Set the Seas on Fire

1808 While Europe burns and the Napoleonic Wars set the world aflame, the HMS Fortitude patrols the sea lanes of the South Pacific, harrying enemies of the British Crown The Fortitude s captain sets his sights on a Spanish galleon weighted down with a fortune in gold and spices, but Lieutenant Hieronymus Bonaventure thinks the prize not worth the risk The ship is smashe1808 While Europe burns and the Napoleonic Wars set the world aflame, the HMS Fortitude patrols the sea lanes of the South Pacific, harrying enemies of the British Crown The Fortitude s captain sets his sights on a Spanish galleon weighted down with a fortune in gold and spices, but Lieutenant Hieronymus Bonaventure thinks the prize not worth the risk The ship is smashed by storms and driven far into unknown seas, the galleon and her treasure lost in the tempest Bonaventure and the rest of the Fortitude s crew find themselves aground on an island in uncharted waters Beneath the island s beauty lurks a darker secret an ancient evil buried at the living heart of a volcano.
Set the Seas on Fire While Europe burns and the Napoleonic Wars set the world aflame the HMS Fortitude patrols the sea lanes of the South Pacific harrying enemies of the British Crown The Fortitude s captain sets h

  • Title: Set the Seas on Fire
  • Author: Chris Roberson
  • ISBN: 9781844164882
  • Page: 469
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Set the Seas on Fire”

    1. I read the self-published version of Set the Seas on Fire years ago and loved it. I was heavily into Patrick O’Brian’s books at the time, and the thought of combining seafaring adventure with unexplainable horror really floated my boat.Um. . to speak.Sorry.Anyway, I remembered the book fondly, so when I found out that Chris was re-working and expanding the book, I was all a-twitter. When I finally got my hands on a copy, I jumped right in, hoping that I wouldn’t spoil a good memory. Boy, [...]

    2. This book was easy to read, especially with the glossary at the back to fill in any gaps of period terminology that a reader may have.I found the mix of "growing up" life lessons that were interspersed with the main story line a joy because it have me a glimpse of what the main character was taught by his fencing instructor and how such lessons are applicable to the real world.Recommended for anyone that has even a passing interest in the sailing days and enjoys religious variations from around [...]

    3. As other reviewers have noted, "Set the Seas on Fire" had a fundamentally unbalanced plot. I found the back-story (the sword-fighting lessons between a poor boy and a fencing master) to be engaging and well-written. The story's protagonist, Lieutenant Hieronymus Bonaventure, was also fairly well developed. However, the actual plot felt quite uneven. The beginning was pretty good, but the middle was way, way, way too long. Pretty much the whole plot was taken up by the middle (during which I kept [...]

    4. The supernatural in this story doesn't appear until the last thirty pages or so and if you are looking for horror elements in your seafaring stories then look somewhere else but if you want a well written adventure story this is a fun read.

    5. Easy to read, pleasant enough. It wasn't a bad book, but it wasn't all that good, eitherI know what the author was going for but I don't think it quite reached the ideal. There were quite a few things that I thought should have been re-written to make it more exciting and more gripping, but the biggest flaw is probably the characters. I didn't find Hieronymus to be particularly interesting or relatable, but he was a pleasant enough hero - the supporting cast were all too cheated of development t [...]

    6. Just before the turn of the 19th century, Hieronymous Bonadventure, a young boy of common ancestry, rejects his father's desires that his son follow in his footsteps and become an Oxford scholar. Instead he finds a retired mercenary to teach him, and he spends a decade learning swordplay. Then, burning for grand adventure, he leaves home as soon as he is legally an adult (at 21) and joins His Majesty's navy. Years pass, and most of the book is told after the fall of Bonaparte, when Hieronymous i [...]

    7. After seeing a few reviews of this volume, I picked it up and had high hopes for it. Sad to say it didn't live up to its hype. The plot is a meandering mess if nothing else. Lieutenant Hieronymus Bonaventure and the crew of the HMS Fortitude find themselves adrift in the uncharted waters of the South Seas. The bulk of the novel progresses as a historical fiction novel set in the southern Pacific and is a pastiche to the early navigators accounts of their experiences in the South Seas. If the nov [...]

    8. The problem with this book is its huge redundancy. I do not know what this book is supposed to give me as a reader. This is probably to no or little concern to those readers who just want to read a fantasy fiction novel. And for those people I am sure this book have something to offer- either because you know what you like and want another book just like that or because you are enough of a novice reader to never been exposed to Robinson Crusoe or any of the thousands of its rehashed versions.Shi [...]

    9. Entertaining pulp adventure.Not sure if it lives up to the blurb of "Hornblower meets Lovecraft".The horror elements are almost an afterthought, certainly no build up of dread that Lovecraft is associated with, they are thrown in the same way as the description of island mealsodd.The flashbacks have a Sabatini quality to them which I thought was at odds with the rest too.Having said that, I did enjoy itjust not sure if it was fish or foul (sic - in an eldritch way).

    10. This book was listed as a fantasy at my local library; however, after finishing reading it only the last 20 pages or so were fantasy-like and, even then, not what I was expecting.However, I did enjoy this book - it sure makes me want to read other books set on the high seas. The ending was quite short in comparison with the descriptive beginning and middle, which was kind of a disappointment.

    11. Well written but it doesn't really go anywhere fast. The fantastic elements end up being rather mild. I do like the wold newton thing going on with this and Paragea and other Roberson books.

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