Conquest : Thomas Kydd 12

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'A naval tale of the first order' - 5-star reader review

Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar removed the spectre of invasion and England is now free to seek conquests and colonies in the furthest reaches of the world. Captain Kydd joins an expedition to take Dutch-held Cape Town, a strategic imperative to secure the rich trade-route to India.

But even if the British can defeat the enemy and take possession of the capital, there is still more fighting to be done. Kydd and his men must defend the fragile colony from attacks by the enemy from all sides, while braving the wild beasts and hostile environment of Africa's vast and savage hinterland.


What readers are saying about CONQUEST

'I loved each and every page . . . I strongly recommend Conquest to all readers attracted to naval fiction and indeed historical fiction in general.' - 5 stars

'Excellent as always' - 5 stars

'Another year, another winner' - 5 stars

'Another glorious tale' - 5 stars

'Excellent, but then the whole series is!' - 5 stars
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 134 x 197 x 23mm | 252g
  • Hodder Paperback
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1444711989
  • 9781444711981
  • 110,378

Review quote

'In CONQUEST, Julian Stockwin unravels a tale that captures the approaching zenith of Napoleon's power, the origins of British South Africa, and the decline of the once-mighty Dutch empire, all seen through the eyes of the heroes of the age of fighting sail. It has just the right mix of action, suspense, and exoticism. Stockwin's exhaustive research ensures that historians will forget they're reading fiction while story-lovers won't mind that they're learning history.' * Jason R. Musteen, Ph.D., Lieutenant Colonel, US Army * 'This well-crafted naval adventure by a seasoned lieutenant commander of the British navy balances historical perspective with the excitement of a full broadside assault. Comparable to C.C. Humphreys's Jack Absolute series and the naval tales of the great Patrick O'Brian, Stockwin's engaging novel reveals the author's acumen for the history and spirit of the time' * Library Journal (US) * A born storyteller and a man with a vivid imagination . . . his research is accurate and first class. * Flagship on TREACHERY * I was turning the pages almost indecently fast * Independent on KYDD * Stockwin's descriptions of the bloody reality of naval combat 200 years ago are memorably vivid * Yorkshire Evening Post on VICTORY * Paints a vivid picture * Daily Express on KYDD * This heady adventure blends fact and fiction in rich, authoritative detail. * Nautical Magazine on VICTORY * Another thundering good read for those who love seagoing stories in the Hornblower mould * Peterborough Evening Telegraph on TREACHERY * More historically accurate than the Patrick O'Brian series * Royal Navy Sailing Association journal on the KYDD series * 'Stockwin assembles an exciting and suspenseful historical loaded with action, intrigue, treachery, and the bloody gore of 1805 warfare' * Publishers Weekly on CONQUEST *
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About Julian Stockwin

Julian Stockwin was sent at the age of fourteen to Indefatigable, a tough sea-training school. He joined the Royal Navy at fifteen before transferring to the Royal Australian Navy, where he served for eight years in the Far East, Antarctic waters and the South Seas. In Vietnam he saw active service in a carrier task force.

After leaving the Navy (rated Petty Officer), Julian practised as an educational psychologist. He lived for some time in Hong Kong, where he was commissioned into the Royal Naval Reserve. He was awarded the MBE and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He now lives in Devon with his wife Kathy. More information can be found on his website at
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449 ratings
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4 47% (211)
3 17% (77)
2 2% (9)
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