Kydd's first mission after the triumph of Trafalgar is to capture and protect a fragile new British colony: 19th century Cape Town
Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar removed the spectre of invasion and England is now free to seek conquests and colonies in the furthest reaches of the world.
Captain Kydd joins an expedition to take Dutch-held Cape Town, a strategic imperative to secure the rich trade-route to India. But even if the British can defeat the enemy and take possession of the capital, there is still more fighting to be done.
Kydd and his men must defend the fragile colony from attacks by the enemy from all sides, while braving the wild beasts and hostile environment of Africa's vast and savage hinterland.
Stockwin assembles an exciting and suspenseful historical loaded with action, intrigue, treachery, and the bloody gore of 1805 warfare - Publishers Weekly on CONQUEST
More historically accurate than the Patrick O'Brian series - Royal Navy Sailing Association journal on the KYDD series
Another thundering good read for those who love seagoing stories in the Hornblower mould - Peterborough Evening Telegraph on TREACHERY
This heady adventure blends fact and fiction in rich, authoritative detail. - Nautical Magazine on VICTORY
Paints a vivid picture - Daily Express on KYDD
Stockwin's descriptions of the bloody reality of naval combat 200 years ago are memorably vivid - Yorkshire Evening Post on VICTORY
I was turning the pages almost indecently fast - Independent on KYDD
A born storyteller and a man with a vivid imagination . . . his research is accurate and first class. - Flagship on TREACHERY
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.