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Free eBook The Midshipman Prince (The First Book in the Sir Sidney Smith Series) download ISBN: 1934757004
Author: Tom Grundner
Publisher: Fireship Press (August 27, 2007)
Language: English
Pages: 272
Category: Imaginative Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
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The Midshipman Prince book. The First Book in the Sir Sidney Smith Nautical Adventure Series How do you keep a prince alive when the combined forces of three nations (and a smattering of privateers) want him dead?

The Midshipman Prince book. The First Book in the Sir Sidney Smith Nautical Adventure Series How do you keep a prince alive when the combined forces of three nations (and a smattering of privateers) want him dead? Worse, how do you do it when his life is in the hands of a 17 year old lieutenant, an alcoholic college professor, and a woman who has fired more naval guns than either of them?

Sir Sydney Smith was Nelson, Indiana Jones with a smattering of James Bond all rolled into one and there are .

Sir Sydney Smith was Nelson, Indiana Jones with a smattering of James Bond all rolled into one and there are simply no other in depth works on this extraordinary man. On the strength of an online recommendation I bought all four in the series. A puzzling aspect of the book is that the character in the book refered to in the title, The Midshipman Prince, or Midshipman William Hanover, turns out to be only a supporting character in the book. I have not continued the "Sir Sidney Smith" series yet, but Sidney Smith in this book is also a supporting character to Lucas Walker, so I do not know how the series is named after him!?

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Kirimath
I had such high hopes for what promised to be a fascinating insight into the life and exploits of one of England's greatest unknown heroes. Sir Sydney Smith was Nelson, Indiana Jones with a smattering of James Bond all rolled into one and there are simply no other in depth works on this extraordinary man. On the strength of an online recommendation I bought all four in the series. They have been happily ensconced on my iPad for some months as I finished off other tomes, saving what I hoped would be the best till last.

Instead of revelations about Sidney, we are inundated with the exploits of another 'hero' - Walker (who the bloody hell is Walker) with his drink problem, who instantly learns all about seafaring in three paragraphs, brings a mariner back to life (?), suddenly becomes McGuyver and proceeds to blow up a warship (give me a break) and then is treated as an equal by the captain of a rescue vessel and what follows is the most embarrassingly poor conversation ever written between a subordinate and a senior officer. Did I mention that Walker is an unqualified American Doctor/midshipman aged 19?

I had an inkling the writing was poor bordering on banal, but really - would even a 19 year old in the 18th century commend a female rocket launcher (astonishing how accurate she was considering she was wholly inexperienced) by bellowing "Way to go, gunner..." I even managed to overlook "we'll kick your navy's ass from one ocean to another..." and sphincter tightening high five. I really did try, I honestly did...

I gave it another chapter, if only to justify the complete waste of money spent buying all 4 volumes, and gave up - something I very rarely do with any book.

To the would-be purchaser, I would offer "Buyer beware, no refunds." If you are an avid reader of 'real' naval books of this era, I would avoid this tosh like ebola. However, if you are pre-pubescent illiterate who considers Manga and Judge Dredd to be literature then buy away - you probably deserve this.

Despite all this, there IS a story in there somewhere, if only the author knew how to write it without assailing his readers with appalling diction., unbelievable characters, impossible dialogue and 21st century smarts. Sir Sidney certainly didn't deserve this unexpurgated piffle.

A very reluctant one star for being prolific if nothing else... "Way to go, gunner..." Oh dear...
Skunk Black
I will say that this book holds some interesting historical parallels and that I always love reading any book involving tall ship life/adventures. The story was exciting enough to keep me turning pages and the circumstances surrounding Lucas Walker, the main character of the book, and how he ends up in the service of the British navy were interesting and put Lucas in an interesting predicament.

I gave this book 3 stars because of the almost laughable lack of editing. There are so many punctuation errors, spelling errors, and extra or missing words that this becomes a distractor when reading. I also beleive that when reading a book the reader is taken to, and immersed in, the time period of the book, in this case the 1780's. Grundner is masterful in stating with in-depth accuracy the processes of running and sailing a ship of sail, and as I stated earlier the historical relevance of the action in the book is engrossing. But when I am immersed in the action below decks of a sailing ship, and the ship is clearing for action and the big guns are being run out, I do not want to be interrupted with a 20/21st century note on how OSHA would find the safety conditions deplorable! This jolts the reader out of the moment and adds to the many detractors within the book.

A puzzling aspect of the book is that the character in the book refered to in the title, The Midshipman Prince, or Midshipman William Hanover, turns out to be only a supporting character in the book. I have not continued the "Sir Sidney Smith" series yet, but Sidney Smith in this book is also a supporting character to Lucas Walker, so I do not know how the series is named after him!?

All in all I would not put this on my top read list, but if you find this book laying around and have a few hours to give, you will be entertained.
Rolorel
I am always happy to read potboilers which "adapt" real history in the cause of a good yarn - Cornwall, Scarrow, Sidebottom, Riches, Stockwin, Mallinson are all great proponents of this genre. I do not expect high literature from them and nor do I see them as guardians of the historical record. What I do expect though is some attention to detail, an ability to write convincing dialogue, an avoidance of cod philosophising and at least some modicum of tastefulness.

Unfortunately Mr. Grundner fails in all four of the latter counts. There are some egregious errors concerning the British Navy as it was then and as pointed out by other reviewers. Unfortunately anyone who knows more than a little about the naval history of the period would not have made those errors. The language of dialogue is 21st colloquial and really rather childish (to the extent that at one point I had to check whether I wasn't actually reading an adventure story written for teenagers) and frankly the diatribes about slavery and the future of the US navy were simply irrelevant and boorish. Finally, the scene where one of the main protagonists regains consciousness next to a mangled corpse while thinking he is with a favoured bed companion (and all that might entail) is simply gratuitous and borders on the seriously disturbing - aren't these types of books meant to be fun?

However, writing is not something I could succeed at and this was a new author's first attempt - the premise of the story has possibilities, it's just the execution which was so flawed. Given the enthusiasm of other reviewers, I will try the next in the series and hope for better.