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.
FORM LINE OF BATTLE!
The immediate success on both sides of the Atlantic of Alexander Kent’s first historical novel To Glory We Steer (‘Clearly one of the best stories about wooden-
In June 1793 Captain Richard Bolitho arrives at Gibraltar to take command of the Hyperion, a seventy-
Beneath the Mediterranean sun, and often in sight of the enemy coast, Bolitho and his tired old ship face one conflict after another — and when at last the ill-
Alexander Kent’s first two historical novels have become international bestsellers. Reviewers have united in their enthusiasm for Captain Richard Bolitho and for his creator, who has been almost unanimously acclaimed as the true successor to C. S. Forester. Enemy in Sight! is the third Bolitho novel — a splendid story of eighteenth-
As 1794 draws to a close Richard Bolitho, commanding the old seventy-
Unfortunately, Bolitho finds himself under a commodore who is no match for the French admiral, Lequiller, whose powerful squadron uses guile and ruthless determination to elude him and vanish into the Atlantic. Hyperion, as part of a small British force, gives chase, the desperate voyage taking them from the Bay of Biscay’s squall to the heat of the Caribbean — and for each mile sailed and every battle fought Bolitho finds himself being forced into the ever more demanding role of strategist and squadron commander.
Alexander Kent’s mastery of the sea story and his remarkable feeling for the eighteenth-
In the spring of 1797 Richard Bolitho brings the 100-
England is still stunned by the naval mutiny at Spithead, in which Bolitho’s admiral was personally involved, and as the squadron sets sail the air is already alive with rumour of an even greater uprising in the ships at the Nore. Only when the squadron is drawn to a bloody embrace with the enemy does the admiral see the strength in Bolitho’s trust and care for his men -
In this, the seventh Richard Bolitho novel, Alexander Kent continues Bolitho’s story following the events described in The Flag Captain. Once again Mr Kent has combined historical authenticity with stirring storytelling of the highest order, and Signal — Close Action! will be enthusiastically welcomed by his ever-
When in 1798 Richard Bolitho hoists his broad pendant as commodore of a small squadron and prepares to re-
Without any British bases in the Mediterranean, and unable to show favour to old friends, Bolitho is well aware that there are others within his ships who are no less dangerous than the enemy — and during the weeks and months in which the squadron faces the hazards of the weather and French broadsides alike, Bolitho knows that far more than his own future is at stake. A fleet, even a nation, could depend on his decisions and, when he places his squadron between the Nile and the power of France, he must accept the price of the challenge.
Acclaimed as ‘one of our foremost writers of naval fiction’ (Sunday Times), Alexander Kent has gone from strength to strength since his first Richard Bolitho novel appeared ten years ago. Fine storytelling, careful attention to historical background and sweeping scenes of naval action account for the worldwide success of his books. The Inshore Squadron is the twelfth Richard Bolitho story and chronologically it follows the events covered by Signal — Close Action!
In September 1800 Richard Bolitho, a freshly appointed rear-
Under his flag the Inshore Squadron has to ride out the bitter hardship of blockade duty and the swift, deadly encounters with the enemy. An old hatred steps from the past to pose a personal threat to him, but at the gates of Copenhagen, where his flag flies amidst the fury of battle, Bolitho must put all private hopes and fears behind him.
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