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Hoare and the Portsmouth Atrocities

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A book by Wilder Perkins

Bartholomew Hoare, an officer in His Majesty's Royal Navy during the reign of George III, has been removed from active duty at sea. He now works under Sir George Hardcastle, Port Admiral at Portsmouth. In mid-June 1805, Hoare meets Eleanor Graves, the … see full wiki

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Author: Wilder Perkins
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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Patrick O'Brian, Hornblower fans take note

  • Feb 3, 1999
As a British naval officer in the Napoleonic War, an assignment on shore is like exile. Mr. Bartholomew Hoare is permanently in that state at the beginning of "Hoare and the Portsmouth Atrocities," when a spent musket ball took away his voice, and an officer incapable of shouting orders is of no use to the Royal Navy. So the naval lieutenant is given work as an assistant to the port admiral of Portsmouth. Hoare has few compensations for his lonely life. His reduced responsibilities may introduce a discordant note to the reader. We have here a maritime mystery that never sails beyond sight of England. "Hoare" wends its way through the story like a ship sailing amid contrary winds, as the lieutenant encounters a woman being set upon by two ruffians on a beach, a mysterious clockwork device found in a small barrel on shore, and at one point investigates the murder of a captain on board his own ship. There's quite a lot happening, and author Wilder Perkins crams into little more than 200 pages no less that three possible life-changing events for Mr. Hoare. The story adheres close to the conventions of the mystery genre, especially at the climax, and it seems that the operations of the conspiracy at the heart of the matter is too complex for its own good. But Perkins has a fine grasp of the Napoleonic era, with its jolly tars, its devotion to a just cause and its officers at home more on board their quarterdeck than on land. One only wishes that Perkins gave us more time to enjoy the experience.

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