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Halfhyde at the Bight of Benin

Halfhyde at the Bight of Benin It s the s and Royal Navy Lieutenant St Vincent Halfhyde finds himself out of favor with the Navy and on half pay ashore when he is summoned to the Admiralty His mission to sail to the Bight of Be

  • Title: Halfhyde at the Bight of Benin
  • Author: Philip McCutchan
  • ISBN: 9781590130780
  • Page: 305
  • Format: Paperback
  • It s the 1890s and Royal Navy Lieutenant St Vincent Halfhyde finds himself out of favor with the Navy and on half pay ashore when he is summoned to the Admiralty His mission to sail to the Bight of Benin in West Africa and spy on the not so secret Russian presence there As a Russian speaker who is familiar with Benin, Halfhyde is confident he s the man for the job untiIt s the 1890s and Royal Navy Lieutenant St Vincent Halfhyde finds himself out of favor with the Navy and on half pay ashore when he is summoned to the Admiralty His mission to sail to the Bight of Benin in West Africa and spy on the not so secret Russian presence there As a Russian speaker who is familiar with Benin, Halfhyde is confident he s the man for the job until he runs into Admiral Prince Gorsinski, cousin of the Czar and Halfhyde s former jailer.

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    About "Philip McCutchan"

    1. Philip McCutchan

      aka Robert Conington Galway, Duncan MacNeilPhilip McCutchan 1920 1996 grew up in the naval atmosphere of Portsmouth Dockyard and developed a lifetime s interest in the sea Military history was an early interest resulting in several fiction books, from amongst his large output, about the British Army and its campaigns, especially in the last 150 years.

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    1. Imagine, if you will, that Patrick McCutchan set out to write a pre-World War I sailing novel with all of the conventions of the Napoleonic and Revolutionary (American) eras of fighting sail. His protagonist, St. Vincent (after the famous Earl?) Halfhyde, would be a low-ranking naval officer with no political influence or aristocratic connections. He would be totally dedicated to the Royal Navy to such an extent that he rubbed against the grain of those aristocratic (or aristocratic “wannabe [...]


    2. Halfhyde at the Bight of Benin, Philip McCutchan, Kindle edition, 3. Wanting a diversion from my Age of Sail readings, I turned to McBook's Press reprinting of this 1974 original. We go from sail power to the age of coal-fired cruisers. Set in the 1890s, Lieutenant St. Vincent Halfhyde finds himself summoned from half-pay to service on HMS Aurora, a cruiser bound for the waters off Africa. Halfhyde's task is to assess the Russian presence in Benin. Adventures abound, including whorehouses, tortu [...]


    3. Great charactersGreat characters. Interesting story. Halfhyde has nothing to lose, so he'd willing to take risks. Nice historical setting, as naval power is changing.


    4. Found another naval series I haven't read yet. Not napleonic so should be different it was ok. The main character seems like a jerk - not like Sharpe, hornblower, Aubrey, Bolitho - all whom I liked right away. I'm not convinced it would or could have worked out this way. I'm not convinced he could have been fluent in Russian, would have memorized all the navigation instructions for the bight, and would still be remembered by the local population. Not to mention that he was told to prevent a war [...]


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