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Julian Stockwin was sent at the age of fourteen to Indefatigable, a tough sea-training school. He joined the Royal Navy at fifteen before transferring to the Royal Australian Navy, where he served for eight years in the Far East, Antarctic waters and the South Seas. In Vietnam he saw active service in a carrier task force. After leaving the Navy (rated Petty Officer), Julian practised as an educational psychologist. He lived for some time in Hong Kong, where he was commissioned into the Royal Naval Reserve. He was awarded the MBE and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He now lives in Devon with his wife Kathy. More information can be found on his website at


'Well-written mixture of high-seas adventure and character-based drama ... impossible not to enjoy' -- Booklist 'Elegantly plotted ... the writing has the power of a broadside at close range.' -- Oxford Times 'More historically accurate than the Patrick O'Brien series' -- Royal Navy Sailing Association journal on the KYDD series 'This latest book is as fresh as the first to be published ... the characters have matured as the tales unfolded and each story adds a new layer of complexity ... a fictional tale that takes forward the careers of his two heroes in such a natural way that they feel to be a genuine part of history, interacting with the real story of Nelson, Trafalgar and Victory.' -- Firetrench 'The book doesn't disappoint. Blended with fact and fiction, it is written with authoritative detail by a gifted storyteller who is passionate about the Great Age of Sail.' -- Western Morning News 'This heady adventure blends fact and fiction in rich, authoritative detail. The author closely follows historical record, taking readers into the world-defining events of 1805.' -- Nautical Magazine 'The full-blooded seagoing adventures of Commander Thomas Kydd reach another thrilling chapter as our hero's ship joins Admiral Nelson's fleet in a determined move to thwart Bonaparte's plans for the invasion of England.' -- Peterborough Evening Telegraph 'The false sightings of the enemy fleet, Nelson's dramatic chase across the Atlantic to the Caribbean and the final confrontation at Trafalgar are all expertly described. Stockwin's descriptions of the bloody reality of naval combat 200 years ago are memorably vivid, and reveal a profound respect for the seamen who were willing to sacrifice their lives to help save their country.' -- Yorkshire Evening Post 'I was turning the pages almost indecently fast' -- Independent on KYDD 'Another thundering good read for those who love seagoing stories in the Hornblower mould' -- Peterborough Evening Telegraph on TREACHERY 'Another ripping yarn' -- Good Book Guide on TREACHERY 'Stockwin paints a vivid picture of life 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 on KYDD 'Stockwin is a born storyteller and a man with a vivid imagination. Importantly, his research is accurate and first class.' -- Flagship on TREACHERY 'You'll live life at sea and in those times throughout this novel. Much has been written about the Battle of Trafalgar. Much has been said about Lord Nelson. Be there, meet him, in the pages of VICTORY.' -- Booksville

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