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By Force of Arms (Revolution at Sea Trilogy) (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – Großdruck, April 1999

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"'Authenticity runs throughout the book, carrying total conviction'" (Patrick O'Brian)

"'First rate action writing'" (Publishers Weekly)

"'Nelson writes with the eagerness of a young man sailing his first command'" (Patrick O'Brian) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.

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The first in his enthralling REVOLUTION AT SEA series, set during America's War of Independence -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.

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First of all, Nelson probably realized that he simply does not have a tremendous amount of natural talent as a writer (unlike, say, Patrick O'Brian) so he wisely keeps the action moving in this novel. It is true that the novel's quick pace does keep the reader from dwelling on the quality of his prose and the fact that most of the characters are woefully underdeveloped. Nelson does do a good job developing one character, though; Captain Pendexter is a wonderfully three-dimensional bad guy. Also on the plus side, Nelson is obviously extremely knowledgeable on the subject of 18th century sailing vessels and of sailing in general. I also think that Nelson's decision to set his novels during the American Revolutionary War was a good one. The sea novel set during the Napoleonic Wars has been done to death and done very well by several other writers. The action scenes are well done, for the most part. The problem is that Nelson makes the situation just a little too desperate for us to believe that they survive it the way that they do. Also, certain events (that certainly could happen) tend to happen at very convienent times for our heros. The bottom line is that it was a fairly enjoyable novel, but Nelson should make Biddlecomb a little less of an 18th century Dirk Pitt.
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It is not surprising that many reviewers liken Nelson's protagonist to Hornblower rather than Aubrey. When I last saw the author (at Thanksgiving) he confessed that he preferred Hornblower himself! I prefer Hornblower although I might like Aubrey better had O'Brian not taken a dozen volumes to write a trilogy! Hopefully the next two volumes of this work will give us a more three dimensional view of Biddlecomb but as light reads go, the development is at least sufficient. The major drawback to this book is the editing. The book is shot through with typos,the worst of which has the protagonist pacing back and forth on his quarterback! Also I question whether many of the descriptions are readily available to those who are not familiar with sailing in square rig nor with the New England littoral geography. It's a difficult call as certainly this is one of the great challenges of writing historical fiction. The plot turns are also rather too fantastic and require a certain conscious suspension of disbelief. More character development would obviate the need for one Indiana Jones style escape after another. All that being said, I found myself sitting up until 2 AM to finish the book and then kicked myself. I wanted more and now I have to wait for the publication of volume II. That's the sign of an engaging novel flawed or not.
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It's a great tale ... the places and situations that Mr. Nelson puts us through
are exciting and very imaginitive (which is hard to do when you've read all of O'Brien
and Forester). The only gripe I have is that I want to know Biddlecomb more intensly. I loved
Hornblower because I understood, identified, and appreciated his weaknesses and strengths;
in many respects, he became a role model for me. I want that from Biddlecomb. Of course
he must be his own character, but as long as I feel I know him well, I'll be grabbed
more fully by the novel.

One other thing I loved about the book was the presentation of the different vantages
of the book. I got to get inside Pendexter and Wallace for certian parts of the book.
O'Brien is great, but he gets boring sometimes because you're always seeing the
Aubrey/Maturin perspective. Seeing the immature, selfish perspective of Pendexter
especially was a delight.

All in all, it was great and I'll read any and all that Mr. Nelson writess.
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This book is very exciting at times, but it also has its weak points. Nelson does a good job of keeping the action going and he also does a good job of describing the intricate workings of a man-of-war during the late 18th century. I also think Nelson made a good decision by having his books set during the American Revolutionary War and told from the American point of view. The sea novel about the Royal Navy set during the Napoleonic Wars has been done to death and done well by many other authors. Now for what Nelson doesn't do so well. Nelson's writing is not nearly as smooth or brilliantly descriptive as Patrick O'Brian. His characters are mostly one-dimensional, much of the plot is predictable and some of the action is a little unbelievable. I have to admit though, in spite of its flaws, I did find it reasonably entertaining.
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When I purchased this book I assumed it would be written in
a style similar to Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series.
following so closely in it's wake, so to speak. It is not,
though there are some expressions, "Never in Life"
and "Easy as kiss my hand", that I had never read anywhere
prior to O'Brian. The action scenes fall somewhere between
Patrick O'Brian and Alexander Kent. The style is easy with
subtle humor woven throughout. I put it down feeling
that I had just finished another in a series written by
Kenneth Roberts. It put me in mind of his "Arundel" or
"Rabble In Arms". Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the book and
look forward to reading the remainder of the series.

John Minners
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