower, Bolitho and Aubrey books and looking for more, this was just what I was looking for! From then I started properly at the beginning with Kydd, and although a actually a motor boat sailor, I have loved this period of sailing since a teenager. Comment – Judd bones up the ranks quickly and I don’t know where it will end. Could you possibly slip another book in between earlier ones with another adventure in?
Delighted to hear you’re loving my Kydd tales. At the moment the plan is to continue with the chronological sequence.
Reading all the Kidd book and really enjoying them. Just read Pasha and left book with L’Auror sailing into the sunset. Next book Persephone they are sailing in Tyger! What happened to L’Auror? At the end of book Kidd marries Persephone, next book Inferno I am 7% of the way in and he doesn’t appear to be married. I am reading books in order that Amazon suggests so what has happened. Is the order suggested not correct? Thanks in advance series us really good.
Delighted you’re enjoying the series, Bernie. The order from PASHA is TYGER, INFERNO, PERSEPHONE, THE BALTIC PRIZE, THE IBERIAN FLAME and A SEA OF GOLD (TO THE EASTERN SEAS comes out in Oct.)
One day when you send an email or something… could you give us the full list, in order, from the start.
I sorta wish they had numbers on them! Ha. Who would know you’d write so many in the series, right??
here you go…
8. THE ADMIRAL’S DAUGHTER
9. TREACHERY (US TITLE: THE PRIVATEER’S REVENGE0
19. THE BALTIC PRIZE
20. THE IBERIAN FLAME
21. A SEA OF GOLD
22. TO THE EASTERN SEAS (Oct. 2019)
https://julianstockwin.com/welcome-front-page/books-published/ – you can download the list
Love the books but miss the covers by the great Geoff Hunt. Is there a chance that he could do the covers for future novels in the series? They cannot be beaten for accuracy and atmosphere.
Fashions change in book covers and while Geoff Hunt did superb covers for the earlier titles I love the new format and we’re receiving very positive feedback
I like the new covers. Can we order prints ?
I regret prints are not available at the moment.
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!”
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.
Unfortunately that map error was not spotted until after publication but it will be corrected on subsequent printings. A literary gremlin…
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 email@example.com for details.
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
with Kydd and his
loyal friend Renzi
Thank you so much