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With All Despatch

By: Alexander Kent
Narrated by: Michael Jayston
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Spring 1792. A troubled peace with France means that even a frigate captain as famous as Richard Bolitho is forced to swallow his pride and visit the Admiralty daily to plead for a ship. 

But, as the clouds of war begin to rise once more over the Channel, all he is offered is command of three topsail cutters. His task is to track down deserters, but the 'Brotherhood' he comes up against are brutal and dangerous. 

When a King's ransom is in peril and Bolitho is ordered to proceed 'with all despatch' to recover it, he will need all the loyalty and courage of his three gallant cutters if he is to fulfill his mission.

©1997 Alexander Kent (P)2004 Audible, Ltd

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"Michael Jayston is a delight to the ear. His crisp voice easily moves from narrative to conversation and from character to character without missing a beat." (AudioFile)

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great book. good recording. poor editing.

I'm assuming whoever pieced the recordings together for this apparently entire series was too busy to bother putting it in order.

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Finally!!!

Finally audible put out another book by Alexander Kent. Please Please Please keep them coming.

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one major complaint though!!!!

there's a whole book missing...
passage to mutiny!!!! where's it at!!!!
love the book no complaints but I'm missing a whole lot with that one book not there.

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Great rousing story, well narrated

Some of the narrative was a little plodding but for the most part, the plot's pacing was lively enough. Bolitho pulls a victory out of dispair and shows his usual discerning nature.

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Another Near Miss

And Bolitho sails on the yet another engagement in a larger 74 next time. This particular story was yet very engaging with a twist of mystery and the further tales of courage and seamanship under extreme battle conditions. Well done Mr. Kent and Mr. Jayston

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  • 02-12-16

Another great story

Another excellent novel from Alexander Kent. can't wait to read the next one and soak in the adventure.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-21-21

excellent!

loved listening to a well written story full of colour and atmosphere brilliant imigary great.

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  • Kilrymont
  • 04-17-21

No surprises here.

More of the same, really. But the author gets stuck into word choice habits that get to be a bore. Far, far too many "said quietly"s and the overuse of "Old friend" from Bolitho to the faithful lapdog Allday almost takes on a homoerotic element with its degree of regularity.
The English language is blessed with a massive vocabulary. Kent should learn to use his Thesaurus rather more.
Those moans apart, this serves up more or less what is expected in a tall ship naval war novel in a series that eventually outnumbered the lengthy CS Forester-Hornblower similar (by a factor of three). But then Forester knew when to quit, (mostly...)