A King’s Cutter, by Richard Woodman

Blogging for a Good Book

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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About G. D. Grace of California

After the release of his fifth self-published novel, “Ripped & Ready (season 3)” GD ramped up for a new endeavor in radio, and on September 2, 2010 his first #BlogTalkRadio show premiered. His first two guest were two literary colleagues from two different sides of the tracks — one a former prison inmate-hustler, single father, turned author — the other, an accredited teacher and single father first time author. The intense on-air climate of cultural differences on the show, at one point, became thick enough to slice with a butter knife, however, it was a very successful event. Despite the clash over marketing approaches both authors remained professional and the outcome was a highly entertaining and interesting show. The seasons that followed incorporated talent from all walks of creativity, so in addition to the authors, GD’s guest lineup included poets and recovering addicts, motivational speakers and entrepreneurs, filmmakers and professionals in sports training and health, and also established artists from highly successful television shows, as well as, NAACP & Grammy Winners. Many shows gave us an inside glimpse inside the lives of legends from Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Smokey Robinson, Ray Goodman & Brown, Bruce A. Hawes (extraordinary writer for the Sounds of Philadelphia), Gerald Alston of The Manhattans, The Delphonics, Howard Hewett, and Chris Jasper of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognized Isley Brothers. Legends of literary Stanley Bennett Clay and James Earl Hardy also brought their distinct creative prowess to the show, as did professionals from the Broadway stage. GD’s show eventually caught the attention of World Media and through this friendship many of the legends mentioned above were tapped to be guests on the show. His friend, and often times, mentor, Wayne Barros became an influential part of the legacy that he was creating one show at time. His friendship, love, and direction helped enforce an inner-confidence in GD which allowed him to stretch his producing skills so the show would have an entertaining variety for the live listener and archive listeners. Between the two audience variations the show has been listened to by over 40,000 people. It has been successful beyond GD’s wildest dreams, and as Season 6 approaches, the adrenalin within him increases. He begins assembling the guest list next month in April 2015, and…
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One Response to A King’s Cutter, by Richard Woodman

  1. silver price says:

    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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