SAIL - - Letters -

I thor­oughly en­joyed Jef­frey Mc­Carthy’s ar­ti­cle Taken By Sur­prise (Feb­ru­ary 2018). Hav­ing read all Patrick O’Brian’s Jack Aubrey/Stephen Ma­turin ad­ven­tures, I needed some­thing to fill the hours I spent with Aubrey and Ma­turin. A salty friend rec­om­mended I read the Kidd se­ries by Ju­lian Stock­win. To date, I’ve read 20 of them. There are many sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween the two se­ries, in­clud­ing the his­tor­i­cally cor­rect ac­counts of the time pe­riod, cap­ti­vat­ing bat­tles and com­pelling per­sonal re­la­tion­ships, to name a few. Per­haps the best part is that Stock­win is still writ­ing won­der­ful Kidd ad­ven­tures. I de­vour them as soon as they are pub­lished. — Capt. Char­lie Hent­ges, Ma­rina Del Ray, CA

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