The Flag Captain Author:Alexander Kent In enemy waters! In the spring of 1797 Captain Richard Bolitho brought his ship, the 100-gun Euryalus, home to Falmouth. But soon the flagship was pressed into battle, part of a hastily-formed squadron chosen to force the first British reentry into the Mediterranean, a mission demanding both skill and enterprise. In addition Bolitho has to co... more »pe with a new admrial and a mysteriour and powerful civilian whose advice to the fleet would have sinister implications for the future of Britain.« less
An excellent tail with substantial action including several well-told battle scenes. Kent is a predecessor of Patrick O'Brian and I think his writing is more direct and absorbing. Kent's Richard Bolitho is more similar to Hornblower than O'Brian's captain.