The Privateer's Revenge: A Kydd Sea Adventure

Julian Stockwin, Author . McBooks $24 (318p) ISBN 978-1-59013-165-7

Readers unfamiliar with the previous eight books in the Kydd series (The Admiral's Daughter , etc.) may find themselves lost at sea with the plot and setting of Stockwin's underwhelming latest addition. After the death of Cmdr. Thomas Kydd's one true love, Rosalynd, in Daughter , Kydd's depression only worsens when his ship, the HMS Teazer , is assigned to the Channel Islands, a backwater in the sea war between England and Napoleonic France. His crew's loyalty flagging, Kydd is framed for smuggling, then cashiered from royal service. After a brief stint working as a stagehand for a roving theater troupe, he is recruited to captain a privateer, duty he previously considered beneath him, while his steadfast friend and clerk, Nicholas Renzi, falls into the service of the prince of Bouillon, who is part of a plot to kidnap Napoleon and restore the Bourbon throne. Full of indecipherable sailing jargon and one-dimensional characters, Stockwin's plodding installment sinks. (Oct.)

Reviewed on: 08/25/2008
Release date: 10/01/2008
Genre: Fiction
Paperback - 318 pages - 978-1-59013-236-4
Hardcover - 325 pages - 978-1-59013-423-8
Open Ebook - 324 pages - 978-1-59013-334-7
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