BOOK OF THE MONTH

Hampshire Life - - Insider's Guide -

‘A cross be­tween “Horn­blower and James Bond” is how the cen­tral char­ac­ter Jack Browne is de­scribed by Rear Ad­mi­ral Paddy McAlpine, ex- CO HMS Dar­ing. Bluestreak, writ­ten by Hamp­shire au­thor Mike Klid­jian, a re­cently re­tired Lieu­tenant Com­man­der of the Royal Navy, is the first in a se­ries fea­tur­ing this highly authen­tic naval hero. The book crams pace, ac­tion and a thrilling plot with tech­ni­cal ac­cu­racy that only some­one who has ex­pe­ri­enced mod­ern war­fare at sea could know.

Jack Browne is serv­ing as Board­ing Of­fi­cer for the Type 45 De­stroyer HMS Diana on pa­trol in the In­dian Ocean. Dur­ing a seem­ingly rou­tine board­ing, he con­fronts a hyp­notic older man dressed in robes. The man’s team spirit him away de­spite Jack’s in­ter­ven­tion, but Jack is left with the mem­ory of the man’s pierc­ing eyes and an un­nerv­ing feel­ing that they will meet again.

The ar­rival of a stricken su­per yacht presents a good op­por­tu­nity for Jack and his team to use their ex­per­tise in ‘Fast Rope In­ser­tion’. Jack saves the yacht and the crew, but all is not what it seems.

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