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New York, 1777. As the American Revolution rages on the mainland, the British Navy prepares for action at sea. Against a growing fleet of American and French privateers, the Navy must maintain its blockade of Washington's vital military supplies. Caught up in the turmoil, junior officer Richard Bolitho finds himself having to make momentous decisions in the heat of battle, decisions that will affect the lives of many men, and perhaps the outcome of history.
©1998 Alexander Kent (P)2014 Audible, Inc

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A Series to Binge on?

Given that I read this one about a month or so ago and just downloaded Book 9 I think it's fair to say that I am a fan of this grand old series. I first read them as a teenager and into my early twenties which is more years ago than I care to remember, sometimes these days I feel as old as the characters in these books!

And I think that's the great thing about historical fiction, it tends to age better than most types of books for obvious reasons. I enjoyed this one pretty much as well as I did back then, plenty of action, likeable characters and the open seas!

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Terrible Audio Quality

This ebook's record quality is harsh, very noticeably lisping and deeply unpleasant to listen to. Quite unlike any other I've heard read by Michael Jayston, or by any other Audible reader for that matter.
The book's content is much like other Bolitho works, pleasantly undemanding and a series of cameos much in the Hornblower vein. But without the Hornblower originality - or masterful quality, in my opinion. But head and shoulders above the "Lucky Jack Aubrey" stuff by Patrick O'brien.
But that dreadful rasping audio quality is quite unforgivable, especially from a source with the resources of Amazon.

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Excellent narration by Michael Jayston, delivers the story perfectly. The novel, as usual is hard to put down.

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Never thought I would find better than Jack Audbrey and Kydd but this series outstanding

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Story proceeds smoothly a superlative work of fiction that keeps your interest from start to finish.

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  • Robert Bolin
  • 24-09-18

A rollicking tale of adventure on the high seas.

I love historical military fiction and Richard Bolitho is a great character. He isn't perfect and questions his motives while admiring opposing styles of command for each commander's strengths and learning from both

Michael Jayson is an excellent narrator and does the various British accents well without going over the top. If I have one complaint, it is his American accent but then most British narrators seem to have a problem with over exaggerating "American" speaking especially considering late 18th and early 19th century Americans often had accents from their homelands.

All in all, a very enjoyable week of commuting to and from work.

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  • Special K -AZ
  • 02-12-19

Kent...and Bolitho, are growing on me

Having just now finished the 5th book in this Bolitho series, I find myself growing more accepting of Lt. Bolitho and Kent's imaginative writing of the ways of an 18th Century sailing ship of English Navy. I look forward to his further sea adventures.

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  • Jonathan Fogarty
  • 12-09-17

Great story

Loved it. Michael Jayston is great narrator. The book kept you wanting to not stop.

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  • Donald
  • 05-07-16

Another great swashbuckler

Another enjoyable Richard Bolitho story written by Alexander Kent. I always enjoy these tales of seagoing heroism.

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  • flght505
  • 08-08-15

excellent book.

Alexander kent makes you feel like your in the battle. I recommend to anyone who wants a good read. I've read all off them and listening to them is better yet.

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  • Dennis
  • 15-05-15

A different side of the Ameican Revoltion

Would you listen to In Gallant Company again? Why?

It was interesting and I enjoyed the story line, We all know the outcome but alot of brave men on both sides

What other book might you compare In Gallant Company to and why?

It has a small slice of history of the Royal Navy, not sure which one to compare it to.

What does Michael Jayston bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Mr Jayston is one of my favorite readers and he brings to life the different characters with a very professional style, Enjoy his style and look forward to listening to many more

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Birth of a nation and gallant men who fought and died

Any additional comments?

I will read all of Mr Kents books I enjoy them for the action and personal emotions he builds into his many charactors

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  • Frederick
  • 26-02-17

What a waste of book listening time

This book was to be about the British navy side of the Revolutionary war. however there is no mention of the continental navy. What a waste of my book listing time.