Acting for the Admiralty's Secret Department, Captain Nathaniel Drinkwater advertises his cargo of Russian military stores, thus embarking on a scheme to flout Napoleon's Continental System and antagonize the French Emperor's new ally, Czar Alexander.
Captain Richard Martin Woodman retired in 1997 from a 37-year nautical career. Woodman's Nathaniel Drinkwater series is often compared to the work of the late Patrick O'Brian. Woodman is the author of some two dozen nautical novels, as well as several nonfiction books. Unlike many other modern naval historical novelists, such as C.S. Forester or O'Brian, he has served afloat. He went to sea at the age of sixteen as an indentured midshipman and spent eleven years in command. His experience ranges from cargo-liners to ocean weather ships and specialist support vessels to yachts, square-riggers, and trawlers. Said Lloyd's List of his work: "As always, Richard Woodman's story is closely based on actual historical events. All this we have come to expect—and he adds that special ambience of colourful credibility which makes his nautical novels such rattling good reads."
Under False Colours Contents
PART ONE: THE BAITING OF THE EAGLE
1 Upon a Secret Service
2 Baiting the Eagle
3 The Jew
4 The Gun-brig
5 The Storm
6 Coals to Newcastle
PART TWO: THE LURING OF THE EAGLE
8 The Lure
9 Santa Claus
12 The Iron Marshal
13 The Firing Party
PART THREE: THE SNARING OF THE EAGLE
15 Beaute du Diable
16 The Burial Party
18 The Scharhorn
19 Refuge, Rescue and Retribution
20 Outrageous Fortune
Packed with exciting incident worthy of wide appeal to those who love thrilling nautical encounters and the sea.
Much of the enjoyment of Under False Colours is the fact that Woodman writes with such authority. His mariner's lingo is flawless, and at times, the reader is befuddled with his sheer virtuosity in the area. But the action fills in the terms that the reader may be unaware of, and there is no doubt that Nathaniel Drinkwater rates up there with the best of the nautical world.
Rich in detail, historically accurate, and displaying a masterly knowledge of the technical aspects of ships under sail, Woodman's novel is comparable to sea fiction by masters such as C.S. Forester and Alexander Kent in its evocation of the past age of wooden ships and iron men. Highly recommended for public libraries.
Those looking for high seas action and historical intrigue are in luck . . .
Well written and exciting.
Woodman knows his ships and the sea and is a craftsman of great ability.
Brilliantly told . . . the characters are real and lively, the language similar; but above all it is a convincing and compulsive seafaring story.
Action to the bone, no romantic bilge-water.
. . . for all who like to read about naval action in the 19th century, told with gusto and bravura.