"The Turn Of The Tide is a cracking good read, blending historical fact with clever writer's imagination and real historical figures with fictional ones. "
Book 6 of a series
"Freshly back from a year in the Indian Ocean, it is not long before Alexander Clay and the crew of the Titan are in action once more. This time they are sent on a secret mission across the Channel. Amongst the forests and marshes of Southern Brittany, a Royalist rebellion is building and the Government at home is keen to support it. But as the uprising grows, Clay finds himself being drawn into a world of deception, intrigue and treachery. Who is the charismatic rebel leader, Count D’Arzon, and what is the secretive Major Fraser really up to? Meanwhile, the settled community of the frigate’s lower deck is disturbed by the arrival of a new recruit who appears to have strange mystical powers."
As with all series, to get the best reading experience, and to really get to know the characters - and the author, come to that - it is always wise to start at the beginning with Book One. However, Philip K. Allan's writing is crafted well enough for any reader to start anywhere, as each nautical adventure is a stand-alone, with this addition being no exception. (Although I do advise you to start at the beginning - it's worth it!)
The Turn Of The Tide is a cracking good read, blending historical fact with clever writer's imagination and real historical figures with fictional ones. For readers who enjoy the Napoleonic era of warfare at sea via novels by authors such as Patrick O'Brian, Julien Stockwin, Alaric Bond and, of course, C.S.Forrester, the Alexander Clay series is a must.
What I particularly like about Mr Allan's series is the diversity of characters and settings - the novels are not just about the officers on the quarterdeck or accomplishing derring-do achievements, these stories include the below-deck world of the ordinary seaman which results in an overall picture of what life was really like at sea.
Well written. Well researched. Well enjoyed.
© Anne Holt