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The Colonial Post-Captain: A Carlisle and Holbrooke Naval Adventure: 1 Paperback – 28 September 2017
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- Publisher : Independently published (28 September 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 325 pages
- ISBN-10 : 154982760X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1549827600
- Dimensions : 12.7 x 2.08 x 20.32 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 272,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.