• "As with his great precursors Forester, Kent and O'Brian, it is in the great naval set-piteces that Smalley excels. His descriptions of the decisive sea battle that concludes the book is magnificent. He captures the stench of brutal conflict and the stink of unforgiving death in a series of scenes which at once thrill and horrify and which propel readers along at breakneck speed, leaving them, at the very end, gasping for breath. There can be no doubt that Port Royal represents storytelling at its very best."

    Daily Express