The Pursuit

  • by Peter Smalley
  • Narrated by Michael Tudor Barnes
  • 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

HMS Expedient and her crew have survived their most perilous commission yet: the dead have been buried and the battle scars repaired. Captain James Rennie is anxious to be active again after a year on the beach. And this time he longs for regular service with the Fleet as opposed to the extraordinarily dangerous detached missions he has been assigned by Britain's shadowy spy masters in the last few years. His friend, Lieutenant James Hayter, is haunted by his past and he too longs for the sea .
Both will find their escape, but not in the circumstances they would have wished. Once more the summons comes for a secret voyage, in pursuit of a heavily armed neutral vessel. Aboard the ship lies a secret that could change the course of the coming war for Britain, and the loss of which could tip the balance irrevocably in favour of Revolutionary France.
From a fog-bound Thames Estuary to the limpid waters of the Norwegian fjords, through the storm-mad Atlantic and finally to Boston, Rennie and Hayter must play a deadly game involving sea battles, mutiny, and breathtaking deception. And, of course, the only stakes in the game are victory or death.

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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. Previous books i have listened to spent a lot of time setting the scene. Not the case here the story moves at a pace I liked. With lots of twists and turns. Well narrated. I was disappointed when it ended.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Colly cutton- the captains servant - wonderfully disrespectful


Have you listened to any of Michael Tudor Barnes’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I thought this the best Id listened too.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definitely, I listen mostly in my vehicle and often sat on the drive listening to reach a point where I thought I could stop.


Any additional comments?

Michaels voice interpretation for Captain Rennie makes me think that this is How Captain Jack Aubrey would have sounded!

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-09-2010
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks