His Majestys Ship (The Fighting Sail Series Book 1)
The crew is a jumble of trained seamen, volunteers, and the sweepings of the press; yet, somehow, the officers have to mold them into an effective fighting unit before the French discover the convoy's true significance. Based on historical fact, His Majesty's Ship will take you into the world of Nelson's Navy, and captivate you all the way to it's gripping conclusion.
When you finish this book you genuinely feel like you have been there-and no novel can receive higher praise than that. Paperback , pages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about His Majesty's Ship , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Jun 09, HBalikov rated it it was amazing. The surgeon and his assistants started to move instruments and supplies from the sick berth down to the midshipmen's quarters on the orlop.
A methodical man, who knew a little medicine and a lot of surgery, Wilson laid out and inspected his tools at leisure, while his loblolly boys checked needles and horsehair, gags, turpentine, and tow needed for the inevitable operations. A British Naval captain takes a mixed crew protecting a convoy from England bound for the South Atlantic. They must pass through the English Channel and down the west coast of Europe where England is at war with France. The crew needs to mesh in order for the assignment to succeed. Many small things do not go right and the mission is put in jeopardy. Ship to ship battles were the spicy sauce of the conflicts between France and England during the late 18th and early 19th century.
The plot which culminates in a magnificently detailed battle at sea is secondary. If I were at a point where I was considering dipping my toe in the sea of Napoleonic Era naval fiction, I would choose this book to begin. I thoroughly enjoyed the details of life aboard a British Navy ship. Every detail of mess, bedding, skylarking, surgery, battle, etc.
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Every role from new recruit to captain is explored and given its due. Perhaps a shade below 5 stars - highly enjoyable. My thanks to V. Ulett for pointing me in this direction. View all 10 comments. May 13, David rated it it was amazing Shelves: In his new novel His Majesty's Ship Alaric Bond once again grips readers with his detailed knowledge of the Georgian navy.
In this prequel to The Jackass Frigate the earlier careers of crew members we have become familiar with are developed. From gundeck to quarterdeck, from powder monkey to Captain, we follow all divisions of the crew of HMS Vigilant, a 64 gun ship-of-the-line, as she is got ready for sea and then escorts a convoy. Ending in a climactic battle, the book, first in the 'Fighting In his new novel His Majesty's Ship Alaric Bond once again grips readers with his detailed knowledge of the Georgian navy.
Apr 28, Jason Braida rated it it was amazing. At less than pages it was a short read with most of the book describing a single drawn out action. I will be continuing with this series. I gather the Fighting Sail series does not have a central character such as a Jack Aubrey or Horatio Hornblower but hopefully the characters I met will reappear in the subsequent books. Sep 30, Jim rated it it was amazing Shelves: I found this book to be especially good. Helena in the South Atlantic from the convoy would be taken on to India and ports beyond.
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Vigilant is accompanied by two other British warships. There are wonderful descriptions of life aboard HMS Vigilant, about the interactions of characters and, ultimately, a dramatic telling of a naval battle at sea. This, in my mind, makes this book much more realistic and true to life than some of the other series I have read.
The book is well written and a true page turner.
I look forward to the next in the series. This is a fun book. While there are many authors writing about the Royal Navy during the wars of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars O'Brien, Pope, Kent, Forester, etc most of them focus almost entirely on the officer class, with common sailors included for a spot of color. Alaric Bond's Fighting Sail series tries a somewhat different tack, devoting a great deal of attention to the lives of the common sailor, and rather less to those of the officers.
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Nearly every character followed i This is a fun book. Nearly every character followed in this book has a rounded character, from the year-old boy who volunteered for a life of adventure without quite knowing what that was about to the frustrated Irish revolutionaries unhappily serving the British crown to the dispirited ship's chaplain.
All the characters discover something new about themselves through the course of the book -- some learn good things, others are exposed to their darker natures. Quite a fun story, and a good first entry into the series; hopefully the rest of the series is as entertaining. Feb 11, Scott rated it it was amazing Shelves: I read this book in over 24 hours. It was a good read but a little confusing trying to keep the characters straight as the book bounces between them very often. By the last third of the book it settled down and became a good read.
Jun 12, Vivyenne rated it really liked it Shelves: Another great Age of Sail book which seems both well-researched and engaging. The author takes a kind of "ensemble cast" approach, which overall provides more insight, more interesting characters, and more perspective from all walks of life aboard ship. It's a lot to swallow at the beginning but overall a worthwhile approach. Email to friends Share on Facebook - opens in a new window or tab Share on Twitter - opens in a new window or tab Share on Pinterest - opens in a new window or tab.
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