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Summary

It was an age of empire, an age of contrast, and an age of dramatic change - and one which would determine the destinies of nations as well as of men.

Captain Philip Blackwood of the Royal Marines rejoins his ship, HMS Audacious, in August of 1850, anxious to get back into action. "Per Mare - Per Terram" is the marines' motto. In the torturous heat of Africa, where they are sent to stamp out the remaining strongholds of slavery, and later, in the bitter war of the Crimea, Philip Blackwood and his men learn to obey it without question.

The first novel in an enthralling and colourful saga, spanning 150 years in the history of a great seafaring family and the tradition in which they served, Badge of Glory is a stunning new departure for one of Britain's master storytellers.

©1982 Douglas Reeman (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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"One of our foremost writers of naval fiction.” (Sunday Times)
"Masterly storytelling." (The Times)

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A stiring adventure of Britain's marines

A rip roaring story of daring do and plucky marines doing what they do best fighting against the local odds to strengthen the British empires borders and protect against pirates brigands and Russians

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up the Royals

as usual brilliant story, narration and historical research, It is a few years since I read this book and to listen to David Rantoul's narration has made it fresh and improved the story 100%

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Loved it very much it opened up a hole new world for me bad eyes

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Excellence from Author and Narrator as always

Another compelling and well rounded entry from Douglas Reeman; also, as always narrated by one of the best there is. David Rintoul always has such a gasp of he novels he narrates and makes each one a joy.

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Good geographical input and a jolly rousing tale more effort/emotion was required at parts of the story but none the less a good yarn
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