This is Sharpe with ships and for readers who love Bernard Cornwell and Patrick O'Brian. The seventh novel in Julian Stockwin's hugely popular seafaring series, published to tie in with the 200th anniversary of Trafalgar.
Thrilled at his first command, a little brig sloop called Teazer, Thomas Kydd must race to bring his ship to battle readiness he is desperately needed to defend Malta against Barbary corsairs, ferocious privateers and the French who are frantically trying to rescue the remnants of their army in the Levant.
But his jubilation does not last long - peace is suddenly declared and Kydd is left ashore on half pay.
A rare chance gives him the opportunity to once again go to sea. He sets sail as captain of a convict transport for the penal colony in New South Wales and challenges that will test both his seamanship and humanity to the limit.
Stockwin paints a vivid picture of life aboard the mighty ship-of-the-line... the harsh naval discipline, the rancid food, and the skill of the common sailor are all skilfully evoked. - Daily Express on KYDD
In Stockwin's hands the sea story will continue to entrance readers across the world. - Guardian on KYDD
The appeal of the story is in the telling, which is atmospheric, authentic ... The author had a long career in the Royal Navy, which adds to his prose that extra dash of salty realism. - Publishing News on MUTINY
I was soon turning the pages almost indecently fast ... Roll on, the promised adventures of Kydd and Renzi. - Independent on KYDD
Julian Stockwin was sent at the age of fourteen to Indefatigable, a tough sea-training school. He joined the Royal Navy at fifteen before transferring to the Royal Australian Navy, where he served for eight years in the Far East, Antarctic waters and the South Seas. In Vietnam he saw active service in a carrier task force.
After leaving the Navy (rated Petty Officer), Julian practised as an educational psychologist. He lived for some time in Hong Kong, where he was commissioned into the Royal Naval Reserve. He was awarded the MBE and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He now lives in Devon with his wife Kathy. More information can be found on his website at www.julianstockwin.com.