The Guernseyman

This book recounts the earliest adventures of Parkinson s hero, Richard Delancey Ranked as a midshipman, when the events of the American Revolution and the ongoing hostilities between France and England send him across the sea, Delancey finds himself instrumental in defending the Isle of Jersey, and later, the Rock of Gibraltar.
The Guernseyman This book recounts the earliest adventures of Parkinson s hero Richard Delancey Ranked as a midshipman when the events of the American Revolution and the ongoing hostilities between France and Engla

  • Title: The Guernseyman
  • Author: C. Northcote Parkinson
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 338
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 1 thought on “The Guernseyman”

    1. Rises from the sea of Napoleonic war British naval fiction. The protagonist is at once more human and more likable than the likes of Horatio Hornblower or even Jack Aubrey. The writing focuses more on his inner life as well. Parkinson’s skillful plotting places his hero at the scene of numerous real historical events.Of particular note to American readers of this volume may be Parkinson’s examination of how the American Revolution looked from the British and Loyalist points of view, and how [...]

    2. Interesting military taleI had expected more sea going, swashbuckling activities. It proved to be interesting in other areas that were very enjoyable

    3. Good Start to a Series This book is a good start to this series that I look forward reading with pleasure. We start with the set up. The background on our hero and the setting, the time and place in which this series will occur all provide the foundation on which the author builds narrative with which to carry this series forward.Notable here is the author’s knowledge of nautical history during the era of sailing ships at war. At times the author is a little overwhelming. With my very basic un [...]

    4. A good startThis is a good start to what I hope will be a new series of naval novels. Now when I started this book it was with a bit of a twist in that the protagonist is a young man, who is not sure of his future by the end of the story he has found his future in the navy. There was a small patch that was a bit slow toward the middle of the book, but that quickly changed for the better. I have to say this was a good start to a new series for me. For others you have to like the works of O'Brian, [...]

    5. This is a well-written period piece regarding the young man joins the British Navy around the time of the American Revolution and ends up in New York City and several other ports in America. The book has more to do with the relationships between the Americans and the British as they try to understand each other than a book about naval warfare in the 1780s. In particular, the pictures he paints of colonial New York City are quite interesting.

    6. I have just read the Delancey novels and rank them with those by Kent, Stockwin, Pope, and Lambdin. Usually I like best the one I am currently reading. Parkinson was a historian so the history is probably accurate. He made observations on organizations and management and we see this in the organization of ships company and development and promotion of subordinates. All this and a first class action adventure.

    7. I couldn't help but like young Delauncey. The author does a nice job of portraying his personal and professional growth, but I thought the story a little slow. The seafaring language was certainly specific, but other scenes were less articulate. All in all, a pleasant read that doesn't require much of the reader.

    8. The GuernseymanThe Guernseyman by C. Northcote Parkinson is fairly interesting look at the British side of the conflict and fighting with the colonies, the French, and the Spanish. The story of the Guernseyman is secondary and not exciting or even very interesting due to its manner of telling.

    9. A Delightful Read I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to the rest of the series. Shades of Alexander Kent and Patrick O'Brian in its authenticity. Unique character study that promises growth in stature. I don't know how I missed this series years ago. But it should promise good reading ahead.

    10. Delancy is a good companion to HornblowerParkinson created a character in the spirit of Forrester's series and has done it well. Set a few years earlier than Hornblower, Delancy has all the tactical and strategic planning skills but is a much more engaging character. Worth reading from both a historical and a literary standpoint as well as being fun.

    11. A very Good read for A history buff.It is a good change of pace to read about the British side of the Revolutionary war, because, it helps to give the reader a more broad account, of all the sides, of history. It adds to our basic knowledge of how we got to were we are today

    12. FA well written tale not oh of a pivotal time in history,but also shows great depth of knowledge of both salesmanship and warfare at the turn of the 18th entry. I would highly recommend this as a must read for a history buf

    13. Parkinson takes you thereParkinson draws on deep knowledge of ships and customs of the era. His characters are not as compelling as Forester's or Sabatini's, but the book will help you get your swashbuckling fix and that's something.

    14. Excellent StorytellingWith lots of details and description, the protagonist and the plot are laid out for the reader of a young man from Guernsey in the British navy during the American Revolution.

    15. Both interesting and informative. Enjoyed learning new nautical terminology and some olde English as well!

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