A King’s Cutter, by Richard Woodman

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While many readers are familiar with Patrick O’Brian and his tales of adventure on the high seas during the Napoleonic Wars, told in his Aubrey and Maturin series, there is an armada of less-well-known writers whose fiction set in the days of sail is equally realistic and thrilling. One of my current favorites is Richard Woodman, who writes the Nathaniel Drinkwater series. The series begins with An Eye of the Fleet, but I find the second book, A King’s Cutter, an equally good starting point for the series.

The appeal of Woodman’s series is both in the setting and characters. Woodman has a firm command of naval history and his descriptions of shipboard life and the mechanics of sailing a large vessel all ring true. The battle scenes, while not overly graphic, do not ignore the terrible casualties and the precariousness of life in these actions. From a…

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One thought on “A King’s Cutter, by Richard Woodman

  1. Richard Woodman is a wonderful writer – a craftsman with words. His series of nautical fiction books featuring Nathaniel Drinkwater is one of the very best series in this genre. It may not be quite up there with C. S. Forester’s series about Horatio Hornblower or Patrick O’Brian’s series about Jack Aubrey, but it is fairly close. It is, for sure, fairly close in terms of realism, entertainment and skillful descriptions of life in the Royal Navy, along with other series like Alexander Kent’s Bolitho series , Dudley Pope’s series about Lord Ramage , and Dewey Lambdin’s Alan Lewrie series. Richard Woodman, along with these writers, can create suspense and describe battle scenes incredibly well. He’s also very knowledgeable and writes in a realistic fashion.

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