Tyger

B2330

This is the eagerly awaited soft back edition of Stockwin’s latest novel to be released. Once again, it is an exciting naval story that is based on some of the least well-known key events of the Napoleonic Wars period. It also means that we don’t have long to wait for publication of the next tale, ‘Inferno’, in hard back. Stockwin has established himself as the leading story naval story teller of his generation. Once again there is a fresh crisp instalment in the saga of his two fictional heroes, Kydd and Renzi. This really is a book not to be missed.

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NAME: Tyger
FILE: R2330
AUTHOR: Julian Stockwin
PUBLISHER: Hodder
BINDING: soft back
PAGES: 369
PRICE: £8.99
GENRE: Fiction
SUBJECT: Kydd, Renzi, Napoleonic Wars, Baltic, British Baltic Trade Fleet, Prussia, Napoleon, Russia, Generalleutnant Graf von Hohenlau, frigate, convoy escort, exfiltration, evacuation
ISBN: 978-1-444-78542-5
IMAGE: B2330.jpg
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LINKS: https://www.hodder.co.uk/books/detail.page?isbn=9781444785425
DESCRIPTION: This is the eagerly awaited soft back edition of Stockwin’s latest novel to be released. Once again, it is an exciting naval story that is based on some of the least well-known key events of the Napoleonic Wars period. It also means that we don’t have long to wait for publication of the next tale, ‘Inferno’, in hard back. Stockwin has established himself as the leading story naval story teller of his generation. Once again there is a fresh crisp instalment in the saga of his two fictional heroes, Kydd and Renzi. This really is a book not to be missed.

Readers of FIRE Project book reviews will already have seen the review of the hard back edition of Tyger, published at the time of its release. It seems wasteful to repeat that review for the soft back edition because the books differ only in their binding and price. For those have yet to read the earlier review, this new book starts with the court martial of Sir Home Popham resulting from his invasion of Argentina, after completing the seizure of Cape Town, securing the British trade route to India and the Far East.

Kydd has acquired a few more enemies and the tale goes through a flowing series of highs and lows that keep the reader turning pages to the end. There is great characterization and a group of plots and sub plots that maintain excitement and also reveal some of the important, but less familiar, events and people of the period. As is customary the author shows careful research and weaves fiction and non fiction seamlessly. It is a great read.

An important part of the tale is based on the heroic battle fought by Prussia’s von Hohenlau to slow the French advance and then to fight his way to the coast when his Russian allies crumbled. Against all odds, von Hohenlau not only made it to the coast, but he persuaded the Royal Navy escort for the annual British Baltic trading fleet to help him evacuate the Prussian force from the beaches under the French noses. This was as great an evacuation as the evacuation of British and French troops from the beaches of Dunkirk under the German’s noses in 1940. It included a suicidal fight by the rearguard to allow the main body to be evacuated. It is a stirring tale and it laid the ground for Prussia to join the fight in 1815 at Waterloo, when their contribution to Wellington’s victory over Napoleon was critical to the outcome of the battle.

Perhaps the only thing left to be said is “Roll on the publication of ‘Inferno’, the next story in the series”.

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