Kydd Series

“A sensitive and insightful portrayal of a common man’s rise to fame and distinction in the age of fighting sail. From the fo’c’sle as a pressed man to prime seaman to command of a crack frigate and more. Reeks of authenticity and understanding with tales to engross landlubber and sailor alike”   – George Jepson, editor  Quarterdeckbuy the books

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Kydd (First book)

The Kydd Series, closely based on real events from history, is the story of one man’s journey from pressed man to Admiral in the Great Age of Fighting Sail. There are a projected 21 titles in the series. Although they form a series, each book can be read alone as a complete story. They are available as hardbacks, paperbacks, e-books and audiobooks; a number of titles have been translated into French, German, Portuguese, Russian and Japanese.

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  2. Bought Artemis around 2005, enjoyed it, somehow missed that it was part of a series. Am now discovering the rest of the books via my Nook and just finished Seaflower….can’t wait to read the rest. Excellent work sir.

    • Thank you, Mike! When you’ve caught up you might like to know I’m bringing out TWO new Kydd titles this year, PERSEPHONE and THE BALTIC PRIZE.

  3. Just reading about the new carrier The Prince of Wales and noted that the name of the captain is Jerry Kyd! Short of the final ‘d’ but most obviously carrying forward the Tom Kydd tradition.You have a long way to go to get the series up to date Julian

      • Sorry Julian – I am not on Facebook and so wouldn’t have seen the photo. A Pal of mine produces ballast for ships, oil rigs, etc. etc. has recently completed the first carrier and is now on the way with the second one. I was reading about both carriers and inadvertently used the wrong one in my message.(Sorry Commodore Kyd). Looking forward to May!!.

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  5. Okay so I’m officially hooked! The opening chapter of The Privateer’s Revenge ironically connects to Mr. Stockwin’s first…and threads all other eight to this….steady as she goes…

  6. I have just finished ” Inferno ” and it was splendid Bigjules….Thank you.
    During my long wait for the new book I decided that in order to make the book last I would limit myself to a chapter a day.
    Imagine my horror once purchasing ” Inferno ” and hungrily starting the first chapter, I had finished it in around one and a half minutes !.
    I immediately sought out how many chapters there were and found the grand total of one hundred and five !. How could I possibly survive on my diet you might well ask.
    Well of course I couldn’t and just gorged my way through in record time.
    Now I have to wait and wait for the next feast………or do I ?

    Happy writing

    John Plumer

    ( Did you know that Nathaniel Drinkwater was under the raft in Tilsit ? )

    • Pleased you enjoyed INFERNO, John, even if you couldn’t spin it out…The next book is PERSEPHONE, out in May 2017 so not that long to wait!

  7. Very interesting to find my family name “Kydd”…as the title to an exciting series of books of high seas in the 1800’s…even more interesting to see my middle name Beresford also used in your books….My grandfather Ernest Ferdinand McClellan Kydd from a small whale village call Bequia, his brother was Henry Beresford Kydd….go to FB/ Kydd Family for more info…

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  11. Having completed Kent’s Bolitho, Forester’s Hornblower, Pope’s Ramage, and O’Brian’s Aubrey series, I thought I had read through every set of sailing books out there. That prospect made life just a little bit duller.

    Then I came across Kydd and bought it with great expectations. My hopes were not only fulfilled but blown away. I found the characters, action, and story in your first book to far far surpass all those I mentioned at the start. And none of them had the courage to start with a pressed man.

    Knowing there are many books ahead of me brightens my day. It is as if I stumbled across buried treasure. I am going to set out to track down first editions as quickly as I am able. Thanks for your efforts to bringing historical seafaring alive for us all.

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  13. Read the whole series. ..just finished Tyger. I am looking forward to the October release. I have had 40 years at sea…mostly Canadian towboats…Kydd sounds like men I have known.

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  21. I am now reading Tyger after having read all the Kydd novels in order. Do you know about when the next title will be available in the states? Obviously, I have enjoyed the series greatly.

  22. Sir, I have just finish Tyger. Oh my god you truly get better. I was in tears toward the end. Only Victory did the same. Again my only regret I finished to quickly and most wait so long for the next yarn.

      • Dear Mr Stockwin. I’m recently retired and by chance i picked up your book “Tyger” at our local library. I liked it so much I made it my summer’s quest to read your entire Kydd series. (In order this time) I just finished the last one today. I thoroughly enjoyed every one. Thank you so much for energizing my joy of reading again.
        B Daw Canada

  23. would you please remind me in which book Nicholas Renzi returned home to take up his inheritance and marry Cecelia Kydd?
    Love the Kydd books. Thanks

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