Author – M.C. Muir
Genre – Action Adventure, Historical Nautical Fiction
236 Amazon Pages
Rating 5 stars our of 5 Posted 12/30/16
Capt. Oliver Quintrell, commanding the British 32 gun frigate Perpetual.
Capt. Wm. Liversedge, commanding the British 74 gun ship of the line Stalwart.
My impressions: cruel, carnage, hardship, dictatorial control, slaughter, fanatics,
The Seventy Four is an intense seafaring yarn set in the early 1800s that is sure to draw acclaim from fans of historical nautical fiction. Accounts of the horrible living conditions and treatment of the common sailors will appall those new to the genre.
Captain Quintrell is the primary character. The majority of the story takes place while the ships are underway. Soon the reader is drawn into the history of the Irish hatred of the British from the atrocities committed against the Irish population during the 1798 Irish rebellion. This underlying hatred plays a large role throughout the plot. A detailed account of the deep-seated feelings of the typical Irish seaman toward the British accounts for a considerable amount of the dialog and narrative.
Early on the reader picks up undercurrents of anguish and hints of pending mutiny aboard the ships. And mutinies there are. Control of the Stalwart and a captured French frigate change hands amid subterfuge and double crossing as the mutineers attempt to find and possess a trove of silver taken from a Spanish ship and believed to be stored aboard the Stalwart. When captured French seamen are confined with Irish mutineers the result is gruesome and bloody.
Editing and sentence structure are good with only a few minor errors.
The plot is complex with many twist and turns and a surprise at the ending.
Details are extensive and paint vivid images of the main and supporting characters and the ships.
Time spent on research of the period and its sailing ships is evident.
The story is recommended for fans of historical nautical fiction and those readers looking for additional action/adventure genres. This is book five in the Oliver Quintrell series.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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