Commander Tom Kydd joins Nelson's fleet for the greatest sea encounter in history: the Battle of Trafalgar.
Commander Thomas Kydd is eager to play his part in thwarting Bonaparte's plans for the invasion of England.
Joining Admiral Nelson's command, Kydd and his ship soon find themselves at the heart of the action that leads up to the greatest sea battle in history: Trafalgar.
Kydd's journey takes him from false sightings of the enemy and dramatic chases across the Atlantic, to the bloody annihilation of the enemy during the actual battle, and the heroic aftermath.
Elegantly plotted . . . the writing has the power of a broadside at close range. - Oxford Times
Well-written mixture of high-seas adventure and character-based drama . . . impossible not to enjoy - Booklist
Written with authoritative detail by a gifted storyteller who is passionate about the Great Age of Sail. - Western Morning News
Stockwin's descriptions of the bloody reality of naval combat 200 years ago are memorably vivid, and reveal a profound respect for the seamen who were willing to sacrifice their lives to help save their country. - Yorkshire Evening Post
More historically accurate than the Patrick O'Brian series - Royal Navy Sailing Association journal on the KYDD series
This heady adventure blends fact and fiction in rich, authoritative detail. The author closely follows historical record, taking readers into the world-defining events of 1805. - Nautical Magazine
The full-blooded seagoing adventures of Commander Thomas Kydd reach another thrilling chapter. - Peterborough Evening Telegraph
This latest book is as fresh as the first to be published . . . takes forward the careers of his two heroes in such a natural way that they feel to be a genuine part of history, interacting with the real story of Nelson, Trafalgar and Victory. - Firetrench
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.