• On the Company's Service

  • Percival Merewether Series, Book 2
  • By: Ellis K. Meacham
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (44 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The naval service of the Honourable East India Company, popularly known as the Bombay Marine, knew its share of adventure - none more than Captain Percival Merewether and the men of his ship, Rapid. From Mauritius to Teheran, from the Bay of Bengal toward Australia - weathering fierce naval battles, skirmishes with pirate fleets, and sometimes equally hazardous engagements ashore - the seas were packed with the stuff that goes to make incident. And action it was that really sparked Merewether and his men in a rousing tale that will give much pleasure to those who like a rattling good yarn.

©1971 Ellis K. Meacham (P)2017 Tantor

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A Great Sea Story

I am a big fan of sea stories of the Napoleonic era. I read Meacham’s first book “The East Indiaman” and thoroughly enjoyed it. I could hardly wait to start book two of the trilogy.

Percival Merewether has been appointed Commodore of the Bengal Squadron. The squadron captures four French ships and the fun begins with trips to the Mauritius and also Persia and lots of non-stop action.

The book is well written and researched. The characters continue to develop and the plot twists and turns. There is lots of action both at sea and on the land. Meacham writes in a way that I can smell the sea, hear the creaking of the rigging and feel the movement of the sea. If you enjoy stories of this era, you will definitely enjoy this book.

The book Is just over fourteen hours long. Steven Crossley does a great job narrating the book. Crossley is an actor and multi-award-winning audiobook narrator.


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Move over Captain Aubrey

Loved it. Particularly the attention to detail regarding the gunnery and tactics during the age of sail.

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  • Richard
  • 04-11-19

Much better than the first book!

Not quite there, but most enjoyable. Excellent narration. Even though written by an American I was pleased that it was narrated by an Englishman. I look forward to the third and final book in the series.