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The Colonial Post-Captain (The Carlisle and Holbrooke Naval Adventures): 1 Audio CD – Unabridged, 1 March 2021
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Chris Durbin spent twenty-four years as a warfare officer in the Royal Navy, serving in all classes of ship from aircraft carriers through destroyers and frigates to the smallest minesweepers. He took part in operational campaigns in the Falkland Islands, the Middle East, and the Adriatic. As a personnel exchange officer, he spent two years teaching tactics at a U.S. Navy training center in San Diego. On his retirement from the Royal Navy, Chris joined a large American company and spent eighteen years in the aerospace, defense and security industry, including two years on the design team for the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers. Chris is a graduate of the Britannia Royal Naval College at Dartmouth, the British Army Command and Staff College, the United States Navy War College (where he gained a postgraduate diploma in national security decision-making), and Cambridge University (where he was awarded an MPhil in International Relations).
- ASIN : B08ZBJFHX6
- Publisher : Tantor and Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged edition (1 March 2021)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8200417421
- Dimensions : 13.46 x 19.05 cm
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The disgrace of Admiral Byng is well-known, but here we see the other side of the coin, and the mistakes and bad decisions of the Admiralty and Parliament ultimately descended on Byng as a scapegoat.
Bing's errors were prevarication, prudence and delay; not exactly the chicken-hearted dereliction of duty in the face of the enemy that is usually broadcast.
Seen from a junior Captain's perspective and the daring chances he took, Byng's choices must have seemed debatable at best, and at worst cowardly.
Aside from this is a parallel story with a hint of love interest - not usually my cup of tea, but handled very well, along with some business and political intrigue, where our Captain has to tread very warily.
What Mr Durbin does best here is in his descriptions of events; the lay of the land, disposition of ships, the wind direction - all are finely detailed, so one has a vivid picture of impending events locked in the mind, which makes for thrilling reading as one imagines the possibilities and dangers as the plot unfolds.
His characterisations are excellent too; we see below the surface of the protagonists and feel their inner emotions and aspirations. And the history is impeccably researched, but not 'in your face'.
The follow-on book is just as good. Both highly recommended!
This series gets better and better and all this book was a moderate light read - the series gets even better from book two. I particulary like the historical notes that the author adds to the end of the book which tells you some of the background around the political characters which may only have a passsing mention in the book and what happened in reality.
The characters are well drawn and the pace is excellent. Very enjoyable and I recommend the whole series.