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To Glory We Steer

Narrated by: Michael Jayston
Series: Richard Bolitho, Book 7
Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Summary

January 1782, Portsmouth. His Britannic Majesty's frigate Phalarope is ordered to the assistance of the hard-pressed squadrons in the Caribbean. Aboard is her new commander - Richard Bolitho.

To all appearances the Phalarope is everything a young captain could wish for. But beneath the surface she is a deeply unhappy ship - her wardroom torn by petty greed and ambition, her deckhands driven to near mutiny by senseless ill treatment.

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A Strong Wind in his Sails!

The binge continues for me with another outing with Bolitho as the series goes from strength to strength. Bolitho is given what appears to be a fantastic opportunity, a new frigate of his own to command! But a ship is only as good as the men within it and this one has some particularly interesting characters aboard.

An additional thing that I do like about this series, and I hugely thank Audible for bringing it to life so well, is that Kent builds some great characters but isn't afraid to sacrifice some of them to the purposes of the story to keep it feeling real.

And one thing that is important to note is that although if you do look at the Audible series list it appears there are big gaps in what's available. For example Signal, Close Action! is listed as missing but it you search on the title you can find it. So don't be put off!

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Adventure at sea.

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I bought this because I had exhausted Patrick O'Brien's Aubrey-Maturin series. I loved it, it's a good solid adventure on the high seas. None of the characters seemed as real or three-dimensional as O'Brien's characters, but it's still an excellent, immersive and satisfying maritime tale.

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Excellent reading

Another thrilling book by Alexander Kent. Looking forward to the next one in the series

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-01-13

Steer your way to this one.

Hooray !!
Four more British Navy novels in the tradition of Patrick O'Brian/Jack Aubrey and Horatio Hornblower.They are in time sequence:To Glory We Steer[1782],
The Flag Captain[1797],Success to The Brave[1802] and Colours Aloft[1803]
Google Wik-apedia for a complete list.
My only complaint is that these books were released by Audible in December 2012 and I had to research and find out on my own when they had been released.I must have over 20 of this genre .

Alexander Kent is in what you might think of as in he Big three of British Sea novel authors [with the two aforementioned].Like the other two he tells a good story that culminates in grand finale fashion..
His novels do have more battle action but there are still plenty of ongoing characters and continuations of story threads from book to book.The Aubrey and Hornblower arn't better,All three have there own personalities with the bond of common subject matter.
Michael Jayston is an excellent narrator.With his character accent/dialogue voice characterizations you truly experience the difference between reading a good book and hearing a good story.Personally I like hearing about the daily life activities and experiences
of shipboard life as much as the "Battle narratives'.
While this is a series,I THINK YOU CAN ENJOY ANY BOOK BY ITSELF IN ANY ORDER.[It's something like hearing stories about your parents when they were young].
I don't see how anyone who likes a good story would not enjoy this series.
Try one,anyone in the series will do..To Glory We Steer won't disappoint.

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  • Special K -AZ
  • 09-12-19

Great Story, Great Writing, Great Narration

It's not often these days that I find a book that I can't put down... the story is that exciting in that you can't wait to see what unfolds in the next chapter. So I was up till 2 AM last night before I heard the last word of the epilogue. Onwards to the next tale!

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  • Donald
  • 12-07-16

Another great sea story

Love all of the Bolitho series. Anyone who enjoys the Hornblower stories will surely enjoy these.

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  • flght505
  • 18-06-15

a look back in history

I have read all of the bolitho series by Alexander kent. reading the books was a look back in history. but to hear the books read it makes you feel as if you are on the deck with captain bolthio.