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  • #16
    Lance I was just getting ready to start the hornblower series, where would you start? I read the first chapter of midshipman on a free kindle sample, I was interested in this as it is the basis for the Honor Harrington science fiction series written by David Weber. I have read a few of those and enjoyed them and figured I would like to see where they were grounded. There is just something about old ships of the line!
    "Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."
    John Adams, 1770

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    • #17
      Originally posted by modelsinchina View Post
      Lance I was just getting ready to start the hornblower series, where would you start?....
      I'm not Lance, but I asked the same question when I wanted to begin reading the Hornblower series.

      According to this, the book to begin with is Mr. Midshipman Hornblower.

      I hope you enjoy reading the Hornblower books. I know I did.
      "I have never known a combat soldier who did not show a residue of war." --Sergeant Ed Stewart, 84th Division, US Army, WWII

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      • #18
        Thanks Greybriar,

        I have tried to read all of the series in chronilogical order, even if they weren't written in chronilogical order, to try and guage they're historical accuracy. Many have website that help put them in order.
        Lance W.

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        • #19
          Thanks guys, looking forward to that, there is just something about the age of sail.
          "Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."
          John Adams, 1770

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          • #20
            Originally posted by GCoyote View Post
            The Flesh and Blood Behind Horatio Hornblower


            http://www.historynet.com/mhq-review...hornblower.htm
            Well I'm about 2/3rds of the way through Commander and it certainly is a great background for any fan of fiction in the Age of Fighting Sail. That being said I find Taylor a bit dull at times, but even that is often saved by quotations from letters of the period and notes from ships logs. Sometimes you have to "read between the lines" (as Taylor often does) to get the true picture. If nothing else it shows the competition, rivalry, and sometimes hatred that occurred between these captains/admirals in their quest for glory and prize money. It also shows the frequent cronyism/nepotism that was rampant in the Royal Navy and that the seniority system all to often promoted the incompetant to flag positions. It also is pretty clear that Pellew was an inspiration for both the Aubrey and Kydd characters and to a lesser extent Bolitho.
            Lance W.

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            • #21
              Well fans it looks like a new Dewey Lambdin Alan Lewrie novel titled "Hostile Shores" has just been released and I've also found that Donald Donachie has several series set in the French Revolution period, has anyone read them?
              Last edited by Lance Williams; 08 Mar 13, 16:17.
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              • #22
                Originally posted by Lance Williams View Post
                Well fans it looks like a new Dewey Lambdin Alan Lewrie novel titled "Hostile Shores" has just been released and I've also found that Donald Donachie has several series set in the French Revolution period, has anyone read them?
                I just picked up "Hostile Shores" from the library. It covers the British invasions of Cape Town and the River Plate. It should be interesting to see how it compares to Julian Stockwin's Kydd covering the same events.
                Lance W.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Lance Williams View Post
                  I just picked up "Hostile Shores" from the library. It covers the British invasions of Cape Town and the River Plate. It should be interesting to see how it compares to Julian Stockwin's Kydd covering the same events.
                  I just finished "Hostile Shores". I enjoyed it as I have all of the Lewrie series, but it does not go into the detail of the campaigns the way the Kydd series did. They cover in one novel what took up two books for Kydd. Either way Sir Home Riggs Popham was lucky that his misadventure in Argentina reaped 1.6 million Spanish dollars in Droits for the Crown or he likely would have received far harsher punishment than just a severe repremand.
                  Lance W.

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                  • #24
                    I finally found the first two books in the Matty Graves series by Broos Campbell, has anyone read them? I suspect they may be a bit different because they're written from the American point of view They begin during the Quasi War with France which is a very overlooked historical period.
                    Lance W.

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                    • #25
                      I finally found the first two books in the Matty Graves series by Broos Campbell, has anyone read them? I suspect they may be a bit different because they're written from the American point of view They begin during the Quasi War with France which is a very overlooked historical period.
                      Lance W.

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                      • #26
                        Loved Forester, O'Brian, and Lambdin. Kent's Bolitho novels, on the other hand, soon got into a terrible serial rut. The supporting characters were little better than cyphers, and even after the half dozen novels I read had received zero development. Worst of all, Kent got several technical points wrong, some of them blatantly so.

                        Originally posted by Lance Williams View Post
                        In the last year I have read all of the major fictional series that occur in the 1770-1820 period of the age of sail. I have enjoyed all of them with their slightly different takes on the period. They include:

                        The Hornblower Series by C.F. Forester
                        The Aubrey/Maturin Series by Patrick O'Brian
                        The Bolitho Series by Alexander Kent
                        The Lewrie Series by Dewey Lambdin
                        The Ramage Series by Dudley Pope

                        and I'm still trying to find the Matty Groves series by Broos Campbell

                        If I had to nitpick I guess that Lambdin's Alan Lewrie would be my favorite, but not by much. Are there any other series from this period that anyone might recommend and what are your personal favorites.

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                        • #27
                          For Hornblower fans I just stumbled across a companion book that Forester wrote shortly before he died. It has maps and a synopsys of all ten novels. The maps are especially helpful.
                          Lance W.

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                          • #28
                            Matty Graves Series

                            I started reading "No Quarter", the first of Broos Campbell's Matty Graves series, and I have to say that for the first 100 pages I am already feeling disappointed when compared to Hornblower, Lewrie, Aubrey, Ramage, Kydd and even Bolitho. I find the style a bit forced and there have already been some historical inaccuracies that I'm having difficulty getting past. It's a pity because it covers a viewpoint (the fledgling American Navy) that none of the others have taken. Has anyone else read them?
                            Last edited by Lance Williams; 26 Apr 13, 14:02.
                            Lance W.

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                            • #29
                              After reading so much fiction about the age of sail I've decided to get some non-fiction books on the topic. I have several books by Howard Chapelle that really cover American ships of the era. Now I've ordered some reasonably priced used books through Amazon. They are "The Line Upon the Wind: The Great War at Sea, 1793-1815" by Noel Mostert and "Frigates, Sloops and Brigs" by James Henderson. I was just wondering if anyone has read either of these books?
                              Lance W.

                              Peace through superior firepower.

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by Lance Williams View Post
                                After reading so much fiction about the age of sail I've decided to get some non-fiction books on the topic. I have several books by Howard Chapelle that really cover American ships of the era. Now I've ordered some reasonably priced used books through Amazon. They are "The Line Upon the Wind: The Great War at Sea, 1793-1815" by Noel Mostert and "Frigates, Sloops and Brigs" by James Henderson. I was just wondering if anyone has read either of these books?
                                I finally got Mostert's book in the mail yesterday. It is comprehensive (700 pages) with excellent maps. This is the best single volume about naval warfare in the age of sail that I have found, and it was a bargain used on Amazon for $4.08.
                                Lance W.

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