A methodical man, who knew a little medicine and a lot of surgery, Wilson laid out and inspected his tools at leisure, while his loblolly boys checked needles and horsehair, gags, turpentine, and tow needed for the inevitable operations. A British Naval captain takes a mixed crew protecting a convoy from England bound for the South Atlantic. They must pass through the English Channel and down the west coast of Europe where England is at war with France.
The crew needs to mesh in order for the assignment to succeed. Many small things do not go right and the mission is put in jeopardy. Ship to ship battles were the spicy sauce of the conflicts between France and England during the late 18th and early 19th century. The plot which culminates in a magnificently detailed battle at sea is secondary. If I were at a point where I was considering dipping my toe in the sea of Napoleonic Era naval fiction, I would choose this book to begin. I thoroughly enjoyed the details of life aboard a British Navy ship.
Every detail of mess, bedding, skylarking, surgery, battle, etc. Every role from new recruit to captain is explored and given its due. Perhaps a shade below 5 stars - highly enjoyable. My thanks to V. Ulett for pointing me in this direction. View all 10 comments. May 13, David rated it it was amazing Shelves: In his new novel His Majesty's Ship Alaric Bond once again grips readers with his detailed knowledge of the Georgian navy.
In this prequel to The Jackass Frigate the earlier careers of crew members we have become familiar with are developed. From gundeck to quarterdeck, from powder monkey to Captain, we follow all divisions of the crew of HMS Vigilant, a 64 gun ship-of-the-line, as she is got ready for sea and then escorts a convoy. Ending in a climactic battle, the book, first in the 'Fighting In his new novel His Majesty's Ship Alaric Bond once again grips readers with his detailed knowledge of the Georgian navy. Apr 28, Jason Braida rated it it was amazing.
At less than pages it was a short read with most of the book describing a single drawn out action. I will be continuing with this series. I gather the Fighting Sail series does not have a central character such as a Jack Aubrey or Horatio Hornblower but hopefully the characters I met will reappear in the subsequent books. Sep 30, Jim rated it it was amazing Shelves: I found this book to be especially good.
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Helena in the South Atlantic from the convoy would be taken on to India and ports beyond. Vigilant is accompanied by two other British warships. There are wonderful descriptions of life aboard HMS Vigilant, about the interactions of characters and, ultimately, a dramatic telling of a naval battle at sea.
This, in my mind, makes this book much more realistic and true to life than some of the other series I have read.
The book is well written and a true page turner. I look forward to the next in the series.
This is a fun book. While there are many authors writing about the Royal Navy during the wars of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars O'Brien, Pope, Kent, Forester, etc most of them focus almost entirely on the officer class, with common sailors included for a spot of color. Alaric Bond's Fighting Sail series tries a somewhat different tack, devoting a great deal of attention to the lives of the common sailor, and rather less to those of the officers.
Nearly every character followed i This is a fun book. Nearly every character followed in this book has a rounded character, from the year-old boy who volunteered for a life of adventure without quite knowing what that was about to the frustrated Irish revolutionaries unhappily serving the British crown to the dispirited ship's chaplain.
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For additional information, see the Global Shipping Programme terms and conditions - opens in a new window or tab. The theme we were given was Getting it Right in Nautical Fiction, and I wondered if the following notes made before my talk might[…]. Turn a Blind Eye. In the spring of HMS Vigilant , a 64 gun ship-of-the-line, is about to leave Spithead as senior escort to a small, seemingly innocent, convoy. While Great Britain's major home fleets are immobilised by a vicious mutiny, Adam Duncan, commander of the North Sea Squadron, has to maintain a constant watch over the Dutch coast.
Ireland rises up against years of repression and and two friends and former allies, separated by chance and circumstance, witness developments from opposing sides. A tired ship with a worn out crew, but HMS Scylla has one more trip to make before her much-postponed re-fit. Christmas , although the group of shipwrecked Royal Navy seamen have anything but festivities in mind. Satisfied that he has forged HMS Kestrel into a formidable weapon, Commander King is keen to take her to sea once more.
King finds himself despatched on an urgent deep-sea mission so secret only sealed orders will reveal the final objective.