Betrayal

Julian Stockwin.. McBooks (IPG, dist.), $24 (320p) ISBN 978-1-59013-655-3
Stockwin's 13th novel of Napoleonic naval warfare featuring the redoubtable Captain Thomas Kydd of the Royal Navy features more high-seas adventure, ocean battles, bloody melees, and general villainy. After capturing the Cape Colony in South Africa in last year's excellent Conquest, Kydd and his crew are anxious for action. It's 1806 and Kydd is the captain of the frigate HMS L'Aurore. When Commodore Popham decides to sail his small British squadron to South America to foment revolt against the Spanish, Kydd agrees to support the wild scheme without knowing that Popham plans to start a deadly war without the proper authority; the plan is ill-conceived, poorly supported, and doomed by treachery. Though the British capture Buenos Aires, the locals don't rise against the Spanish, as had been expected, and while Popham achieves his objective, Kydd and the crew are beset by massive enemy forces and surprising betrayals. Neither Kydd's imaginative determination, nor the courage of his men, seem likely to prevent disaster. Stockwin, who based this tale on a factual debacle easily overlooked by history, is a master of Napoleonic-era atmosphere and rich descriptions of the military, politics, and society. With the last two books, Stockwin's series is approaching the level of C.S. Forester's Hornblower books. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 08/20/2012
Release date: 09/01/2012
Genre: Fiction
Paperback - 384 pages - 978-1-4447-1201-8
Ebook - 355 pages - 978-1-59013-658-4
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