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Around the world with Francis Drake

  • Mar 29, 2013
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The title of my review is a bit misleading because, even though the book is about Drake's voyage of circumnavigation, this volume only takes the fleet from Plymouth to the Cape Verde Islands. It also leaves the narrator, Peregrine James, in considerable danger, which it can be assumed will be further explored in the next book in the series.

It's a well written book, and brings a lot of sea knowledge to the reader, and it's set up in a way that is quite easy to understand. There's danger at almost every point in the narrative, and James escapes death several times. There's also something going on about unknown people trying to interfere with the expedition, for whatever unknown reason. Drake keeps his crew in the dark about his ultimate destination, and that causes some grumbling, but he appears to have the common touch of convincing them that he has their best interests at heart, and they believe him.

The characters are well drawn, particularly Drake, and just reading about how he goes on with his daily affairs in very interesting. A lot of the crew tend to be only names, but that's not surprising when dealing with a host of minor characters. James himself is fully fleshed out, with all of his idealism intact, even though it tends to get him in serious trouble. I'm quite anxious to read the next volume to discover how James gets out of the predicament that the author left him in at the conclusion of this book.

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The title of my review is a bit misleading because, even though the book is about Drake's voyage of circumnavigation, this volume only takes the fleet from Plymouth to the Cape Verde Islands. It also leaves the narrator, Peregrine James, in considerable danger, which it can be assumed will be further explored in the next book in the series.      It's a well written book, and brings a lot of sea knowledge to the reader, and it's set up in a way that is quite easy to …
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"I was privileged to receive an advanced copy ofAt Drake's Command, which tells the story of a young cook who joins an expedition under Francis Drake.... I highly recommend it."
--Reviewed by David Hayes in HistoricNavalFiction.com

"I really enjoyed reading this book. It is incredibly well written, and the subject matter is very interesting. It's a very quick read, and it's also historically educational. I'm also going to say that the ending caught me completely by surprise. I never saw it coming, and it blew my mind. The entire book was really good, but the ending just put it over the top."
--Military Dad Blog

"The reader is treated to several wonderful characters--some historical, others fictional--in this opening chapter.... Whether a main character or a secondary character, Hill has given the reader excellent first impressions of them all. Finally, the ending of this chapter is outstanding. It will definitely encourage the reader to turn the page." 
--The Book Connection, First Chapter Review

"Hill is in good company with C.S. Forester and Patrick O’Brien"
--Adventures of Maritime History

"This is a beautiful, beautiful novel.... If you are fond of sea adventure or pirates ... this is a book that deserves your attention."
--Half-Filled Attic

"At Drake's Command is a choice pick for those who like the old seafaring adventures."
-- Midwest Book Review


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