They think nothing of laying down their lives in what they think of as a suicide mission, their only regret that their heroic leader will have to die so young. A good rule of thumb is that series have a conventional name and are intentional creations, on the part of the author or publisher. You know, on some level, it's not as good and wholesome as the full meals that O'Brian or Forester provide, but it is still delicious! They boarded this boat in 1968. Lord Ramage single-handedly overcomes the fleet mutiny at Spithead, sees through a slaver's ruse to take a rich prize, exposes a spy, and winkles out a secretive privateer terrorizing the Caribbean. Believing he is to be reprimanded, Ramage appears before Admiral Spencer, only to be given command of a small brig — ten guns the Triton. Despite his father's disgrace, Ramage retained significant patrons within the navy enabling him to be promoted to lieutenant at age 20, the earliest age possible. I apologize to Dudley Pope.
Vincent on Valentines day in 1797 A nice follow up to book 1 - picks up right where the last book left off without a gap. Pope's knowledge and description of late 18th century sailing ships and tactics is extraordinary, and clearly explained. The resulting battle of Cape St. The reference to the working of the ship and the naval battles are particularly clear and evocative. Pope stayed fairly close to history for this battle. By default, it sorts by the number, or alphabetically if there is no number.
I had to buy a Patrick O'Brian dictionary from Amazon to help me with the terminology. In France you have a taste of them in the device or impresa of my Lord Admiral, which was carried before that time by Octavian Augustus. Holland, France, and England conspire to enter into a battle against Spain so as to overthrow its claim. He concealed his age and joined the merchant marines at the age of just 16. I think that the comparison to the Hornblower books is apt. Vincent on February 14, 1797, during which Commodore Horatio Nelson, seeing the opportunity to attack ships of the Spanish fleet, acted independently and against orders by cutting the Spanish line and capturing two of the Spanish ships of the line. Ramage is then sent to look for Sir Jon Jervis, by the commissioner of the port, and caution him of the impending battle.
For information after this period, see the respective summaries of the books. About half of the nobles are not willing to take the risk of escaping in a small boat. Take the depiction of the Battle of Cape St. They escape and take the information to Sir Jervis of the Spanish fleet passing near Cape St. The book is well written and meticulously researched. During his sea service in 1942, his ship was hit by a torpedo. After he was invalided out of the Merchant Navy, the only obvious sign of the injuries Pope had suffered was a joint missing from one finger due to gangrene.
License was so universal that no one was surprised to see a great lord kill his enemy in open day. His ship was torpedoed the next year 1942. Lord Ramage is an interesting and likable character. This book was published in 1987 by the Arrow publication. Aside from a request for slightly higher pay —they were paid much less than sailors in the merchant service— they asked for leave when in port always denied for rear of desertion and that a pound be considered 16 ounces. Ramage was born and raised in 1775 at Blazey Hall in Cornwall.
I did not say it from my heart,. They returned to England for his father's court martial in 1782 and because of the notoriety surrounding his father's court martial returned to Tuscany in 1783 where Ramage remained until he joined the navy in 1788 at age 13. He usually pocketed the difference himself. Series was designed to cover groups of books generally understood as such see. Most of the crew is taken as prisoner except for Ramage and several of his crew members who have real or forged protections from the young United States government, stating that they are Americans and immune from British impressment. After he was invalided out of the Merchant Navy, the only obvious sign of the injuries Pope had suffered was a joint missing from on Dudley Pope was born in Ashford, Kent. An exciting action packed adventure of Lt.
He is a contemporary of , but unlike the latter, who never fought in a large fleet battle, Ramage participated in both and. They loved and admired and protected Rabel. I found the situations and thought process unique and interesting. It was released by the Hamlyn Publishers in 1981. Ramage is ordered to proceed to Gibraltar. These books could have been so good, if Pope had only turned this behaviour down a notch.
Reaching the island, Ramage and the crew of the Calypso fetch up in a battle to free several captive merchant ships—and a beautiful woman passenger—as they cross swords with blood-thirsty priates. Pope died April 25, 1997 in Marigot, St. After going through his works, C. He entered the Royal Navy as a midshipman in 1788 at the age of thirteen. Ramage and his crew stumble from one adventure into the next, sometimes helped along by chance, sometimes by genius level thinking by the hero that would make Hornblower blush, and yet I never found myself bored. Author Dudley followed it up with a 53 foot cutter called Golden Dragon in 1963, which he and his wife used to travel to Barbados after 2 years.
I am a fan of sailing era and have read all the classics from Hornblower on. Another scam was to charge off all sorts of expenses to dead sailors, leaving little for the widow, but making himself wealthy. Vincent; entirely different from the latter, who never took part in a large fleet battle. Sure time is needed to build tension and expound on the gravity of a situation and the implications, but it just seemed to drone on to the point I didn't care any more. The resulting battle of Cape St. For the most part this book had a great pace and had a nice variety of situations and drama. I won't go into a lot of details, but will say that there is a bit of doubt in Ramage.
In a daring spy scheme to protect British shores, Ramage is chosen to plumb the secrets of the French, and the penalty for failure is the guillotine. Schooners have been disappearing with regularity, and the Navy has been unable to discover what has happened to them Clearly they have been taken by privateers, yet a search of the entire region reveals no inlets or bays where they could be hiding and transhipping the cargoes. He saves them and heads back to Nelson, and on his arrival, he gets to know that Count Pitti who he had not been able to rescue had not been killed and he had managed to escape. By concealing his age, Pope joined the Home Guard aged 14 and at age 16 joined the Merchant Navy as a cadet. It's 60+ pages about a well documented battle that every reader will know the outcome of beforehand. Once again, the plot takes place in Spain, Jamaica, and England. It has our hero caught up in The Great Mutinies at Spithead and the Nore.