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  1. 4 out of 5

    Chaplain Stanley Chapin

    Very little navel action A disappointment that was headlined as a naval historical thriller and had a sailing ship on the cover, had very little naval action and was more about the hardscrabble Irish life

  2. 4 out of 5

    Steven Toby

    Here is a new (to me) author of naval fiction. He seems to have considerable knowledge, or has done enough research, but for the reader seeking a naval action fix, this book is a little disappointing because almost all of it takes place on land. However, it gets off to an excellent start with the prospective midshipman -- the author knows that a ship's boy may enter the Navy in the officers' career path or among the ratings. Mr. Cricklow (I think) is with the former. He even says he's read "Peter Here is a new (to me) author of naval fiction. He seems to have considerable knowledge, or has done enough research, but for the reader seeking a naval action fix, this book is a little disappointing because almost all of it takes place on land. However, it gets off to an excellent start with the prospective midshipman -- the author knows that a ship's boy may enter the Navy in the officers' career path or among the ratings. Mr. Cricklow (I think) is with the former. He even says he's read "Peter Simple", a contemporary naval yarn by Marryat, the 19th C predecessor to C S Forester. He's also authentically disappointed when he discovers that his ship is a steamer...a very appropriate reaction for the period (1840's). Lieutenant Talleyman, the main character, is the son of a boiler factory owner and that naturally brings significant prejudice along with it from the other officers. This starts to fade when he reveals that a lighted boiler can provide hot water for tea at any hour of the day or night, while the galley fires are extinguished after dinner (what we would call lunch, which is the main meal of the day). I suspect this is exaggerated and, at least in temperate waters, Royal Navy ships might have had two hot meals a day, but it's still a neat plot device. The ship proceeds to sea and heads for a place in south Ireland, which if you're more aware of the history than I was when I started reading, is when the potato famine took place there. The southern part of the island is close to revolution (I didn't know that, but the characters are well aware that there was a rebellion that was put down in 1798 and starving people are ripe for rebellion). So, while LT Talleyman's ship is ostensibly on a relief mission, she's also patrolling to prevent weapons from being smuggled in. So there's plenty of action, including a certain amount of violence, just not enough naval maneuvering to suit me. As a spokesman for the Victorian Navy, I like Antoine Vanner better but Mr. James certainly deserves honorable mention.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rich Muttkowski

    A tale of woe and triumph of Irish freedom fighters Tallyman’s experience in fighting slavery, malaria and the kindnesses of care repaid in forgiveness, the triumph his, the tragedy Ireland’s.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Uncle Dave Avis

    I was expecting a book about naval combat and exciting action. Instead, I found out everything I didn't want to know about Irish potatoes and Irish social problems. It was a really disappointing book and I do not recommend it. I was expecting a book about naval combat and exciting action. Instead, I found out everything I didn't want to know about Irish potatoes and Irish social problems. It was a really disappointing book and I do not recommend it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jefrois

    I have ZERO idea what this book is about or who are all these people it names. I quit at Page 16.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tom Barry

    An enjoyable read I am quite sure it must have been like this at time of the Irish famine. I found myself wishing success for both side in the struggle. A very good read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    A 3.5 by any standard Applaud the use Irish phraseology, at the same time it made reading the novel a chore

  8. 4 out of 5

    wjcurley

  9. 4 out of 5

    Charles J. Tracy

  10. 5 out of 5

    stuart deans

  11. 4 out of 5

    Donald Bohne

  12. 4 out of 5

    Leslie Hyde

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ronald Patrick

  14. 4 out of 5

    C.kermit Scarborough

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    Rebecca Davies

  16. 4 out of 5

    Andy Sloan

  17. 4 out of 5

    kent miller

  18. 5 out of 5

    Barry Russell Russell

  19. 4 out of 5

    Marvin G Rasmussen

  20. 4 out of 5

    Joe Paul

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    Tom Cooper

  22. 5 out of 5

    William

  23. 4 out of 5

    a.busson

  24. 5 out of 5

    PAMELA AMY

  25. 5 out of 5

    caroll Smith

  26. 5 out of 5

    Richard browne

  27. 5 out of 5

    JOHN P GAMERTSFELDEER

  28. 4 out of 5

    Gary N. Plante

  29. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth A. Cameron

  30. 5 out of 5

    Roy Morgan

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