The following Richard and Adam Bolitho novels by Alexander Kent are listed in historical chronological order. Cover images and descriptions are from the dustwrappers of British hardcover first editions.
Arrow Books, 1975
Combines Richard Bolitho, Midshipman and Midshipman Bolitho and the Avenger in one omnibus volume.
RICHARD BOLITHO, MIDSHIPMAN
In October 1772 Richard Bolitho waits at Portsmouth to join the Gorgon, a seventy-
Many of the ship’s company are new and untrained, and when the hazards of bad weather, and the relentless hardships which are the daily lot of the common sailor, begin to show themselves, the midshipmen soon discover that authority, no matter how junior, is no easy thing.
England is at peace with her old enemies, France and Spain, but the growing menace of piracy across the trade routes, worsened by rich and brutal trade of slavery between Africa and the Americas, make sea travel no less perilous.
Gorgon's captain is ordered to take his ship to Africa's west coast and ‘show the flag’, and by example and swift action to destroy those who challenge his authority.
From the captain down to the midshipmen it becomes evident that their new enemy is as dangerous and as skilful as any who fights in the line of battle.
MIDSHIPMAN BOLITHO AND THE ‘AVENGER’
This story is set in the winter of 1773, in and around the West Country of England. Midshipman Bolitho’s ship, the Gorgon, is laid up for refit, and he with some other ‘young gentlemen’ is allowed home for Christmas. Bolitho, now seventeen, returns to his family in Falmouth, taking with him his best friend and fellow midshipman, Martyn Dancer. Bolitho soon discovers that all is not well in Cornwall. There are rumours of an increase in smuggling, even of witchcraft, and when a murdered man is found near the Bolitho house, ugly rumour becomes reality. Wreck-
Only a small and agile man-
William Heinemann, 2005
In this, the long-
But a routine passage from Plymouth to Guernsey in an untried schooner becomes, for Bolitho, a passage from midshipman to King’s officer, tempering the promise of the future with the bitter price of maturity.
The year is 1774 and Bolitho is now a newly appointed third lieutenant joining the 28-
Bolitho’s promotion is tinged by personal sadness, but his new captain soon points out that Bolitho’s loyalty is to him, the ship and His Britannic Majesty — in that order. Despatched on a secret mission far south to Rio and then to the Caribbean, Destiny and her company face the hazards of conspiracy, treason and piracy — and, as the little ship sails on, Bolitho has to learn amid broadside battles at sea and the clash of swords in hand-
The tenth Richard Bolitho novel in Alexander Kent’s spectacularly successful series deals with Bolitho’s life as a young lieutenant aboard the Trojan, an eighty-
The year is 1777 when the revolution in America has erupted into a full-
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