KYDD announces a major voice in naval adventure writing.
Thomas Paine Kydd, a young wig-maker from Guildford, is seized by the press gang, to be a part of the crew of the 98-gun line-of-battle ship Royal William. The ship sails immediately and Kydd has to learn the harsh realities of shipboard life fast. Despite all that he goes through in danger of tempest and battle he comes to admire the skills and courage of the seamen - taking up the challenge himself to become a true sailor.
KYDD launches a masterly new writing talent and a thrilling new series. Based on dramatic real events, it is classic storytelling at its very best, rich with action with exceptional characters and a page-turning narrative.
As an O'Brien groupie myself, I began to read suspiciously... I was soon turning over the pages almost indecently fast... Roll on, the promised adventures of Kydd and Renzi on "the legendary crack frigate Artemis". - Christina Hardyment, Independent
Stockwin weaves a fast- paced tale that brings a whiff of the sea and gunpowder. Recommended. - Citylights
gripping...Rich in action and full of interesting characters, this thrilling novel leaves you in awe of the 18th- century seaman. - Peterborough Evening Telegraph
impressively full of life. I was soon turning over the pages indecently fast. - Independent Friday Review