SLOTerp wrote:I haven't run across those novels nor have I read the Hornblower ones, also recommended to me. I was planning on getting to the latter sometime in the future. Have you read them? If so, which do you think are better and why? I like good storytelling more than accurate historical detail.
Watch those rakes - they can be devastating.
To get close you sometimes have to get some bruises! But I'm not sure how firing works.
I've read all 3 of them; but there are other series, as well. The Hornblower series more or less set up the genre, though Hornblower was also based, in concept, on earlier story series of the self-rising young hero (e.g. Horatio Alger). I'm sure that David Weber was inspired by Hornblower when he wrote his Honor Harrington books.
I've read Hornblower. It was ok. It was the second of the Age of Sails series I read (first being Boitho) so it had some things I didn't like about it. The biggest being that you do not see returning characters except for Mr. Bush. And I hated what was done to him. Also George, Honor Harrington was influences by Hornblower. The author has said so in numerous interviews. It is also why she is named as she is. It is an homage to HH.
I read Patrick O'Brien but I only read about 6 or 7 of the books as I found I hated Jack Aubrey. I am not a big fan of anti-heroes which is why I never really got into Breaking Bad or Dexter.
I have read 4 or 5 of the Alan Lewrie novels by Dewey Lambdin. Good books but I have the same problem as Jack Aubrey. Lewrie is a bit of a dick as a character and I don't really like anti-heroes.
Now my favorite series is Richard Bolitho series written by Alexander Kent. They are good books because they are not nautical term heavy like the O'Brien books. Another thing I like about them is that some of the characters return in the later novels, i.e.a Captain from when Bolitho is a Midshipman or Junior Lieutenant shows up in a later novel as a Flag Officer, or a character who is a Midshipman when Bolitho is a Lieutenant or Junior Captain will appear later as an officer when Bolitho is a Flag Officer.
There are a couple of other good series out there that are newer such as the HMS Themis novels written by S. Thomas Russell. This series follows a Master Commander who keeps getting passed over for captain and permanent command because his Naval Captain father is dead and his mother is a French woman who moved to the US and remarried after her husband died at sea.
Another one is a series by William Hammond that focuses on an American naval officer. The first book is set during the American Revolution. The next books are set in the Barbary War and I think the Quasi War. Not sure I really liked them. Very little sailing terminology and the action is kind of lame.
And finally there is the Tom Kydd series by Julian Stockwin. I originally liked this series because the main character, Thomas Kydd starts out as a pressed man. It isn't until the 5th book that he gets promoted to Officer. So it gave the genre a different point of view. Down side is that the writing style is sometimes dull. I think I last book I read was the 10th and I didn't finish it because the main character was stuck in port in South Africa. However, the first few books are worth the read.