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4,4 sur 5 étoiles
5,0 sur 5 étoilesThe entire Dawlish Chronicles series is superb
26 septembre 2018 - Publié sur Amazon.com
The entire series is exceptionally well written but what I like the most about the series is that is about times (sail to steamship) and places where Dawlish's adventures occur. They range from Turkey to Cuba to South America to Korea and to Sudan/Egypt (these are the ones that come to mind). Dawlish is essentially "blackmailed" (in a nice career advancing way) to undertake suicidal missions yet, of course (since this is a series), he always survives. And you are told that from volume one in the bibliography what the dates of his and his wife's death are. Speaking of his wife, Florence, one of the books is about her personal mission while Dawlish is on his mission. I just was hooked on the series and am sorry to say I am on the last volume now (hoping there may be more to come). If you like an honorable man striving to advance his career but whocan switch into "Sharpe" mode in an instant, and if you like historical fiction in areas you do not normally see written, you will be hooked also.
4,0 sur 5 étoilesFirst-rate sea fiction in the late Victorian Era.
29 avril 2018 - Publié sur Amazon.com
It's the late 1870s. Sea warfare is undergoing a Mechanical Revolution as dramatic as the Electronic Revolution of a century later. Steam is replacing sail, breech-loading cannon replacing muzzle-loaders...and what was modern a decade ago will be obsolete in five years. Into this turmoil, Antoine Vanner has dropped Nicholas Dawlish, a young Royal Navy officer hungry for advancement, and willing to take on dirty jobs to get it. And there are plenty of dirty jobs. Britain may be at peace, but it's a peace maintained by an enormous amount of diplomacy, overt threats, and covert military aid.
Such as sending Dawlish to help the Ottoman Navy fight the Russians.
This is a well-written, fast-paced story. And Vanner understands just how fast the technology is changing. He's done his research, it shows.
Two nits to pick - Vanner isn't going to make his fame writing romances. And he desperately needs to write a prequel or two, delving into just how Dawlish got his start. Including that affair in a Chinese ditch with Jackie Fisher.
5,0 sur 5 étoilesOut of the age of sail into the 1870's!
3 juin 2017 - Publié sur Amazon.com
After a reading binge of 50+ Naval novels covering the Napoleonic War era this was a very nice change. I wasn't sure I was going to like going so far into the future out of the age of sail into the age of steam but I was enthralled by the book. Plunking down a Royal Navy Officer into the Turkish Navy and then having him lead Marines and Sailors ashore to do mayhem against the Russians made for a fascinating story. I found myself going to Google Earth to look for locales and doing web searches of the Russo-Turkish War to augment details.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and bought the other 4 in the series and am reading book 2 now. I am hoping Mr Vanner writes several books of Dawlish's earlier life in the RN. There looks to be a 15 year long goldmine there.
5,0 sur 5 étoilesNice change from the Revolutionary and Napoleonic era
15 septembre 2018 - Publié sur Amazon.com
So as the title says, nice change. I've always enjoyed nautical tales; yet we have mostly been confined to the Age of Sail or the World War settings, this series has helped change that. First the setting, the Age of Steam. As an engineering type I like it, also the expansion beyond the American Civil War ironclads to the following designs eas interesting as things were moving so quickly over the years. It was really interesting to gain an exposure to the difficulties and limitations coaling placed on this new technology. Equally interesting the setting of the Russo-Turkish War of 1877, I knew of it, I knew of its consequences; but lacked a more gritty view of its realities. The character, Dawlish. Ah, he troubled me a bit more, at least initially; but I was pleased to see things progress as they did. The author gave enough hints of his back story to make him interesting, but early on, especially his first encounter and solution with Oliver "Abdul" Shagnasty (read it and you'll get it) made me grind my teeth with frustration. I could see how things would go from there. Victorian fair play at work. Ugh. Nonetheless the story worked well. Now the nautical side of things. One of the reasons, I believe, so few steam era naval books exists is the lack of opponents for the main Navies of the period, to have a go at one another. There just weren't that many well known sea fights between the US Civil War and the Sino Japanese or Russian Japanese wars. The result is many Royal Naval officers and men found themselves in Naval Brigades ashore as part of the Victorian colonial expansion. The author provided a fictional yet enjoyable alternative with Dawlish's exploits in the Black Sea. I liked that. Additionally the conflicts ashore were well done. Serious kudos for the maps too! One of my peeves/whines has always been the lack of maps, especially in locations where many readers have never travelled. Additional kudos for the historical research, from the weapons of the participants to their uniforms and ranks. To me this implied a craftsman in his trade, willing to study rather than just put words on paper. The engineer in me liked the storyline involving the black gangs below deck too. No one remembers them ... So bottom line, I enjoyed the book immensely and plan to read the other books in the series. Thank you Mr Vanner.