Julian Stockwin - Author

About the Author

Julian Stockwin was sent at the age of fourteen to Indefatigable, a tough sea-training school. He joined the Royal Navy at fifteen before transferring to the Royal Australian Navy, where he served for eight years in the Far East, Antarctic waters and the South Seas. In Vietnam he saw active service in a carrier task force. After leaving the Navy (rated Petty Officer), Julian practised as an educational psychologist. He lived for some time in Hong Kong, where he was commissioned into the Royal Naval Reserve. He was awarded the MBE and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He now lives in Devon with his wife Kathy.

 

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Featured books by Julian Stockwin

Caribbee

Caribbee

Author: Julian Stockwin Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/05/2014

More than a decade ago, Thomas Kydd and Nicholas Renzi were in the Caribbean as sailors before the mast in the old Trajan. Now Kydd, a storied hero of Trafalgar, holds the glory of being post-captain of the 32-gun frigate, L'Aurore. After unremitting war a Caribbean posting seems a welcome respite. But Kydd and Renzi soon find themselves facing a familiar threat as the French imperil Britain's vital sugar trade. When merchantmen begin vanishing from the sea, Kydd and Renzi must embark on a dangerous game of espionage, seamanship and breath-taking action in order to destroy a new and terrible danger to the Empire.

Other books by Julian Stockwin

A Sea of Gold Thomas Kydd 21

A Sea of Gold Thomas Kydd 21

Author: Julian Stockwin Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/11/2018

This will be the twenty-first novel in Julian Stockwin's acclaimed Thomas Kydd series - perfect for fans of Patrick O'Brian, Bernard Cornwell, and swashbuckling adventure during the great Age of Sail. 'Paints a vivid picture of life aboard the mighty ship-of-the-line' - Daily Express 'In Stockwin's hands the sea story will continue to entrance readers across the world' - Guardian

A Sea of Gold Thomas Kydd 21

A Sea of Gold Thomas Kydd 21

Author: Julian Stockwin Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2018

1809. After his heroic actions during the retreat to Corunna, Captain Sir Thomas Kydd is the toast of London society. Here he falls in with the legendary frigate captain, Lord Thomas Cochrane. So begins a relationship, professional and personal, that will be unlike any that Kydd has known: a relationship that will lead him, almost simultaneously, to first glory, then ruin. The French fleet is massing in the Basque Roads in a near impregnatable position. The Admiralty orders Cochrane to command an attack, to the chagrin of more senior officers who object to being overlooked and Cochrane's reputation for daring. Cochrane insists that his new friend, Kydd, is in the forefront of the assault armada, a motley collection of rocket, bomb and fire ships that will set the anchorage ablaze - this despite Kydd's almost pathological fear of fire. The fallout from what follows will see Kydd financially ruined, with only his former shipmates, his oldest friend of all, Nicholas Renzi, and the whisper of hidden Spanish treasure promising the sea of gold that he needs to save himself. 'Paints a vivid picture of life aboard the mighty ship-of-the-line' - Daily Express 'In Stockwin's hands the sea story will continue to entrance readers across the world' - Guardian

The Iberian Flame Thomas Kydd 20

The Iberian Flame Thomas Kydd 20

Author: Julian Stockwin Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/10/2018

'In Stockwin's hands the sea story will continue to entrance readers across the world' - Guardian 1808. With the Peninsula in turmoil, Napoleon Bonaparte signs a treaty to dismember Portugal and put his brother, Joseph, on the throne of Spain. Meanwhile, Nicholas Renzi, the Lord Farndon, undertakes a deadly mission to stir up partisan unrest to disrupt this Napoleonic alliance with Spain. Thrust into the crucible of the uprising, Captain Sir Thomas Kydd is dismayed to come up against an old foe from his past - now his superior and commander - who is determined to break him. Kydd will soon face the greatest decision of his professional career. Bonaparte, incensed by the reverses suffered to his honour, gathers together a crushing force and marches at speed into Spain. After several bloody encounters the greatly outnumbered British expedition have no option other than make a fighting retreat to the coast. Only the Navy can save them. But the flame of insurrection has been lit - and the Peninsular War has begun. More Praise for Julian Stockwin and the Thomas Kydd Series 'Paints a vivid picture of life aboard the mighty ship-of-the-line' Daily Express 'This heady adventure blends fact and fiction in rich, authoritative detail' Nautical Magazine on VICTORY 'Fans of fast-paced adventure will get their fill with this book' Historical Naval Society on THE ADMIRAL'S DAUGHTER

The Iberian Flame Thomas Kydd 20

The Iberian Flame Thomas Kydd 20

Author: Julian Stockwin Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/06/2018

'In Stockwin's hands the sea story will continue to entrance readers across the world' - Guardian 1808. With the Peninsula in turmoil, Napoleon Bonaparte signs a treaty to dismember Portugal and put his brother, Joseph, on the throne of Spain. Meanwhile, Nicholas Renzi, the Lord Farndon, undertakes a deadly mission to stir up partisan unrest to disrupt this Napoleonic alliance with Spain. Thrust into the crucible of the uprising, Captain Sir Thomas Kydd is dismayed to come up against an old foe from his past - now his superior and commander - who is determined to break him. Kydd will soon face the greatest decision of his professional career. Bonaparte, incensed by the reverses suffered to his honour, gathers together a crushing force and marches at speed into Spain. After several bloody encounters the greatly outnumbered British expedition have no option other than make a fighting retreat to the coast. Only the Navy can save them. But the flame of insurrection has been lit - and the Peninsular War has begun. More Praise for Julian Stockwin and the Thomas Kydd Series 'Paints a vivid picture of life aboard the mighty ship-of-the-line' Daily Express 'This heady adventure blends fact and fiction in rich, authoritative detail' Nautical Magazine on VICTORY 'Fans of fast-paced adventure will get their fill with this book' Historical Naval Society on THE ADMIRAL'S DAUGHTER

The Iberian Flame Thomas Kydd 20

The Iberian Flame Thomas Kydd 20

Author: Julian Stockwin Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/06/2018

'In Stockwin's hands the sea story will continue to entrance readers across the world' - Guardian 1808. With the Peninsula in turmoil, Napoleon Bonaparte signs a treaty to dismember Portugal and put his brother, Joseph, on the throne of Spain. Meanwhile, Nicholas Renzi, the Lord Farndon, undertakes a deadly mission to stir up partisan unrest to disrupt this Napoleonic alliance with Spain. Thrust into the crucible of the uprising, Captain Sir Thomas Kydd is dismayed to come up against an old foe from his past - now his superior and commander - who is determined to break him. Kydd will soon face the greatest decision of his professional career. Bonaparte, incensed by the reverses suffered to his honour, gathers together a crushing force and marches at speed into Spain. After several bloody encounters the greatly outnumbered British expedition have no option other than make a fighting retreat to the coast. Only the Navy can save them. But the flame of insurrection has been lit - and the Peninsular War has begun. More Praise for Julian Stockwin and the Thomas Kydd Series 'Paints a vivid picture of life aboard the mighty ship-of-the-line' Daily Express 'This heady adventure blends fact and fiction in rich, authoritative detail' Nautical Magazine on VICTORY 'Fans of fast-paced adventure will get their fill with this book' Historical Naval Society on THE ADMIRAL'S DAUGHTER

The Baltic Prize Thomas Kydd 19

The Baltic Prize Thomas Kydd 19

Author: Julian Stockwin Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/06/2018

1808. Parted from his new bride, Captain Sir Thomas Kydd is called away to join the Northern Expedition to Sweden, now Britain's only ally in the Baltic. Following the sudden declaration of war by Russia and with the consequent threat of the czar's great fleet in St Petersburg, the expedition must defend Britain's dearly-won freedom in those waters. However Kydd finds his popular fame as a frigate captain is a poisoned chalice; in the face of jealousy and envy from his fellow captains, the distrust of the commander-in-chief and the betrayal of friendship by a former brother-in-arms now made his subordinate, can he redeem his reputation? In an entirely hostile sea Tyger ranges from the frozen north to the deadly confines of the Danish Sound - and plays a pivotal role in the situation ensuing after the czar's sudden attack on Finland. This climaxes in the first clash of fleets between Great Britain and Russia in history. To the victor will be the prize of the Baltic! ****************** PRAISE FOR JULIAN STOCKWIN'S THOMAS KYDD SERIES 'Paints a vivid picture of life aboard the mighty ship-of-the-line' Daily Express 'This heady adventure blends fact and fiction in rich, authoritative detail' Nautical Magazine on VICTORY 'Fans of fast-paced adventure will get their fill with this book' Historical Naval Society on THE ADMIRAL'S DAUGHTER

The Baltic Prize Thomas Kydd 19

The Baltic Prize Thomas Kydd 19

Author: Julian Stockwin Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/11/2017

1808. Parted from his new bride, Captain Sir Thomas Kydd is called away to join the Northern Expedition to Sweden, now Britain's only ally in the Baltic. Following the sudden declaration of war by Russia and with the consequent threat of the czar's great fleet in St Petersburg, the expedition must defend Britain's dearly-won freedom in those waters. However Kydd finds his popular fame as a frigate captain is a poisoned chalice; in the face of jealousy and envy from his fellow captains, the distrust of the commander-in-chief and the betrayal of friendship by a former brother-in-arms now made his subordinate, can he redeem his reputation? In an entirely hostile sea Tyger ranges from the frozen north to the deadly confines of the Danish Sound - and plays a pivotal role in the situation ensuing after the czar's sudden attack on Finland. This climaxes in the first clash of fleets between Great Britain and Russia in history. To the victor will be the prize of the Baltic! ****************** PRAISE FOR JULIAN STOCKWIN'S THOMAS KYDD SERIES 'Paints a vivid picture of life aboard the mighty ship-of-the-line' Daily Express 'This heady adventure blends fact and fiction in rich, authoritative detail' Nautical Magazine on VICTORY 'Fans of fast-paced adventure will get their fill with this book' Historical Naval Society on THE ADMIRAL'S DAUGHTER

Persephone Thomas Kydd 18

Persephone Thomas Kydd 18

Author: Julian Stockwin Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/10/2017

'PERSEPHONE is another shining milepost for Captain Thomas Kydd and his creator, Julian Stockwin' - Quarterdeck November 1807. Captain Sir Thomas Kydd must sail to Lisbon to aid the Portuguese Royal Family's evacuation in the face of Napoleon's ruthless advance through Iberia. In the chaos of the threatened city an old passion is reawakened when he meets Persephone Lockwood, a beautiful and determined admiral's daughter from his past. But the Royal Family's destination is Brazil, Perspehone's England, and it seems Kydd's chance has gone again. Only later he discovers Persephone has another suitor - and that, if he wants to win her hand, he must enter the highest echelons of London society. Mixing with aristocracy and royalty brings other responsibilities. The Prince of Wales asks him to take temporary command of the Royal Yacht. Sailing to Yarmouth, Kydd realises they are being stalked by French privateers. The terrible threat of a prince of the blood being captured sees Kydd call on daring seamanship of the highest order. *************** What readers are saying about PERSEPHONE 'Very much recommended, for this is an absolutely astonishing naval story by this author, and that's why I like to say: Sail On, Thomas Kydd !' - 5 stars 'A masterly piece of writing!' - 5 stars 'End one and start another - they're addictive' - 5 stars 'Read it - that's all I'll say' - 5 stars 'Still excellent, still gripping' - 5 stars

Persephone

Persephone

Author: Julian Stockwin Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/10/2017

1807: An old passion is reawakened when Captain Sir Thomas Kydd meets Persephone Lockwood, a beautiful and determined admiral's daughter from his past. To win her hand, he must enter the highest echelons of London society. Mixing with aristocracy and royalty brings other responsibilities. The Prince of Wales asks him to take temporary command of the Royal Yacht. Sailing to Yarmouth, Kydd realises they are being stalked by French privateers. The terrible threat sees Kydd call on daring seamanship of the highest order.

Inferno

Inferno

Author: Julian Stockwin Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/09/2017

1807: Though Britain's Navy remains imperious, a succession of battles has seen Napoleon victorious on mainland Europe. In an attempt to prevent the French from taking control of Denmark's navy, Captain Thomas Kydd's great friend Nicholas Renzi, now Lord Farndon, is sent on a desperate diplomatic mission to persuade the Danes to give up their fleet to Britain. But the Danes will not yield, opting instead for the inferno of battle.

Inferno Thomas Kydd 17

Inferno Thomas Kydd 17

Author: Julian Stockwin Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/05/2017

'In Stockwin's hands the sea story will continue to entrance readers across the world' - Guardian 1807. Captain Sir Thomas Kydd's famous sea action aboard Tyger has snatched his reputation from ignominy. He is the hero of the hour. But though Britain's Navy remains imperious, a succession of battles has seen Napoleon victorious on mainland Europe. In an attempt to prevent the French from taking control of Denmark's navy, Kydd's great friend Nicholas Renzi - now Lord Farndon - is sent on a desperate diplomatic mission to persuade the Danes to give up their fleet to Britain. But the Danes are caught between two implacable forces and will not yield, opting instead for the inferno of battle . . . ******************** What readers are saying about INFERNO 'An absolute must' - 5 stars 'His books are always awesome, and Inferno is no exception' - 5 stars 'As always, a great book' - 5 stars 'Another great read in the series' - 5 stars 'Another cracking read from an authoritative historical novelist' - 5 stars

Persephone Thomas Kydd 18

Persephone Thomas Kydd 18

Author: Julian Stockwin Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/05/2017

Unputdownable naval action from the master of the sea story - Julian Stockwin returns with the next installment of action from Captain Sir Thomas Kydd. November 1807. Captain Sir Thomas Kydd must sail to Lisbon to aid the Portuguese Royal Family's evacuation in the face of Napoleon's ruthless advance through Iberia. In the chaos of the threatened city an old passion is reawakened when he meets Persephone Lockwood, a beautiful and determined admiral's daughter from his past. But the Royal Family's destination is Brazil, Perspehone's England, and it seems Kydd's chance has gone again. Only later he discovers Persephone has another suitor - and that, if he wants to win her hand, he must enter the highest echelons of London society. Mixing with aristocracy and royalty brings other responsibilities. The Prince of Wales asks him to take temporary command of the Royal Yacht. Sailing to Yarmouth, Kydd realises they are being stalked by French privateers. The terrible threat of a prince of the blood being captured sees Kydd call on daring seamanship of the highest order. 'In Stockwin's hands the sea story will continue to entrance readers across the world' (Guardian)

Persephone Thomas Kydd 18

Persephone Thomas Kydd 18

Author: Julian Stockwin Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/05/2017

Unputdownable naval action from the master of the sea story. 'In Stockwin's hands the sea story will continue to entrance readers across the world' (Guardian) November 1807. Captain Sir Thomas Kydd must sail to Lisbon to aid the Portuguese Royal Family's evacuation in the face of Napoleon's ruthless advance through Iberia. In the chaos of the threatened city an old passion is reawakened when he meets Persephone Lockwood, a beautiful and determined admiral's daughter from his past. But the Royal Family's destination is Brazil, Perspehone's England, and it seems Kydd's chance has gone again. Only later he discovers Persephone has another suitor - and that, if he wants to win her hand, he must enter the highest echelons of London society. Mixing with aristocracy and royalty brings other responsibilities. The Prince of Wales asks him to take temporary command of the Royal Yacht. Sailing to Yarmouth, Kydd realises they are being stalked by French privateers. The terrible threat of a prince of the blood being captured sees Kydd call on daring seamanship of the highest order.

The Powder of Death

The Powder of Death

Author: Julian Stockwin Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/04/2017

1261. Oxford, England. An envoy returns from the land of the Tartars to meet with an English scholar and share a deadly secret. The two men vow that the knowledge of gunpowder must die with them as the consequences are otherwise too fatal to contemplate. 1290. Hurnwych Green, England. After his quiet life is shattered by tragedy, blacksmith Jared begins a pilgrimage to the Promised Land. Along the way he is invited to join the Knights Hospitallers as their blacksmith on a holy crusade for King Edward. The adventure that follows sees Jared encounter men from distant Cathay who harbour the secret of huo yao, and so begins one man's obsession with the powder of death and a king's determination to change the very nature of warfare ...

Inferno Thomas Kydd 17

Inferno Thomas Kydd 17

Author: Julian Stockwin Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/10/2016

Unputdownable naval action from the master of the sea story - 'In Stockwin's hands the sea story will continue to entrance readers across the world' Guardian 1807. Captain Sir Thomas Kydd's famous sea action aboard Tyger has snatched his reputation from ignominy. He is the hero of the hour. But though Britain's Navy remains imperious, a succession of battles has seen Napoleon victorious on mainland Europe. In an attempt to prevent the French from taking control of Denmark's navy, Kydd's great friend Nicholas Renzi - now Lord Farndon - is sent on a desperate diplomatic mission to persuade the Danes to give up their fleet to Britain. But the Danes are caught between two implacable forces and will not yield, opting instead for the inferno of battle . . .

Inferno Thomas Kydd 17

Inferno Thomas Kydd 17

Author: Julian Stockwin Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/10/2016

Unputdownable naval action from the master of the sea story - 'In Stockwin's hands the sea story will continue to entrance readers across the world' Guardian 1807. Captain Sir Thomas Kydd's famous sea action aboard Tyger has snatched his reputation from ignominy. He is the hero of the hour. But though Britain's Navy remains imperious, a succession of battles has seen Napoleon victorious on mainland Europe. In an attempt to prevent the French from taking control of Denmark's navy, Kydd's great friend Nicholas Renzi - now Lord Farndon - is sent on a desperate diplomatic mission to persuade the Danes to give up their fleet to Britain. But the Danes are caught between two implacable forces and will not yield, opting instead for the inferno of battle . . .

The Powder of Death

The Powder of Death

Author: Julian Stockwin Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 18/08/2016

The Powder of Death opens with a returned envoy to China meeting an English scholar in Oxford, in the mid-13th century; their purpose is to share a deadly secret. They vow that the knowledge of gunpowder must die with them. The novel tells the story of its re-discovery, one man's obsession with the powder of death, and Edward III's determination to use it to his advantage. The nature of warfare is changed forever, and the world hears the death-knell of Knightly chivalry.

The Powder of Death

The Powder of Death

Author: Julian Stockwin Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/08/2016

The Powder of Death opens with a returned envoy to China meeting an English scholar in Oxford in the mid-13th century to share a deadly secret. They vow that the knowledge of gunpowder must die with them as the consequences otherwise are too terrible to contemplate. The novel tells the story of its re-discovery, one man's obsession with the powder of death, and Edward III's determination to use it to his advantage. He does so at the Battle of Crecy, the first full-scale battle at which guns are deployed in the field. The nature of warfare is changed forever, and the world hears the death-knell of Knightly chivalry.

Kydd Collection 5

Kydd Collection 5

Author: Julian Stockwin Format: eBook Release Date: 12/05/2016

A bundle of three Thomas Kydd novels - the story of one man's journey from pressed man to Admiral during the Great Age of Fighting Sail.Betrayal: Thomas Kydd 13Cape Colony is proving a tiresome assignment for Captain Kydd's daring commander-in-chief Commodore Popham. Rumours that South America's Spanish colonies are in a ferment of popular unrest and of a treasure hoard of silver spur him to assemble a makeshift invasion fleet and launch a bold attack on the capital of the Viceroyalty of the River Plate, Buenos Aires.Caribbee: Thomas Kydd 14More than a decade ago, Thomas Kydd and Nicholas Renzi were in the Caribbean as sailors before the mast in the old Trajan. Now Kydd, a storied hero of Trafalgar, holds the glory of being post-captain of the 32-gun frigate, L'Aurore. After unremitting war a Caribbean posting seems a welcome respite. But Kydd and Renzi soon find themselves facing a familiar threat as the French imperil Britain's vital sugar trade.Pasha: Thomas Kydd 15 An Admiralty summons to England cuts short Thomas Kydd's service in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. Following Nelson's death two years earlier, England is in desperate need of heroes and Kydd's Caribbean exploits are the talk of London. Feted by the king and a grateful country, Kydd is soon on detachment in a new and dangerous sphere of interest: the Dardanelles, long coveted by the French. And when they successfully whip up such strong anti-English sentiment that the British ambassador to Constantinople has to flee to L'Aurore, a deadly stand-off ensues.'Paints a vivid picture of life aboard the mighty ship-of-the-line' - Daily Express'In Stockwin's hands the sea story will continue to entrance readers across the world' - Guardian

Tyger Thomas Kydd 16

Tyger Thomas Kydd 16

Author: Julian Stockwin Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/05/2016

'In Stockwin's hands the sea story will continue to entrance readers across the world' - Guardian Captain Sir Thomas Kydd's part in Britain's doomed occupation of Buenos Aires has put him on the wrong side of some powerful men at the Admiralty. He is given a poisoned commission that some hope will destroy his career: a recently mutinied ship. But enemies aboard and on the high seas are just the start of the problem. Soon he will have to take his untested and untrustworthy crew into the Baltic where they will get entangled with Napoleon's invasion of Prussia. With the stakes desperate, the task seemingly impossible and the French implacable, Kydd could return home once more a hero - or find himself facing a court martial. ************** What readers are saying about TYGER 'A delightful seafaring story' - 5 stars 'TYGER is ablaze with brilliant, inventive and authentic storytelling . . . Stockwin's best' - 5 stars 'My favourite of the series' - 5 stars 'Julian Stockwin - long may you continue writing!' - 5 stars 'Another top-notch story' - 5 stars

Pasha Thomas Kydd 15

Pasha Thomas Kydd 15

Author: Julian Stockwin Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/05/2015

'Paints a vivid picture of life aboard the mighty ship-of-the-line' - Daily Express An Admiralty summons to England cuts short Thomas Kydd's service in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. While the crew of L'Aurore can look forward to liberty and prize money, a shadow hangs over their captain: the impending court martial of his one-time commander, Commodore Popham, who led a doomed attack on South America. Following Nelson's death two years earlier, England is in desperate need of heroes and Kydd's Caribbean exploits are the talk of London. Feted by the king and a grateful country, Kydd is soon on detachment in a new and dangerous sphere of interest: the Dardanelles, connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Black Sea and providing a route to India. The French have long coveted this route, knowing that it could be the key to toppling the British Empire in India. When they successfully whip up such strong anti-English sentiment that the British ambassador to Constantinople has to flee to L'Aurore, a deadly stand-off ensues. Meanwhile Kydd's closest friend, Nicholas Renzi, has assumed a new role that he can never make public. Sent under alias on a mission to Constantinople, Renzi must engineer a coup that will turn the tables on the French. But when he's taken prisoner, only Kydd's superb seamanship and sheer bravado can save the day. ***************** What readers are saying about PASHA 'The best Kydd yet' - 5 stars 'This is Stockwin's best' - 5 stars 'A seafaring tale at its very best' - 5 stars 'A wonderful yarn!' - 5 stars 'Another brilliant book in the Thomas Kydd series' - 5 stars

The Silk Tree

The Silk Tree

Author: Julian Stockwin Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2014

Forced to flee Rome from the barbaric rampages of the Ostrogoths, merchant Nicander meets an unlikely ally in the form of Marius, a fierce Roman legionary. Escaping to a new life in Constantinople, the two land upon its shores lonely and penniless. Needing to make money fast, they plot and plan a number of outrageous money-making schemes, until they chance upon their greatest idea yet.Armed with a wicked plan to steal precious silk seeds from the faraway land of Seres, Nicander and Marius must embark upon a terrifyingly treacherous journey across unknown lands, never before completed. But first they must deceive the powerful emperor Justinian and the rest of his formidable Byzantine Empire in order to begin their journey into the unknown...An adventurous tale of mischief, humour and deception, Nicander and Marius face danger of the highest order, where nothing in the land of the Roman Empire is quite what it seems.

Caribbee

Caribbee

Author: Julian Stockwin Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/05/2014

More than a decade ago, Thomas Kydd and Nicholas Renzi were in the Caribbean as sailors before the mast in the old Trajan. Now Kydd, a storied hero of Trafalgar, holds the glory of being post-captain of the 32-gun frigate, L'Aurore. After unremitting war a Caribbean posting seems a welcome respite. But Kydd and Renzi soon find themselves facing a familiar threat as the French imperil Britain's vital sugar trade. When merchantmen begin vanishing from the sea, Kydd and Renzi must embark on a dangerous game of espionage, seamanship and breath-taking action in order to destroy a new and terrible danger to the Empire.

Kydd Collection 4

Kydd Collection 4

Author: Julian Stockwin Format: eBook Release Date: 24/04/2014

The Thomas Kydd novels are the story of one man's journey from pressed man to Admiral during the Great Age of Fighting Sail.Invasion: Napoleon's forces are poised to invade Britain, and Commander Thomas Kydd's ship is at the forefront of the fleet defending the English coast. But Kydd is abruptly withdrawn from the fleet and sent back to Dover on a secret mission to guard a mysterious American inventor.Victory: Commander Thomas Kydd is eager to play his part in thwarting Bonaparte's plans for the invasion of England. Joining Admiral Nelson's command, Kydd and his ship soon find themselves at the heart of the action that leads up to the famous clash of the mighty British and French fleets at Trafalgar.Conquest: Captain Thomas Kydd joins an expedition to take Dutch-held Cape Town, a strategic harbor that will give England a rich trade route to India. With enemies lurking on all sides, Kydd and his men must defend the fragile colony while braving Africa's vast and hostile hinterland.'Paints a vivid picture of life aboard the mighty ship-of-the-line' - Daily Express'In Stockwin's hands the sea story will continue to entrance readers across the world' - Guardian

Kydd Collection 3

Kydd Collection 3

Author: Julian Stockwin Format: eBook Release Date: 17/04/2014

The Thomas Kydd novels are the story of one man's journey from pressed man to Admiral during the Great Age of Fighting Sail.Command: Thrilled at his first command, a little brig sloop called Teazer, Thomas Kydd must race to bring his ship to battle readiness - he is desperately needed to defend Malta against Barbary corsairs, ferocious privateers and the French.The Admiral's Daughter: Tensions are escalating again between England and France. Meanwhile the beautiful and determined admiral's daughter could be the key to realising all Kydd's hopes and ambitions.Treachery: Rescued from despair by his close friend, Renzi, Kydd finds life increasingly difficult when he is framed and dismissed from his ship. Kydd accepts the captaincy of a privateer, but will risk all for revenge and restoration.'Paints a vivid picture of life aboard the mighty ship-of-the-line' - Daily Express'In Stockwin's hands the sea story will continue to entrance readers across the world' - Guardian

Kydd Collection 2

Kydd Collection 2

Author: Julian Stockwin Format: eBook Release Date: 10/04/2014

The Thomas Kydd novels are the story of one man's journey from pressed man to Admiral during the Great Age of Fighting Sail.Mutiny: Caught up in the Mutiny on the Nore, Kydd is faced with a terrible choice. Abandon his friends and shipmates? Or join the rebellion and put his career - and even his life - on the line?Quarterdeck: Kydd must pass a tough examination for his lieutenancy, and when Tenacious reaches the colonies, Kydd is caught up in the intrigue surrounding the birth of the American Navy.Tenacious: Thomas Kydd is aboard Tenacious, part of a small squadron commanded by Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson. Its mission is to scour the Mediterranean and locate Napoleon and his army.'Paints a vivid picture of life aboard the mighty ship-of-the-line' - Daily Express'In Stockwin's hands the sea story will continue to entrance readers across the world' - Guardian

Kydd Collection 1

Kydd Collection 1

Author: Julian Stockwin Format: eBook Release Date: 03/04/2014

The Thomas Kydd novels are the story of one man's journey from pressed man to Admiral during the Great Age of Fighting Sail.Kydd: Thomas Paine Kydd, a young wig-maker from Guildford, is seized by the press gang, to be a part of the crew of the 98-gun line-of-battle ship Royal William. The ship sails immediately and Kydd has to learn the harsh realities of shipboard life fast.Artemis: Now a true Jack Tar, Kydd sails into Portsmouth Harbour and a hero's welcome after a ferocious battle against the French. However his jubilation is cut short when a family matter threatens to take him from the life he has grown to love.Seaflower: It is two years since Thomas Kydd was spirited away in the night to serve his country aboard the old line-of-battle ship Duke William. Now, he and and the other members of the ill-fated Artemis are shipwrecked sailors, back in London waiting to be summoned as court martial witnesses.'Paints a vivid picture of life aboard the mighty ship-of-the-line' - Daily Express'In Stockwin's hands the sea story will continue to entrance readers across the world' - Guardian

Stockwin's Maritime Miscellany A Ditty Bag of Wonders from the Golden Age of Sail

Stockwin's Maritime Miscellany A Ditty Bag of Wonders from the Golden Age of Sail

Author: Julian Stockwin Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/12/2013

Lt Cdr Julian Stockwin shares his love and knowledge of the sea in this entertaining collection of maritime stories and little-known trivia. Featuring nautical facts and feats, including superstitions at sea, the history of animals on the waves - until 1975 when all animals were banned from Royal Navy ships - and how the inventor of the umbrella helped man the British Navy, it is packed with informative tales. Focusing on the glory days of tall ships he explores marine myths and unearths the truth behind commonly held beliefs about the sea, such as whether Lord Nelson's body was really pickled in rum to transport it back to England after his death at Trafalgar. Interspersed throughout are salty sayings showing the modern words and phrases that originate from the mariners of old - 'cut of his jib', 'high and dry', 'the coast is clear', 'first rate' and 'slush fund'. Accompanied by nostalgic black and white line drawings Stockwin's Maritime Miscellany is a charming giftbook guaranteed to appeal to the sailing enthusiast, but also amuse and inform even the staunchest landlubber.

Betrayal Thomas Kydd 13

Betrayal Thomas Kydd 13

Author: Julian Stockwin Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/07/2013

'Paints a vivid picture of life aboard the mighty ship-of-the-line' - Daily Express Cape Colony is proving a tiresome assignment for Captain Kydd's daring commander-in-chief Commodore Popham. Rumours that South America's Spanish colonies are in a ferment of popular unrest and of a treasure hoard of silver spur him to assemble a makeshift invasion fleet and launch a bold attack on the capital of the Viceroyalty of the River Plate, Buenos Aires. Navigating the treacherous bars and mud flats of the river, the British invasion force lands and wins a battle against improbable odds, taking the capital and the silver. But nothing is as simple as it seems in this region of the world: the uprising that will see the end of Spanish rule never arrives and the locals begin to see dark conspiracies behind the invader's actions. Soon the tiny British force finds itself surrounded by an ever more hostile population. The city begins to revolt against its liberators. Now Kydd's men must face fierce resistance and the betrayal of their closest allies. Can they save themselves, and their prize? **************** What readers are saying about BETRAYAL 'Another page-turner from a sailor who knows his craft' - 5 stars 'An outstanding addition to an excellent series' - 5 stars 'A great read and I would highly recommend it!' - 5 stars 'A really good naval series written with good taste and fine detail' - 5 stars 'A triumph' - 5 stars

Conquest Thomas Kydd 12

Conquest Thomas Kydd 12

Author: Julian Stockwin Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/05/2012

'A naval tale of the first order' - 5-star reader review Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar removed the spectre of invasion and England is now free to seek conquests and colonies in the furthest reaches of the world. Captain Kydd joins an expedition to take Dutch-held Cape Town, a strategic imperative to secure the rich trade-route to India. But even if the British can defeat the enemy and take possession of the capital, there is still more fighting to be done. Kydd and his men must defend the fragile colony from attacks by the enemy from all sides, while braving the wild beasts and hostile environment of Africa's vast and savage hinterland. **************** What readers are saying about CONQUEST 'I loved each and every page . . . I strongly recommend Conquest to all readers attracted to naval fiction and indeed historical fiction in general.' - 5 stars 'Excellent as always' - 5 stars 'Another year, another winner' - 5 stars 'Another glorious tale' - 5 stars 'Excellent, but then the whole series is!' - 5 stars

Victory Thomas Kydd 11

Victory Thomas Kydd 11

Author: Julian Stockwin Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/06/2011

'Paints a vivid picture of life aboard the mighty ship-of-the-line' - Daily Express Commander Thomas Kydd is eager to play his part in thwarting Bonaparte's plans for the invasion of England. Joining Admiral Nelson's command, Kydd and his ship soon find themselves at the heart of the action that leads up to the greatest sea battle in history: Trafalgar. Kydd's journey takes him from false sightings of the enemy and dramatic chases across the Atlantic, to the bloody annihilation of the enemy during the actual battle, and the heroic aftermath. ****************** What readers are saying about VICTORY 'More of the same, please!' - 5 stars 'The best Stockwin yet!' - 5 stars 'A great read . . . I salute a terrific story teller of that bygone age!' - 5 stars 'A masterly retelling of a real hero's tragic demise and a thoroughly enjoyable novel' - 5 stars 'A marvelous book' - 5 stars

Victory Thomas Kydd 11

Victory Thomas Kydd 11

Author: Julian Stockwin Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/06/2011

Commander Thomas Kydd is eager to play his part in thwarting Bonaparte's plans for the invasion of England. Joining Admiral Nelson's command, Kydd and his ship soon find themselves at the heart of the action that leads up to the famous clash of the mighty British and French fleets at Trafalgar. Kydd's journey takes him from false sightings of the enemy and dramatic chases across the Atlantic, to the bloody annihilation of the enemy during the actual battle, and the heroic aftermath. This is Kydd's most important adventure so far, and the most thrilling - the description of Trafalgar itself reads as freshly as though it happened yesterday, and Stockwin's trademark rich historical detail and heart-pounding action combine to bring the life the greatest sea battle in history.

Victory Thomas Kydd 11

Victory Thomas Kydd 11

Author: Julian Stockwin Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/06/2010

Commander Thomas Kydd is eager to play his part in thwarting Bonaparte's plans for the invasion of England. He and his ship join Admiral Nelson's command just before the greatest sea encounter of all time: the Battle of Trafalgar. We also see the action from on board Victory herself, through the eyes of Midshipman Bowden. This heart-lurching adventure blends fact and fiction in rich and authoritative detail, closely following historical record and taking us into the heart of the world-defining events of 1805 - the lead-up to Trafalgar with dramatic chases across the Atlantic, false sightings of the enemy, and convoluted political machinations, including an impeachment of the head of the Navy, the bloody annihilation of the enemy during the actual battle, and the heroic aftermath.

Invasion Thomas Kydd 10

Invasion Thomas Kydd 10

Author: Julian Stockwin Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/05/2010

'Paints a vivid picture of life aboard the mighty ship-of-the-line' - Daily Express Napoleon's forces are poised to invade Britain, and Commander Thomas Kydd's ship is at the forefront of the fleet defending the English coast. His honour restored after temporary disgrace in the Channel Islands, and reunited with his ship Teazer, Kydd seizes the chance to fight for his country. Then Kydd is abruptly withdrawn from the fleet and sent back to Dover on a secret mission to guard a mysterious American inventor. Having worked his way up from press-ganged seaman to captain of his own ship, Kydd is furious to find he will miss his opportunity to prove himself in battle. And Kydd's baffled superiors are equally angry to lose Kydd and his ship at such a dangerous time. Yet Kydd's role in the approaching war may be the most crucial part he has ever played. ********************* What readers are saying about INVASION 'Excellent in all respects' - 5 stars 'Very compelling reading!' - 5 stars 'I read ALL of the books by Julian Stockwin, he is an amazing author' - 5 stars 'Yet another top-notch tale from the grand master of the age of fighting sail' - 5 stars 'Julian Stockwin knows his craft . . . I lose myself in his books' - 5 stars

Treachery Thomas Kydd 9

Treachery Thomas Kydd 9

Author: Julian Stockwin Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/05/2009

'In Stockwin's hands the sea story will continue to entrance readers across the world' - Guardian Thomas Kydd has dragged himself up in the navy from press-ganged seaman to captain of his own ship. Now he faces disgrace. After losing favour with his superiors, and suffering terrible personal tragedy, Kydd and his ship are sent to guard the Channel Islands from Napoleon's forces. When he is brutally betrayed off the Normandy Coast and removed from command, only his old friend Renzi is willing to stick by him. Kydd is determined to clear his name, but soon finds himself fighting yet another battle he seems to have no chance of winning. Can he defeat his enemies on both sides, and win back the glory taken from him? ************* What readers are saying about TREACHERY 'Another enthralling story of our hero' - 5 stars 'I'm a fan for life' - 5 stars 'Stockwin does it once again! A spell is cast over the reader to haul them into the world of Thomas Kydd' - 5 stars 'Excellent in all respects' - 5 stars 'A thrilling read, as usual' - 5 stars

The Admiral's Daughter Thomas Kydd 8

The Admiral's Daughter Thomas Kydd 8

Author: Julian Stockwin Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/05/2008

'In Stockwin's hands the sea story will continue to entrance readers across the world' - Guardian 1803. Tensions are escalating again between England and France. While the Royal Navy launches reconnaissance, rescue missions and spies on the continent, French privateer ships are lurking in English waters poised to strike at British trade. Smugglers, perilous storms and a treacherous coastline all threaten to overcome HMS Teazer as her men fight to gain control of the seas around Cornwall and Devon. Meanwhile an unlikely rival is seeking her captain's heart. The beautiful and determined admiral's daughter could be the key to realising all Kydd's hopes and ambitions. But high society, he finds, can be as treacherous as his first mistress - the sea. ******************* What readers are saying about THE ADMIRAL'S DAUGHTER 'Stockwin's best yet' - 5 stars 'Another great Julian Stockwin novel' - 5 stars 'Great read, a brilliant series' - 5 stars 'A very good book of adventures at sea' - 5 stars 'The entire series is utterly brilliant' - 5 stars

Command Thomas Kydd 7

Command Thomas Kydd 7

Author: Julian Stockwin Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/04/2007

'Paints a vivid picture of life aboard the mighty ship-of-the-line' - Daily Express Thrilled at his first command, a little brig sloop called Teazer, Thomas Kydd must race to bring his ship to battle readiness - he is desperately needed to defend Malta against Barbary corsairs, ferocious privateers and the French who are frantically trying to rescue the remnants of their army in the Levant. But his jubilation does not last long - peace is suddenly declared and Kydd is left ashore on half pay. A rare chance gives him the opportunity to once again go to sea. He sets sail as captain of a convict transport for the penal colony in New South Wales - and challenges that will test both his seamanship and humanity to the limit. ****************** What readers are saying about COMMAND 'Well done Julian for what is becoming a real tour de force' - 5 stars 'Julian Stockwin has a superb way of writing bringing the way of life aboard ship to the reader' - 5 stars 'Another really excellent sea yarn from Julian Stockwin' - 5 stars 'Excellent in all respects' - 5 stars 'Another great book written by the master of suspense' - 5 stars

Tenacious Thomas Kydd 6

Tenacious Thomas Kydd 6

Author: Julian Stockwin Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/04/2006

'Paints a vivid picture of life aboard the mighty ship-of-the-line' - Daily Express Thomas Paine Kydd is in Halifax enjoying the recognition and favour of his fellow officers when Tenacious is summoned to join Horatio Nelson's taskforce on an urgent reconnaissance mission. Intelligence suggests the French Revolution is about to set the Mediterranean ablaze, but Bonaparte's fleet is nowhere to be found. Nelson and his 'Band of Brothers' begin a desperate search for him. Kydd's newfound ambition fuels his desire to be at the forefront of the hunt. But with power comes responsibility; with responsibility, accountability. Kydd will face his greatest challenge ever amidst bloodstained seas. And defeat will mean humiliation - or death. ******************* What readers are saying about TENACIOUS 'Stockwin's best effort yet' - 5 stars 'Another fabulous story . . . Brilliantly written and totally engrossing' - 5 stars 'A really good read, up to now the best in the series' - 5 stars 'A very good insight into naval history . . . The best Kydd so far' - 5 stars 'This book is great' - 5 stars

Quarterdeck Thomas Kydd 5

Quarterdeck Thomas Kydd 5

Author: Julian Stockwin Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/03/2005

'In Stockwin's hands the sea story will continue to entrance readers across the world' - Guardian Thomas Kydd was promoted to acting lieutenant at the bloody Battle of Camperdown in October 1797. Now, he must sit an examination to confirm his rank - or face an inglorious return before the mast. But this is only the first of many obstacles for a man who was pressed into the King's Service and discovered a calling for the sea. Kydd is from humble origins, yet he attains the lofty heights of the quarterdeck as an officer in His Majesty's Navy. If he is to avoid spending the rest of his career as a tarpaulin officer, he must also become a gentleman. Kydd and his enigmatic friend Nicholas Renzi set sail in HMS Tenacious for the North American station. Aboard the old 64-gun ship, Kydd comes to doubt he will ever match up to the high-born gentlemen officers. ******************** What readers are saying about QUARTERDECK 'Superb writing, superb characterisation' - 5 stars 'Excellent reading' - 5 stars 'Without question the best series I have read in years' - 5 stars 'This book is of the highest standard' - 5 stars 'A splendid story' - 5 stars

Mutiny Thomas Kydd 4

Mutiny Thomas Kydd 4

Author: Julian Stockwin Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/10/2004

'In Stockwin's hands the sea story will continue to entrance readers across the world' - Guardian It is 1797 and Thomas Kydd is now master's mate on Achilles, a 64-gun ship-of-the-line, on his way back from the Caribbean. After a dangerous rescue mission to Venice Kydd sails for England, but his joy at returning home after many years' absence is soon forgotten when he finds himself at the centre of one of the most extraordinary events in English history - the Mutiny at the Nore. Ten thousand men, one thousand guns and scores of ships hold the country to ransom: the government is near collapse; the economy on the brink of ruin. And Kydd is faced with a terrible choice. Abandon his friends and shipmates? Or join the rebellion and put his career - and even his life - on the line? ****************** What readers are saying about MUTINY 'Another rip-roaring, compelling story' - 5 stars 'I love this series' - 5 stars 'Even better than the other sailing ship era books' - 5 stars 'On the edge of your seat right to the end' - 5 stars 'Excellent, thank you' - 5 stars

Kydd Thomas Kydd 1

Kydd Thomas Kydd 1

Author: Julian Stockwin Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/10/2004

'In Stockwin's hands the sea story will continue to entrance readers across the world' - Guardian Thomas Paine Kydd, a young wig-maker from Guildford, is seized by the press gang to be a part of the crew of the 98-gun line-of-battle ship Royal William. The ship sails immediately and Kydd has to learn the harsh realities of shipboard life fast. Despite all the danger of tempest and battle he goes through, he comes to admire the skills and courage of the seamen - taking up the challenge himself to become a true sailor. Based on dramatic real events, it is classic storytelling at its very best, rich with action with exceptional characters and a page-turning narrative. ********************* What readers are saying about KYDD 'A cracking good read' - 5 stars 'A first-class job' - 5 stars 'A terrific book' - 5 stars 'Excellent and very accurate' - 5 stars 'I could not put it down' - 5 stars

Artemis Thomas Kydd 2

Artemis Thomas Kydd 2

Author: Julian Stockwin Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/10/2004

'In Stockwin's hands the sea story will continue to entrance readers across the world' - Guardian In the great age of fighting sail, life ranging the seas for prey and prize money in the crack frigate HMS Artemis is fast and exciting. Now a true Jack Tar, Kydd sails into Portsmouth Harbour and a hero's welcome after a ferocious battle against the French. However his jubilation is cut short when a family matter threatens to take him from the life he has grown to love; he must return to Guildford. But the sea beckons irresistibly and Kydd manages to ship out again in his beloved Artemis - a voyage that will take him to the fabled East and present him with fierce challenges, both personal and physical. Finally homeward bound, he faces death itself in the cruel waters of the Great Southern Ocean. ******************** What readers are saying about ARTEMIS 'Fast and furious' - 5 stars 'Superb' - 5 stars 'I simply could not put it down' - 5 stars 'Never fails to entertain!' - 5 stars 'A great read for all who love the world of wooden ships when the Royal Navy ruled the seven seas' - 5 stars

Seaflower Thomas Kydd 3

Seaflower Thomas Kydd 3

Author: Julian Stockwin Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/10/2004

'In Stockwin's hands the sea story will continue to entrance readers across the world' - Guardian It is two years since Thomas Kydd was spirited away in the night to serve his country aboard the old line-of-battle ship Duke William. Now, he and and the other members of the ill-fated Artemis are shipwrecked sailors, back in London waiting to be summoned as court martial witnesses. Then, in a political act to shield an officer's reputation, they are shipped out in haste to the Caribbean - where sugar is king and yellow jack a fearsome peril. ***************** What readers are saying about SEAFLOWER 'A great read for lovers of a seafaring yarn' - 5 stars 'Stockwin's seafaring books are so great to read. They leave you wanting more!' - 5 stars 'I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it' - 5 stars 'I'm absolutely hooked now . . .' - 5 stars 'An excellent read, full of action and adventure' - 5 stars

Kydd

Kydd

Author: Julian Stockwin Format: eBook Release Date: 30/08/2001

It is 1793. Europe is ablaze with war. The British prime minister is under pressure to intimidate the French, and dispatches a Navy squadron to appear off the French coast. To man the ships, ordinary citizens must be press-ganged. Thomas Paine Kydd, a young wig-maker from Guildford, is seized and taken across country to be part of the crew of the ninety-eight-gun line-of-battle ship Duke William. The ship sails immediately and Kydd has to learn the harsh realities of shipboard life fast. Despite all he goes through, amid the dangers of tempest and battle, he comes to admire the skills and courage of his fellow seamen, taking up the challenge himself to become a true sailor and defender of Britain at war. Kydd launches a masterly new writing talent and a thrilling new series. Based on dramatic real events, it is classic storytelling at its best, rich with action, exceptional characters, and a page-turning narrative.

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