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The Captain's Nephew

The Alexander Clay Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Jonathan Bunce
Series: The Alexander Clay , Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
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Summary

After a century of war, revolutions, and imperial conquests, 1790s Europe is still embroiled in a battle for control of the sea and colonies. Tall ships navigate familiar and foreign waters, and ambitious young men without rank or status seek their futures in naval commands. 

First Lieutenant Alexander Clay of the frigate Agrius is self-made, clever, and ready for the new age. But the old world, dominated by patronage, retains a tight hold on advancement. Though Clay has proven himself many times over, Captain Percy Follett is determined to promote his own nephew.

Before Clay finds a way to receive due credit for his exploits, he'll first need to survive them. Ill-conceived expeditions ashore, hunts for privateers in treacherous fog, and a desperate chase across the Atlantic are only some of the challenges he faces. He must endeavor to bring his ship and crew through a series of adventures stretching from the bleak coast of Flanders to the warm waters of the Caribbean. Only then might high society recognize his achievements - and allow him to ask for the hand of Lydia Browning, the woman who loves him regardless of his station.

©2018 Penmore Pess (P)2018 Penmore Press

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Good Story, delivery could be better

An enjoyable story in the mould of Hornblower and Aubrey-Maturin, good mix of action and plot. Narrator was not the right choice, dialogue was well delivered but accents were all over the place, would have been better not to attempt them at all and words like ‘Robespierre’ and ‘Lieutenant’ (should always be Lef-tenant) mispronounced throughout.

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Can hardly wait to start book 2 - Good Story

Good Story. Individual characters seemed to genuinely reflect the times (Late 18th Century). Book 1 made me hungry to start Book 2. For those that love the historical seafaring novel, this is a refreshingly new author.

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Very, very poor! Forecastle is pronounce focsle and there are several other examples of mispronunciations of naval words. The rest was poor too.

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  • Jean
  • 28-03-19

Exciting

I love stories about the naval wars of the Napoleonic era. I discovered Philip K. Allan via Goodreads.com. This is my first book by Allan.

This is book one in the Alexander Clay Series. Clay obtained his rank of First Lieutenant in the British Navy by skill. This was the era when promotion was beginning to change from patronage to merit. Promotion by merit was instituted by Napoleon. Clay is attempting to get himself promoted.

The book is well written and researched. Allan obviously knows about the sailing techniques of the period. The characters are interesting. There is lots of action, suspense and some humor tossed in to round out an exciting story. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and am looking forward to more books by Allan.

The book is eight hours and forty-one minutes. Jonathan Bunce does a good job narrating the story. Bunce is a British audiobook narrator. This is my first experience listening to Bunch. I enjoyed listening to his voice, British accent and style of narration. I am looking forward to listening to more books by Bunce.

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  • Ian G. Drake
  • 27-02-19

Great new series

I think I've listened to every possible historical fiction series based on the French revolution and this one is off to a great start with a fresh storyline.

I can't wait to hear more from the author.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-03-19

Philip K Allan Takes Us Below Deck

This book brings us into the series with an introduction to the turn of the 18th Century British Navy. There is an excellent example of a skirmish during the Napoleonic War, and a cultural lesson in not only title, and how it is acquired, but also in romance. The leading character, Alexander Clay proves to be a man more of our age than his own, valuing egalitarian contribution-and-effort over the older century's preference for title and connection. This pulled me into the story but I truly enjoyed the banter below deck that Allan brings to the page; the gentle characterization of hard men who had been dealt hard lives is not an easy thing to portray and Allan's historical knowledge mixes with his cultural knowledge to bring these men to life. I am looking to reading this whole series, and I advise anyone interested in nautical fiction to give this book a serious "read". Then read the next, and the next.

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