New post on Julian Stockwin
What reviewers have said about Tyger
‘Characterization is strong, even for secondary characters. The setting features just enough detail to provide a framework for the imagination to fill in, lending a feel to the novel that Stockwin found Kydd’s journal and filled in the dramatic details. Engaging and engrossing, Kydd’s adventure commanding Tyger is a swashbuckling good time…With strong pacing and a well-built plot, this book is good not only for historical-fiction fans but for anyone who loves a solid yarn. Kydd is a heroic figure to rival Horatio Hornblower or Jack Aubrey, and a great addition to the nautical-adventure genre.’ -– Foreword Reviews
‘This latest cracking yarn in the Kydd and Renzi saga is a very, very, good novel… as fresh as the first in the series. As the sixteenth story in the series, this is an achievement in itself. Successful authors often become bored with their characters, or simply cannot think of how to develop them further. Fortunately, Stockwin is still enjoying his characters and their unfolding saga as the most avid fan. Having worked through to Trafalgar, the author would have been forgiven for resting on his laurels as so many before him have. Happily, he appreciated the rich seam of adventures that stretched out for the Royal Navy after 1805. He has already built installments around two very important early dashes for Empire and this tale picks up the aftermath of the second dash.’ – FIRE Reviews
‘There are only really two kinds of readers: Those who are devoted fans of British seafaring novels, particularly novels set in the swashbuckling era of the Napoleonic wars, and those poor benighted souls who aren’t. And for those who do love a good seafaring yarn, there are also two – and only two – classifications: Those who have been lucky enough to have stumbled on Julian Stockwin’s Thomas Kydd saga, and those who have yet to discover these treasures, which have delighted many a sailor, armchair and otherwise, since the turn of the century.
Tyger [is] the best one yet, a gripping yarn about a self-made captain whose loyalty to a man he admires earns him the wrath of those higher-up – and causes him to be stuck with command of a down-at-heels frigate fresh from a bloody mutiny. You won’t fall asleep reading this book. Action and adventure is one thing, but Tyger, like Mr. Stockwin’s other Kydd books, has a genuinely authentic feel to it.’ – Toledo Blade