Item description for HMS Diamond (The Second Book in the Sir Sidney Smith Series) by Tom Grundner...
The second book in the new Sir Sidney Smith Nautical Adventure Series
Sidney Smith, now "Sir Sidney," is reunited with his friends, Lucas Walker and Susan Whitney.
After surviving the horrors of the destruction of Toulon, Sir Sidney is given a critical assignment. British gold shipments are going missing. Even worse, the ships are literally disappearing in plain sight of their escorts and the vessels around them. The mystery must be solved if Britain is going to maintain its lines of credit and continue to finance the war. But to do that Sir Sidney must unravel a web of intrigue that leads all the way to the Board of Admiralty.
This Fireship Press series is based on the life of Admiral Sir Sidney Smith (1764-1840)
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 9" Weight: 0.78 lbs.
Release Date Aug 27, 2007
Publisher Fireship Press
ISBN 1934757012 ISBN13 9781934757017
Reviews - What do customers think about HMS Diamond (The Second Book in the Sir Sidney Smith Series)?
GREAT READ ABOUT A FORGOTTEN HERO Aug 25, 2008
A well written historically accurate novel surrounding the fall of Toulon in the Napoleonic Wars. What could have been a great victory for the British turned to a diaster. The characters are well drawn and the story doesn't drag. After reading HMS Diamond, I read the first volune which is also a great read. I look forward with eager anticipation to the next volume from Tom Grunder in the series.
The second book in an exciting new series Feb 23, 2008
I enjoyed reading the second book in the Sidney Smith series quite a bit. It is more polished than the first book and the story is just as interesting. Smith and his friends, Lucas Walker and Susan Whitney, embark on a new adventure which takes them to the Mediterranean, the Netherlands and France. The story takes place some 10 years after the conclusion of The Midshipman Prince as the war between England and France is about to resume. As in the first book, there is a nice mix of real and fictional characters. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
Great read! Feb 22, 2008
I finished this book in one day! It's written so well that you don't want to put it down until the final page, and of course, the final page leaves you waiting with baited breath for the next book in the series!
The author has managed to combine memorable characters, with action, adventure and life long friendship that really reads well. The thing that blows you away is that these stories are based on true life events! This isn't about a Hornblower, Aubrey, Bolitho, Ramage "wanna-be" this really happened and you just can't make this stuff up! The book ends with our hero tossed into a French Prison for 2 years for spying and he goes there willingly, for a specific reason, which we will just have to wait for the third book to find out why. This book is well worth your time to aquire and read.
The only problem I see with this series is that the books aren't long enough for me! They make me laugh, they make me cry, and what more could you ask for in a book?
HMS Diamond, A Real Jewel of a Book Jan 6, 2008
HMS Diamond is the second book in a projected series of nautical adenture books set in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Both books written to date are based upon the life and exploits of a real British naval hero, Sir Sidney Smith. He is assisted by fictional characters, including a transplanted American who becomes a medical doctor and a ship's surgeon, and a British Lady who rises in social standing from a lowly birth through brains and pluck.
This book (as well as the first book in the series, The Midshipman Prince) is a riveting adventure book that once begun is difficult to put down. As well as being extemely entertaining, the book is a painless way to become versed in the social and political history of the period. As a bonus at the end of the book, the author has included a "Historical Postscript" for each chapter which separates fact from fiction. The author's breadth of knowledge on a variety of subjects, places, and historical events makes this a very worthwhile book for history buffs as well as those who enjoy nautical adventures. This reader is eagerly anticipating the third book in the series.