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The Three Admirals   By: (1814-1880)

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The Three Admirals by William Henry Giles Kingston is a gripping historical fiction novel that takes readers on a thrilling maritime journey. Set during the Napoleonic era, this book follows the lives and adventures of three remarkable naval officers.

The story begins with the introduction of our three main protagonists, Admiral Triton, Admiral Hartland, and Admiral Delaval. Each character is distinct in their personality, background, and accomplishments, yet united by their dedication to the British Navy. Kingston does an excellent job of developing the characters, providing readers with a deep understanding of their motivations and inner struggles.

As the narrative unfolds, we are taken aboard various naval vessels, experiencing the challenges and dangers faced by these brave officers. From intense battles at sea to encounters with treacherous pirates, the author skillfully weaves a tale that keeps readers on the edge of their seats throughout. Kingston's attention to detail is commendable, as he paints vivid pictures of life on the high seas, offering readers a glimpse into the complex world of naval operations.

What sets The Three Admirals apart is Kingston's ability to intertwine historical events seamlessly within the narrative. The story is not only about thrilling adventures but also serves as a reminder of the significant role played by the British Navy during this period. The author explores the strategies, politics, and personal sacrifices behind these momentous battles, providing a well-rounded view of the era.

Furthermore, the book delves into the personal lives of the admirals, offering glimpses of their relationships and romantic entanglements. This adds a layer of depth to the story, as readers become emotionally invested in the characters' journeys both on and off the battlefield.

If there is one criticism to be made, it would be that there are moments where the pacing slows down, especially during certain descriptive passages or the lengthy explanations of naval tactics. While these sections are informative and add authenticity to the story, they may occasionally hinder the overall momentum.

However, this minor flaw does not diminish the overall impact of this remarkable novel. The Three Admirals is a captivating and gripping tale that transports readers to an era of naval prowess and bravery. William Henry Giles Kingston's extensive research and captivating storytelling make this book a must-read for anyone interested in historical fiction or naval history.

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The Three Admirals. Life in the Royal Navy in the 1860s. By W.H.G. Kingston.

This is the fourth in Kingston's tetralogy that begins with The Three Midshipmen, and ends with The Three Admirals. These books were among the first written by Kingston, and were published serially in weekly magazines. Kingston's reputation was made by these books, that first appeared about 1860, and dealt with an officer's life in the Navy at about that time.

By an extraordinary co incidence, the three young men who had met as midshipmen, get postings that enable them to keep their friendships live even when they are Admirals. Another old friend is Admiral Triton, who, is now dead and buries on the Isle of Wight, but they get to visit his grave.

This is actually quite a long book, but it is full of adventures, and you will love it as much as you loved its predecessors.

THE THREE ADMIRALS. LIFE IN THE ROYAL NAVY IN THE 1860s. BY W.H.G. KINGSTON.

CHAPTER ONE.

THE DRAGON OFF THE BONINS A CONVERSATION BETWEEN TOM ROGERS AND ARCHIE GORDON GERALD DESMOND ON THE SICK LIST THREATENINGS OF A TYPHOON IT STRIKES THE SHIP SHE RUNS BEFORE IT THE SHIP HOVE TO THE BOWSPRIT CARRIED AWAY A MARINE WILL O' THE WISP ENTER A BAY IN ONE OF THE BONIN ISLANDS TOM, GERALD, AND BILLY GET LEAVE TO VISIT THE SHORE A BEAUTIFUL CAVERN LAND ON THE ISLAND THEIR DISCOVERIES FISHING INTERRUPTED BY SHARKS A PICNIC BOAT DRIFTS AWAY FROM THE SHORE TOM SWIMS OFF NARROW ESCAPE FROM A SHARK SEE THE SHIP IN THE OFFING PULL AFTER HER A HURRICANE COMING ON FEARFUL DANGER WHEN RE ENTERING THE HARBOUR... Continue reading book >>




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