Bolitho now commanding a ship, in a very dangerous ocean, whatever situation is thrust upon his ship and crew, he is the one that makes life and death decisions, in a story full of danger and drama, Bolitho throughout the book developes into a very capable leader, the backdrop of the book is how Bolitho character grows up A very enjoyable book, in a larger series, a sort of Hornblower, Black sails era book, very readable, the story flows at a good pace throughout the book, enough to keep the re Bolitho now commanding a ship, in a very dangerous ocean, whatever situation is thrust upon his ship and crew, he is the one that makes life and death decisions, in a story full of danger and drama, Bolitho throughout the book developes into a very capable leader, the backdrop of the book is how Bolitho character grows up A very enjoyable book, in a larger series, a sort of Hornblower, Black sails era book, very readable, the story flows at a good pace throughout the book, enough to keep the readers concentration right until the end No editorial errors, nice book cover A solid good read, for people that enjoy this period in history Very good naval Age of Fighting Sail novel This is my second Bolitho novel, and I like this character evenafter the second book Fun stuff. This was another addition to a good series set in the Age of Sail Bolitho has been given command of the Sparrow, a sloop of war To say it is an adventure story is like calling War and Peace a war story In this book Bolitho is now in total command of a ship and its crew and that means he has to make the decisions by himself So it is a story of a man growing into a good officer and leader of men I will save final judgment on this series until I have read all the books, but for now I will say This was another addition to a good series set in the Age of Sail Bolitho has been given command of the Sparrow, a sloop of war To say it is an adventure story is like calling War and Peace a war story In this book Bolitho is now in total command of a ship and its crew and that means he has to make the decisions by himself So it is a story of a man growing into a good officer and leader of men I will save final judgment on this series until I have read all the books, but for now I will say that so far so good,adventures await Like a raked black finger the sloops long jib boom swept out and over his head, and for a fewmoments he stared up at the figurehead below the bowsprit A man size sparrow, beak wide in fury and wings spread as if to fight, its curved claws firmly gripping a gilded cluster of oak leaves and acorns Bolitho watched until the boat had moved around and under the starboard cathead He had never thought a mere sparrow could be depicted as being so warlike It s 1778 and Richard Bolitho has justLike a raked black finger the sloops long jib boom swept out and over his head, and for a fewmoments he stared up at the figurehead below the bowsprit A man size sparrow, beak wide in fury and wings spread as if to fight, its curved claws firmly gripping a gilded cluster of oak leaves and acorns Bolitho watched until the boat had moved around and under the starboard cathead He had never thought a mere sparrow could be depicted as being so warlike It s 1778 and Richard Bolitho has just been given his first command as captain of the sloop Sparrow The American Revolutionary War is in full swing and their French allies are eager to antagonize the Royal Navy Bolitho revels in his fast, well armed ship, hunting privateers and the French while patrolling the Atlantic coast But he must contend with Tyrell, a first lieutenant who is an American loyalist and a senior officer consumed with gaining personal power and glory, no matter whom he must put in harm s way Amidst the cannonfire and bloodshed, Bolitho also manages to develop a relationship with an aristocratic lady that may bethan she seems Kent addresses past events previous to the book, creating a larger world beyond the book and allowing readers to get a better idea of Bolitho s character and attitude towards his crew Sloop of War also reads perfectly well as a stand alone novel As always, Kent s description and character developement are top notch We not only get to experience Bolitho as a leader, we also see the world from first lieutenant Tyrell s eyes While his fellow countrymen are fighting King George, Tyrell has remained loyal to the crown, making him despised by one side and mistrusted by the other Caught in the lonely in between as an officer of his majesty, all he can do is follow orders and try not to get killed.One part I took guity pleasure in involved Kent speaking well of some Canadian scouts brought along to aid Bolitho I couldn t help but grin when Foley says,Good men If I had a regiment of them I could retake half of America This book is action packed, fast paced, filled with battles on both land and sea and is a great addition to the Bolitho series This is a great place to start for those interested in historical naval fiction The year is , the ship is thegun HMS Sparrow, England s finest sloop of war, and the Captain is Richard Bolitho, sailing his command into the fury of battle The American Revolution has turned the Atlantic coast into a refuge for privateers and marauding French warships, and it is up to young Bolitho to fight the colonial rebels, to stave off the treachery of a beautiful woman, and to overcome the dangerous incompetence of a senior officer before it is too late I have read a couple of books in this series out of order over the years, so I figured I would read this as its the earliest in the series I could get my hands on This is the first novel where Richard Bolitho is a captain of his own vessel, a Commander of the sloop Sparrow.He s part of the English Naval forces off the Americas, dealing with the American revolution and trying to handle the French Navy as well as privateers from the USA He becomes entangled with some politics and finds friends o I have read a couple of books in this series out of order over the years, so I figured I would read this as its the earliest in the series I could get my hands on This is the first novel where Richard Bolitho is a captain of his own vessel, a Commander of the sloop Sparrow.He s part of the English Naval forces off the Americas, dealing with the American revolution and trying to handle the French Navy as well as privateers from the USA He becomes entangled with some politics and finds friends on both sides of the conflict.Overall there are some great scenes and events The characterization of various side characters is well done, and they have interesting, varied, and complex motivations Kent does a good job of keeping you guessing you can t ever really be sure who someone is or what they re really like right away Some who seem troubling or antagonistic end up being a solid friend of the captain Others like Lieutenant Tyrell you re never really sure of until the end of the book.However, the main character Bolitho is kind of unlikable, not because of his personality, but because of the way he s written Kent is so eager for you to like him, to be impressed by him, and to consider him the consummate hero that he goes overboard Even the most mundane things he does amazes his crew Everyone is impressed by him, even with a brief encounter Almost everyone has at least one glowing, awestruck thought about Bolitho at some point in the book Bolitho does not make mistakes, he makes the right choice, he comes up with what no one else thinks of even when its fairly obvious His naval choices, although some are rather mundane and typical for captains at the time, are considered the work of some great genius Overall it becomes a bit wearying and my memories of the series are that this isor less constant.If Kent had let Bolitho show his ability in amodest way, and keep the other characters from telling so much the number of conversations in which someone praises him or talks about how great he is are very numerous it would have been significantly less tiresome Overall, its not very well done.I can t really recommend this series very highly, some such as the O Brian, Forester, and even the Fox series are muchentertaining, effectively told, and interesting books But they aren t horrible, and if you can look past the desperation by the author that you be terribly amazed and enraptured by his main character, they re pretty solid sea stories In the genre of historical naval fiction focussed on the tall ships of the British Royal Navy at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries, this book by Alexander Kent has to be among the best The book takes place in 1778 and 1781 in along the coast of North America as the American Revolution continues without any significant British successes Commander Bolitho is is captain of the sloop of war, HMS Swallow He is given numerous assignments in the Delaware Bay, in the northern Caribbean and, fin In the genre of historical naval fiction focussed on the tall ships of the British Royal Navy at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries, this book by Alexander Kent has to be among the best The book takes place in 1778 and 1781 in along the coast of North America as the American Revolution continues without any significant British successes Commander Bolitho is is captain of the sloop of war, HMS Swallow He is given numerous assignments in the Delaware Bay, in the northern Caribbean and, finally, in the Chesapeake Bay The narrative is excellent, the characters are well developed There are battles at sea, there is deceit and treachery, there is outstanding courage and sorrowful cowardice, there is excellent seamanship all described with great detail and color If you enjoy books about the British navy set during the Revolution, then this is the one for you Richard Bolitho, the main character, makes great strides in his climb up the naval ladder, through his ability and audacity to command his own ship, the sloop, Sparrow There is a love interest, but to no avail Looking forward to the next book in the series. My favorite of the Bolitho books so far, reading them in chronological order He now has his own ship a fast sloop of war and has a series of adventures that take place during the American Revolution From picket duty to spy missions to saving soldiers being hunted by the enemy a nice series of adventures is told. I simply devoured this book After reading the earlier two volumes I couldn t wait to read this book Each turn of the page captured my imagination and compelled me to read another chapter Before I knew it the book was finished Alexander Kent has made me a fan of Richard Bolitho Well done.