Thomas Kydd 12
'A naval tale of the first order' - 5-star reader review
Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar removed the spectre of invasion and England is now free to seek conquests and colonies in the furthest reaches of the world. Captain Kydd joins an expedition to take Dutch-held Cape Town, a strategic imperative to secure the rich trade-route to India.
But even if the British can defeat the enemy and take possession of the capital, there is still more fighting to be done. Kydd and his men must defend the fragile colony from attacks by the enemy from all sides, while braving the wild beasts and hostile environment of Africa's vast and savage hinterland.
What readers are saying about CONQUEST
'I loved each and every page . . . I strongly recommend Conquest to all readers attracted to naval fiction and indeed historical fiction in general.' - 5 stars
'Excellent as always' - 5 stars
'Another year, another winner' - 5 stars
'Another glorious tale' - 5 stars
'Excellent, but then the whole series is!' - 5 stars
Stockwin's 12th book in his Napoleonic naval warfare series is a great improvement over Victory, his previous entry. Stockwin assembles an exciting and suspenseful historical loaded with action, intrigue, treachery, and the bloody gore of 1805 warfare. Capt. Thomas Kydd returns to sea after the cataclysmic Battle of Trafalgar in command of L'Aurore for a joint army-navy expedition to capture Cape Town, South Africa, from the Dutch and expand the British Empire. But in a puzzling move, the Dutch surrender, leaving the British with a restive and reluctant overseas colony while hidden enemy forces prepare to attack. As the threat grows, Kydd tumbles into bed with a beautiful and dangerous French expatriate royalist. When Kydd's sidekick, Nicholas Renzi, stumbles into a deadly plot, Kydd risks his ship, career, and life committing an offense for which he may well hang. Even his own crew disapproves of his actions and questions his motives. Stockwin, a retired lieutenant commander of the British navy, fills this tale with the colorful history of British imperialism, as well as vivid and lush descriptions of colonial South Africa, professional seamanship, bold leadership, and the friendship of two men who share the perils of life at sea in the Royal Navy.
Having now read all of Julian Stockwins books this latest episode really captured my imagination. Having visited Cape Town and Simons Town whilst serving in the RN I old get into the story. So well written and you real feel for Kydd and Renzi. I am so looking forward to the next book .......