KYDD announces a major new voice in naval adventure writing. Thomas Paine Kydd, a young wig-maker from Guildford, is seized by the press gang, to be a part of the crew of the 98-gun line-of-battle ship Royal William. The ship sails immediately and Kydd has to learn the harsh realities of shipboard life fast. Despite all that he goes through in danger of tempest and battle he comes to admire the skills and courage of the seamen - taking up the challenge himself to become a true sailor. KYDD launches a masterly new writing talent and a thrilling new series. Based on dramatic real events, it is classic storytelling at its very best, rich with action with exceptional characters and a page-turning narrative.
As an O'Brian groupie myself, I began to read suspiciously... I was soon turning over the pages almost indecently fast... Roll on, the promised adventures of Kydd and Renzi on "the legendary crack frigate Artemis". - Christina Hardyment, Independent Friday Review
'Breath-stopping detail . . . An engaging sea yarn' - Kirkus Reviews
Stockwin weaves a fast- paced tale that brings a whiff of the sea and gunpowder. Recommended. - Citylights
Gripping...Rich in action and full of interesting characters, this thrilling novel leaves you in awe of the 18th-century seaman. - Peterborough Evening Telegraph
Impressively full of life - Independent Friday Review
A delightful read... The future holds much for Julian Stockwin and Thomas Paine Kydd. - Bowsprit
With Kydd, Julian Stockwin quickly signals that he is an innovative and accomplished fresh talent in the field, with a complex and richly drawn hero at the centre of an intelligently structured narrative. - Barry Forshaw, Amazon
Stockwin paints a vivid picture aboard the mighty ship-of-the-line... the harsh naval discipline, the rancid food, and the skill of the common sailor are all skilfully evoked. - Daily Express
Julian Stockwin was sent to sea-training school at the age of fourteen, then he joined the Royal Navy at fifteen. He transferred to the Royal Australian Navy when his family emigrated and saw service in the Far East, the Antarctic and the South Seas. In Vietnam he served on a carrier task force. Later commissioned into the Royal Naval Reserve. He was awarded the MBE and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He now lives in Guildford with his wife Kathy.