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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 549 Seiten
  • Verlag: Thorndike Press; Auflage: Lrg (Oktober 2002)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0786245883
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786245888
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 22,7 x 13,9 x 3 cm
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It's remarkable how quickly the interest in colourful naval adventure has grown in recent years. Foremost among able practitioners is Julian Stockwin and his new book, Artemis, builds on the solid achievements of the much-acclaimed Kydd; here again is the same flinty characterisation, stunning narrative skills and (most of all) considerable imaginative skill in evoking the wind-lashed atmosphere of the best nautical novels: full of sharp detail and keenly evoked atmosphere.

It's the great age of fighting sail, when the seven seas are stalking grounds for prey and prize money. Aboard the crack frigate HMS Artemis, life can be invigorating--and short. Now a fully fledged Jack Tar, Stockwin's doughty hero Kydd returns to Portsmouth and a hero's welcome after cutting a bloody swathe through French ships. But urgent family matters force him to return to Guildford where he finds himself less able to cope than he was at sea. Soon, land-bound life is chafing him, and Kydd is happily back on the Artemis setting out for the Far East, and encounters with some lethal opponents. After a grim encounter with slavers, Kydd finds himself facing his own mortality in the waters of the Great Southern Ocean. Stockwin's particular ability (among so many) is his fastidious evocation of life aboard a sailing ship and the tensions that exist between the men locked into this dangerous life. The dialogue may take a little getting used to, but it's quickly apparent that this is one of the author's key strengths: this, you feel, is how these men really spoke. Most of all, though, it's the exhilarating recreation of the sailing life and its attendant dangers that keeps the reader transfixed.--Barry Forshaw -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


Praise for KYDD: 'I was soon turning over the pages almost indecently fast... Roll on, the promised adventures of Kydd and Renzi.' Gripping...Rich in action and full of interesting characters, this thrilling novel leaves you in awe of the 18th-century seaman. With Kydd, Julian Stockwin quickly signals that he is an innovative and accomplished fresh talent in the field, with a complex and richly drawn hero at the centre of an intelligently structured narrative. Stockwin paints a vivid picture of life aboard the mighty ship-of-the-line... the harsh naval discipline, the rancid food, and the skill of the common sailor are all skilfully evoked. The vantage point of the common sailor gives the nautical novel a fresh twist. In Stockwin's hands the sea story will continue to entrance readers across the world. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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Nach den Erlebnissen auf der Duke William wird Kydd auf die Fregatte Artemis versetzt. Begleitet wird er von seinem Freund Renzi und einiger seiner Kameraden.
Kurz danach kommt es zu einem harten und blutigen Seegefecht mit einer französischen Fregatte. Nach gewonnener Schlacht wird die Artemis von einer jubelnden Menge in England empfangen. Doch dann kommen schlechte Nachrichten von zu Hause, die drohen sein Leben zu verändern.

Wie aus Band 1 gewohnt, erzählt Stockwin nüchtern aus der Welt der Seeleute. Er benutzt auch keine heroischen oder verniedlichenden Begrifflichkeiten, wenn es darum geht die Brutalität und das Grauen einer Seeschlacht darzustellen. Für besonderes feine Gemüter werden gerade die Seegefechte also nicht unbedingt das Wahre sein.

Den Roman selber kann man grob in drei Teile spalten. Der erste ist recht spannenden, der Mittelteil plätschert leider etwas vor sich, der dritte Teil nimmt wieder an Fahrt zu, und endet mit einem Cliffhanger.

Das Englisch ist auch wie im ersten Band recht anspruchsvoll.

Fazit: Teilweise fesselnd, mit kleineren Durststrecken, trotz allem spannend, und sehr unterhaltsam...kommt aber nicht ganz an Band 1 heran - 4 Sterne

Nachfolgeband: Seaflower (Thomas Kydd 3)
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Enjoyable story lines, average writing 5. Mai 2003
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As many of the other reviewers here, I am an avid fan of the nautical fiction genre; and, have read CS Forrester, Patrick OBrian, and many others, cover-to-cover. As such, I was excited to find 'Kydd' and 'Artemis' and a new series by a promising new author.
I enjoyed 'Kydd' just a little more than 'Artemis,' but liked both. The story lines are fun and engaging. The characters are decently drawn (although I am starting to find Renzi just a bit too implausible and contrived). The attention to detail is very high. And certainly, the twist of reading these stories from the point of view of a pressed man before the mast (as opposed to the usual point of view of an officer's) is educational. Although Stockwin isn't really breaking totally new ground here (I'd say Bernard Cornwell provided an ample path here with his 'Sharpe' novels), it's mostly a new wrinkle for those of us addicted to Aubrey/Maturin.
So, where does Stockwin fit in to the panoply of napoleonic-era historical fiction authors? I'd say mid-pack. The quality of writing is average. The character development is average. I'd put him in there with James Nelson and Dudley Pope; and even with Bernard Cornwell for that matter. Fun quick reads. Good stories with rousing action and interesting subject matter. But it's really not great literature.
In my opinion, Stockwin has a long way to go before he jumps up to the next tier in terms of writing ability. There's none of the magic, flowing prose of Patrick OBrian, nor any of the incredible mix of character, wit, and eloquence. There is a good story line and mostly decend prose. Like James Nelson, he gets a bit melodramatic at times. There's just a bit too much of the '...heart beating in his manly chest...' nonsense.
He also falls into one little trap that I find particularly annoying. Every page or so, he slips in the use of some overtly 'big' words. It feels like he's trying to impress us with his vocabulary:
"... he drew out a peculiar short coil of a black flexible substance, chased in leather at one end, and the other terminating in a knobby excrescence."
I'm not sure what an 'excrescence' is, but I feel that a more gifted writer would have found a more economical and effective way of describing a knotted leather whip. To my ears, this kind of thing just falls flat. There are many little examples of this throughout the two books. Do they ruin the stories? No. Do they make you wince a little bit as you're reading? Probably.
If you are looking for the 'topmast' of nautical fiction, look to OBrian, Marryat, Conrad. If you're looking for engaging adventures on the high seas and a fast easy read, definitely grab these new Stockwin novels. I recommend them despite their few faults. I hope new ones will keep coming and that the author grows as a writer.
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Thank heavens this writer came along! 10. Juli 2002
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For those who admire O'Brian, Stockwin's books may not appeal. For those who find O'Brian unnecessarily long-winded and overwhelmingly pretentious, give Stockwin's books a try (start with 'Kydd,' the first in the series). Stockwin has taken the unusual tack of starting his series with a non-sailor, a pressed man, and has introduced both him and the reader to late 18th century shipboard life. This isn't Hornblower or --thank God! -- Aubrey, Kydd is an altogether original character. We learn as he learns, we see storms, battles, maneuvers, all of it through his eyes and from his position on board a frigate. This is very different from seeing things only through the eyes of the captain, which is what is presented in most nautical fiction. Kydd will most likely rise in rank as the series progresses, but the reader gets to make that most enjoyable journey with him.
I note that other critics have taken issue with Stockwin's actual writing skill. I have no problem with the man's craft or talent. In fact I have yet to read a fictional account of rounding the Horn that was as descriptive, passionate, frightening and inspiring as Stockwin's account in 'Artemis.' I enjoyed this book a great deal, and regret only that I have to wait another year for book 3 in the series.
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A strong story, but not as strong as "Kydd" 1. Januar 2003
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Julian Stockwin continues the saga of Thomas Paine Kydd, a wigmaker pressed into naval duty. As befits a second novel, the author tries for something a little more grand and epic, and here lies the downfall. I still recommend it, but I cannot say that I felt the same powerful impact as the first story. I simply enjoyed hearing more about my favorite characters and meeting new ones.
Stockwin's first novel was written with very short chapters, each one a kind of short story with intense conflicts and climaxes. This novel has much longer chapters, so there are several plotlines and themes throughout each one. Some, like the deserting soldiers who become sailors under Kydd's tutalege, are brought up but never given closure. We never know what happens to these soldiers once they are accepted on board. This is just one of many instances where I had questions that were never answered.
I won't give away the ending, but I must say it was unsatisfying to the extreme.
I'm afraid I'd give away too much of the plot if I were to critique it further, so I'll end here. If you enjoyed the characters of Kydd and Renzi, then by all means keep up with them, but don't expect the power of the first book.
I hope by the third book the author will have learned his craft and can handle this new storytelling style, if he keeps at it, or goes back to his first style, which was remarkably well done. I almost gave this only 3 stars, but compared to most books, the details and drama still just barely warrant a 4.
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Hoped for better 12. Juni 2002
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Having enjoyed the first novel, Kydd, where a youngster learns square-rigged sailing from the bottom, I had hoped this might develop into a great new series. I feel this sequel is instead pitched at a young adult reader, for Kydd stays naive yet prescient. Stockwin writes of a voyage that covers a lot of territory and eventually goes around the world. What takes Patrick O'Brian 3 books to accomplish is done in one here, and only a few unexplained technical sailing terms show up. That will please readers looking more for action than ambiance or accuracy. The language is inconsistently hearty, antique, and salty. The story is necessarily episodic and superficial. It is also a tad pat and too easy for Kydd, who takes his first "step" (promotion) in the course of the voyage. While he is meant to be admirable it's a little hard to admire him because the psychology is simplistic, and he often runs out on people he is involved with. His friend Renzi, slumming among sailors as a penance, is far more principled. Stockwin includes an historical afterword, but it applies only to the very first episode in a long book, so perhaps we are to assume all the other incidents are fictional?
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Up there with the best 31. Januar 2005
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Sensitive writing and deft plot handling continue the good work started in 'Kydd'. The pairing of down-to-earth Kydd with the intellectual Renzi reminds one of Aubrey and Maturin in the O'Brian series and the literary edge it gives to those books. On page 8 there is a neat piece of homage to Patrick O'Brian when, to Renzi's stunned amazement, the crew casually swig premier cru Haut Brion like it was common blackstrap.

After the humdrum life on 'Duke William', Kydd and his mates are transferred to the 32-gun frigate Artemis, where he immediately finds action in a bloody one-to-one battle with an adversary of similar size. On a high with excitement and adulation after the success, Kydd is brought sharply back to earth by his sister's news of their father's failing eyesight. Seeing his dreams crumbling around him, he returns home - gutted, and is slowly succumbing to apathy when Renzi appears, galvanizing him into action with a plan which promises to put all to rights.

Kydd is soon off to sea again on a secret mission, where a sensitively-written romantic interlude suddenly evolving into entrapment is handled by Kydd grasping it like a nettle. Renzi's reaction to this interlude leaves us wondering if his friendship with Kydd is all it seems on the surface, or are there suppressed desires beneath?

Kydd is roused from his introspection by promotion and an unexpected visit to the South Seas, where Renzi's sexuality is established, but his ideals of the 'noble savage' are dispelled in a horrific way. The voyage home is beset by problems, culminating in a real cliff-hanger - followed by a taster of the next book 'Seaflower', and, as we have come to expect in this genre, a historical note outlining the facts behind the fiction.

This is up there with the best. ****
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