Commander Thomas Kydd is devastated by the unexpected death of his fiancée, Rosalynd. Distraught with grief he embarks on a mission to protect the Channel Islands that ends with betrayal and the loss of his command.
With only his old friend Nicholas Renzi standing by him, Kydd becomes a privateer, sailing the Atlantic in search of wealthy French merchant ships and Bonaparte’s fighting vessels—ruthless in his ambition to secure once again the riches and glory he has lost.
This is an entertaining nautical yarn, and fans of Aubrey, Hornblower and Drinkwater should certainly find much to enjoy in the adventures of Thomas Kydd. My only reservation—and it is only a small niggle—is the frequent phonetic rendering of the hero’s dialogue, of which I am not a huge fan. A small sprinkling provides flavour; too much is overpowering and verges on pantomime.
That aside Treachery is a jolly good read, even for readers new to the series.
The Privateer's Revenge
344 (UK), 352 (US)