Item description for The Ramage Companion by Tom Grundner...
Finally!! The Book that RAMAGE Fans Have Long Awaited!
Between 1965 and 1989 the British author, Dudley Pope, wrote the 18-volume Ramage series of nautical fiction novels. With its publication Mr. Pope joined C.S. Forester, and Patrick O'Brian as one of the giants of the nautical fiction genre. While companion books have been written for the Forester and O'Brian series, no one has yet written a companion book for Ramage...
Tom Grundner has created an indispensable guide for the Ramage fan. Written in a light and entertaining style, he provides snapshots of the people, places and events that shaped Nicholas Ramage and his times. It's a treasure trove of information not only for the Ramage devotee, but for anyone interested in 18th and early 19th century naval warfare.
Do you know the difference between a "long nine" and a carronade; the origin of mayonnaise; or how the French press described their victory at Trafalgar? Do you know the precise location of "no where"; the amazing history of the Eddystone Light; or, how to make lobscouse? If you had a duke, an earl and a baron over for a cold one and to watch the game, do you know who gets the pretzels first?
The book that puts the capstone on the Ramage series... The Ramage Companion
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 6" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Nov 15, 2007
Publisher Fireship Press
ISBN 1934757055 ISBN13 9781934757055
Availability 74 units. Availability accurate as of Jan 24, 2017 09:20.
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Ramage Companion?
Indespensible for the Ramage series! May 5, 2008
The Ramage Companion is a much needed book to supplement Dudley Pope's Ramage series. The reader notices right away that the author, Tom Grundner, loves his subject matter. It's a joy to read. So, what's in this book? There is a chapter devoted to each of the 18 Ramage books. At the beginning of each is a synopsis of the book in question. Then comes the treat--several pages devoted to various topics of naval life/warfare during the Napoleonic Wars. For example, mutiny, money, the teredo worm, signals, burial at sea, weapons, songs, food (including recipes!), exams, promotion, windage, points of sail, ratings and dozens of other topcs. This book is chock-full of information. Every chapter has a section called "In a manner of speaking" in which the origin and meaning of various naval phrases is discussed, e.g. posh (although I disagree with Grundner's etymology), half slewed, windfall, and tide me over represent just a few of the many discussed. Dozens of illustrations make the information much easier to understand. Finally, the two appendices, a list of characters and a Ramage Timeline, bring the entire series into perspective. This book has two purposes--first, to have a compact guide to the Ramage series; second, it's for anyone who wants to have a better understanding of naval life during the Age of Sail. The book can be interesting and valuable independent of the Ramage series. Grundner writes in a chatty, informal style that makes this book fun and easy to read. The reader will not get lost in any jargon that is geared to the specialist. It's a good book and I highly recommend it to anyone just getting interested in the Age of Sail.
A nice companion to the naval fiction series Feb 23, 2008
The Ramage Companion has chapters for all 18 books in the series. It gives background information on places, people and events from the books and also provides a timeline for Ramage's adventures. There is a lot of good information in this book which gives insight into life in the British Navy in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Definitely recommended for fans of naval fiction.
An Enjoyable Read Nov 12, 2007
I just got this book in the mail and the author was kind enough to send me an autographed copy. This book is a MUST HAVE for anyone who reads nautical stories, it is filled with lots of interesting information and is written in a very readable style that keeps you entertained while it teaches you history.
Each Ramage book is broken down into its own chapter so you can easily flip to any of the chapters and get a quick idea of what is in the book. There are pictures, graphs and maps of the areas covered in the stories.
I've read other companion books to series and none of them have had the witty, interesting style for the series like this author has done with so much talent. I hope he will think of writing companion books for other naval series in the future.