"Stand Into Danger" by Alexander Kent

This is the second book in the Richard Bolitho series. 18 year old newly promoted to Lieutenant Bolitho is appointed as the Third Lieutenant in the 28-gun frigate Destiny. The Captain and 1st Lieutenant, Dumaresq and Palliser respectively, are hard but fair taskmasters and our hero soon settles in. One of his first duties is to recruit hands for the ship. While performing this duty, he meets one the great characters of this series, Stockdale. Stockdale takes care of our young lieutenant and watches his back during the battles. The year is 1774 and they sail on a secret voyage to Rio to discover the whereabouts of lost Spanish treasure for the Crown. There is all the rousing action one could hope for: ship to ship, boarding, and land engagements. This book is a great read and I read it in one sitting. I am trying to get the entire set of Kent books staring Bolitho and I will review them as I find them. I include this book in the Napoleonic category because most of the books in the series take place during the Napoleonic Wars.

Reviewed By Kenneth S. Smith, Jun 1999

Available from:
McBooks Press
Ithaca, New York

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