This is the fifth book in the stories of Kydd and Renzi. Stockwin has the opportunity to develop the different characters of Kydd and Renzi as they adapt to the significant change in their fortunes when they are confirmed as Lieutenants. Renzi comes from a privileged background and his adaptation originally was as a volunteer seaman in the Royal Navy. Kydd also had an initial adaptation to life aboard a warship as a pressed man but his humble background as a young wigmaker presented less challenge in relating to the seamen in his mess. Now the situations are reversed as Renzi slips easily into the social environment of the wardroom and Kydd feels uncomfortable and unable to freely join in the conversations about hunting and the pursuits of gentlemen. Stockwin himself made the migration from Petty Officer to Officer




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