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The blooding of the guns
Fullerton, Alexander, 1924-
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Publication Information:
Leicester : Ulverscroft, 1987.

1987, ©1976
Physical Description:
502 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
General Note:
Originally published: London : Joseph, 1976.
Format :

On Order



Introducing young Nicholas Everard at the Battle of Jutland, the first of the nine volume Everard Naval Series spanning the years 1916 to 1943. On the last day of May, 1916, one hundred and fifty British ships, manned by sixty thousand sailors, confronted the German High Sea Fleet of one hundred ships and forty five thousand men in the icy North Sea off the coast of Jutland. This epic battle is the subject of the first in the series of naval novels featuring Nicholas Everard and his sons. A meticulous and dramatic recreation of an historic confrontation, it is filled with action, tension and heroism. This is naval warfare, as close as one can get without actually having been there.

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Library Journal Review

Although several volumes of Fullerton's naval adventure series have been published to high acclaim in the United Kingdom, this book marks the U.S. debut of the series. The star of the series is Nicholas Everard, a young naval officer in the British navy during World War I. In this first volume, Everard plays a role in the Battle of Jutland, an important and decisive encounter in May 1916 involving 150 British ships and 100 ships from the German High Fleet. Unfortunately, the novel suffers from trying to do too much. The focus is diffuse; instead of concentrating on Nicholas, the author shifts to his brother, David, and his Uncle Hugh, who are also naval officers in the battle but on different ships. This results in a choppy and confusing narrative, as well as uneven characterization. Although the volume is far from satisfying, naval adventure series (e.g., Patrick O'Brian's more successful Aubrey-Maturin books) are perennially popular with patrons. Large public libraries, then, may want to consider. Fred Gervat, Concordia Coll., Bronxville, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.