Colors Aloft!

  • Title: Colors Aloft!
  • Author: Alexander Kent
  • ISBN: 9780425102640
  • Page: 349
  • Format: Paperback
  • Colors Aloft Colours Aloft the sixteenth Richard Bolitho novel bears all the hallmarks of its best selling predecessors September Vice Admiral Sir Richard Bolitho finds himself the new master of the Argonau
    Colours Aloft , the sixteenth Richard Bolitho novel, bears all the hallmarks of its best selling predecessors.September 1803Vice Admiral Sir Richard Bolitho finds himself the new master of the Argonaute, a French flagship taken in battle With the Peace of Armiens in ruins, he must leave the safety of Falmouth.What lies ahead is the grim reality of war at close quarters Colours Aloft , the sixteenth Richard Bolitho novel, bears all the hallmarks of its best selling predecessors.September 1803Vice Admiral Sir Richard Bolitho finds himself the new master of the Argonaute, a French flagship taken in battle With the Peace of Armiens in ruins, he must leave the safety of Falmouth.What lies ahead is the grim reality of war at close quarters where Bolitho who will be called upon to anticipate the overall intention of the French fleet But the battle has also become a personal vendetta between himself and the French admiral who formerly sailed the Argonaute Bolitho and his men are driven to a final rendezvous where no quarter is asked or given.

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    1. A pseudonym used by Douglas Reeman.Series Richard Bolitho Adam Bolitho


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    1. The Bolitho novels not only have cameo appearances of Britain’s great naval hero, Admiral Horatio Nelson, in the background, but the events of Bolitho’s life tend to parallel the life of the grand hero more and more as the series continued. At first, Alexander Kent (I will use his nom de plume for convenience and clarity) was content to compare the fictional hero to the historical one. Then, he was putting them into the same historical actions, but from different perspective. Personally, I f [...]

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    2. This book seemed rushed or like the editor insisted the author cut 100 pages out. There were random characters introduced, pointless intrigue, and a somewhat sloppy tying up of loose ends. Not the author's best. The battle scenes were well-done, though.

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    3. This is another exciting addition to the Richard Bolitho series. Along with naval battles, terrific fighting and horrible carnage, there is human drama - Allday finds that he has a son, Bolitho suffers wounds to his eyes and cannot see, there is conflict between Bolitho and his wife together with doubts on Bolitho's part of his love; and there is a new attempt by figures unknown to smear Bolitho's reputation and destroy his career.The year is 1803, and Vice Admiral Bolitho takes a small squadron [...]

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    4. I have finished it long time ago. It was not bad, but I have read better from that author. The plot is easy and very readable as always. It is simply I have a ship, he has a ship. He is enemy and my cannons like to shoot at the enemy. Bolitho had as always obnoxious superiors and his ship was in love with him. I have strange feeling from that book, that author was trying to set the plot on the personal vendetta theme. French admiral is cartoon villain with cunning mind of perfect naval strategis [...]

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    5. I found the plot line of this book slightly harder to follow than normal ; although to be fair this may have been down to a particularly busy and stressful period at work.Yet against chosen few are together again by a mysterious stroke of fate. although they keep getting killed off so how much longer can it continue?(view spoiler)[ Bolitho becomes blinded but slowly manages to make a startling recovery, even if incomplete. Somehow it was this aspect which detracted from the storyline for me. Muc [...]

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    6. As something to read this will do. But, oh my goodness, how sketchily written, how skimpy. Compared to the fantastic Patrick O'Brian this is weak beer. Unlike the twilight books which could have done with 300 less pages each, this one could have done with more flesh, more meat to chew over. The characters are cardboard, and the dialogue does not have the same O'Brian sparkle of wit, humour and insubordination. The plot is simple: there's this ship, it is commanded by a baddie, so it needs to get [...]

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    7. This is the 16th in Alexander Kent's Richard Bolito novels but the first I have read Having thoroughly enjoyed all 20 of the late Patrick O'Brian's "Master and Commander" novels, I was initially excited at the thought of another series on the Royal navy during the Napoleonic Wars. Unfortunately, I was disappointed in this book. Kent is no Patrick O’Brian. One gory battle after another with little character development in between.(Spoiler alert.The final hand to hand swordfight between the riva [...]

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    8. #16 in the Richard Bolitho, British naval officer series. Now knighted, Vice-Admiral Bolitho is in command of a squadron sent to the Mediterranean to to support another blockading fleet. The story develops through a series of naval engagements as Bolitho seeks to track down a French admiral who he had defeated in the previous novel. While doing this, he encounters another attack by people behind the scenes to end his career and bring dishonor upon him. The time period for the novel is September, [...]

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    9. Being a Patrick O'Brien fan, I was interested to see how another author would deal with a similar subject matter. I enjoyed it for the comparisons I couldn't help making between the two writers. Would I read more of this series? Probably, maybe I just need to get more acquainted with the characters

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    10. Since completing the 20-volume Patrick O'Brian Master and Commender series, I have been looking for another to take its place. This series featuring Richard Bolitho seems the best of the lot, but this volume at least seems to lack the detail and authenticity of O'Brian's novels.

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    11. See my earlier comments regarding this fine Naval action series.

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    12. Another great Bolitho book

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    13. I enjoyed this book a great deal. The order of his books are a little confusing

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    14. Was good, but I had a hard time getting through it, as I'm not into nautical books.

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    15. It seemed to assume that you had read the series and, to some extent, was just tying up loose ends. Still enjoyed it but could easily see what was coming.

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    16. Bogged down in the middle with an uninteresting subplot. However, the final battle was excellent.

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    17. I've been enjoying the adventures of Richard Bolitho for a while - at some point, I'm sure I'll try to get myself interested in some of the other wooden ship series.

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