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Man of War

By: T.J. London
Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton, Kathryn Vinclaire, Patrick Zeller, John Hartley, Tara Langella, Jason Clarke, Dryw McArthur, Marnye Young, James Cheatham
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Summary

The man who wants everything gets nothing….

July 1755.

War is brewing between England and France. Impressed into the Royal Navy, Lieutenant Merrick, against all odds, advanced through the ranks to become an officer, but he is not a gentleman. A man with a tainted past from a traitorous family, cast down by King George—a stain no man can remove. Merrick’s thrust into the role of captain, when the HMS Boudica is attacked by pirates off the coast of Nova Scotia. On a captured enemy vessel, he discovers a king’s ransom in treasure and a woman chained in the hold from a passenger ship that mysteriously disappeared at sea.

Beautiful, defiant, and hell-bent on revenge, India makes a deal with Merrick to uncover the pirates’ scheme, promising him everything he desires: fortune, glory, and the chance to bring honor back to the McKesson name. Now, they race against time to uncover a plot that links those in the highest ranks of the British aristocracy, to a failed rebellion that is once again trying to topple the monarchy, and place an old pretender on the throne. But all that glitters is not gold as passions stir and an impossible love blooms, threatening to undermine all Merrick and India have done to protect their king and a country on the brink of war.

Note: This audiobook contains violence, sexual assault, and graphic depictions of war.

©2020 Tracey Lasak-Myall (P)2022 Tracey Lasak-Myall

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Underwhelmed and unconvinced!

I was so looking forward to reading this book but man, was it long and slooooow!

I loved the descriptions of the sea and the time spent on the ship. I felt for Merrick and his mal de mere and became involved with all his men at sea. I liked Merrick but I did get sick of how hard done by his was. Be a man my son!

I didn't like Caroline, although felt sorry for all that had  befallen her.  I just didn't believe that she could suddenly become this pigheaded woman and there is no way that a Captain of a warship would have put up with her antics, even if she was in love with him! This was just too far fetched!  All the nonsense of her dressing up as a man. Sorry. I don't buy it!   To cap it all we had to have a mention of the slave trade and how guilty they felt. Give me a break!

Then the ending was far too neat and actually unfinished. What happened to Carlisle shipping? Stephen? James? How would he have become a duke with Stephen alive?

Finally, so far as narration was concerned, Nicholas Boulton was as excellent as ever but I didn't like Caroline's voice and some of the male characters' voices were bizarre.

So in summary,  I definitely won't be continuing with the series.

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