Signal Close Action

Signal Close Action

(The Richard Bolitho adventures: 14): a fast-paced, all-action adventure on the high seas from the master storyteller of the sea


Fans of Patrick O'Brian and C. S. Forester will not be disappointed with this incredible naval adventure from multi-million copy seller Alexander Kent. With its authentic depiction of life at sea in battle, and its tightly crafted plot and characters, you'll fall for it hook, line and sinker!

'One of our foremost writers of naval fiction' -- Sunday Times
'His dashing character Richard Bolitho is one of the best things to happen to the sea yarn since Hornblower' -- Daily Express
'The storytelling has an easy mastery, how well Kent knows the psychology of naval men' -- Sunday Telegraph
'Thrilling and a delight to read' -- ***** Reader review
'Gripping and accurate' -- ***** Reader review
'A truly brilliant bit of work' -- ***** Reader review
'Kept me enthralled' -- ***** Reader review
'Hard to put them down when you start' -- ***** Reader review

1798: Richard Bolitho prepares to re-enter the Mediterranean. There are rumours of a massive French armada and of the latest type of artillery - and Bolitho's orders are to seek out the enemy and to discover the intentions of his growing force.

Bolitho is well aware that there are others within his ships who are no less dangerous than the enemy - and during the weeks and months in which the squadron faces the hazards of the weather and French broadsides alike, Bolitho knows that far more than his own future is at stake.

A fleet, even a nation, could depend on his decisions and, when he places his squadron between the Nile and the power of France, he must accept the price of the challenge.

Bolitho's adventures continue in The Inshore Squadron

About the author

Alexander Kent

Alexander Kent's great interest in the ships and men of the eighteenth century navy was aroused when he was still at school. Although he attended fleet reviews and explored modern warships and dockyards with his father, he found that the great days of square riggers and battles at close quarters captured his imagination. H.M.S. Victory, Nelson's flagship at Trafalgar, was always high on his list of regular visits.

He served in the Royal Navy as a young man, and saw action in the Battle of the Atlantic and other major theatres of war, but his first love of the great days of sail remained unshaken.

Now firmly established as a leading writer of authentic sea stories, he was the author of twenty-eight acclaimed books featuring Richard Bolitho. Under his own name, Douglas Reeman, and in the course of a career spanning forty-five years, he wrote over thirty novels and two non-fiction books. He died in January 2017.
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