The Tide of War, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (5 ratings)


The second brilliant novel in Seth Hunter's naval adventure series, featuring Captain Nathan Peake. Newly-promoted Captain Nathan Peake is despatched to the Caribbean to take command of the British navy's latest frigate, the 32-gun Unicorn.

But the Unicorn already has a tragic history of mutiny - and murder.

Meanwhile the Revolutionary authorities in Paris have sent the best frigate in the French fleet, the 44-gun Virginie, on a secret mission to spread mayhem from the shores of Cuba to the swamps of the Mississippi Delta.

While the Unicorn embarks on her epic duel with the Virginie, Nathan confronts the seductive charms of Sabine Delatour, witch queen of the Army of Lucumi, the intrigues of the American agent Gilbert Imlay...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Historical adventure
  • ISBN: 9780755357611

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For fans of the Aubrey/Maturin, Hornblower novels, or the naval equivalent to the Sharpe or Flashman series, Hunter's Nathan Peake books are a welcome addition to the military/adventure genre. In 'Tide of War', Hunter builds on his character from his first book, and plants seeds which will undoubtedly sprout throughout the series, giving the reader much to look forward to.

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Tide of War was engaging. It is not as well developed as the O'Brien series but any one who enjoys Aubrey and Maturin will certainly feel that their reading time with Hunter's book was well spent. I look forward to reading the first book of the Nathan Peake series and hopefully many more.

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Book two in the Nathan Peake series, this is a little closer to O'Brien's Aubrey in terms of action and theme. O'Brien, however, used the intrepid Captain Thomas Cochrane as a model, Peake appears to be an invention of Hunter. The amount of research that goes in to this book (and it's predecessor, A Time of Terror) is impressive; there are just those occasional moments of implausibility that seem to me as if the situation could be handled a little better.In The Tide of War, Peake is rewarded for his clandestine services to the Pitts, receiving his promotion to Post Captain and assigned a shiny new frigate. Well, almost shiny new. And there's a bit of a complication -- the frigate is somewhere in the Caribbean. Oh, and his predecessor? The unlucky sot was found by some Spaniards floating with his throat cut. Peake is given the task of finding his ship, and then carrying out it's original mission of hunting down and eliminating a much larger French frigate that had been preying on commerce shipping in the area.Once again, as "adviser," his American ally in France, Gilbert Imlay, was to accompany him. Imlay quickly disappears, but is active in the shadows behind the scene, ending up in the most unlikely of places. Meanwhile, Peake makes a local alliance with the Spanish, helping to defeat some Cajun rebels supplemented by French regulars. Weathering several storms (literally and figuratively), Peake manages to achieve his numerous, and sometimes conflicting, objectives. But he does not do so with grace -- a local official censures him for his conduct and decision, and the book ends before this (and several other threads) are resolved. Not a problem, since the third book will be forthcoming (the series was announced as a trilogy).After the second book, the jury is still out as to whether Peake will become the next Hornblower or Aubrey. Hunter is taking a different approach developing the character, and bringing us to places and times untouched by the others. If you're looking for something more in this vein, Hunter definitely scratches the itch.

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2nd book in the story of Nathaniel Peake - a young post captain of the "Unicorn" in 1794/95 in the West Indies as he battles the larger French vessel "Virginie". The bar is set pretty low on Nautical Fiction (outside of O'Brian and Forrester) - but this one doesn't quite come up to even that low level.

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I read the first in the series of Seth Hunter's Nathan Peake naval adventures a few years back, actually quite enjoyed the story and the character - then forgot all about checking for sequels! I noticed book the second on the library shelf - there is a perk to working in a public library after all - and thought I would try for a lighter seafaring story, after struggling with Mr O'Brian. Seth Hunter (Paul Bryers) is definitely easier on the imagination than the author of the Aubrey/Maturin series, which I suspect inspired the creation of Nathan Peake, and I fell straight back into a companionable appreciation of his quirky hero, here made post captain and given a beleaguered ship named the <i>Unicorn</i>, and her troubled crew, to go after the French vessel <i>Virginie</i> in the Caribbean. The naval jargon is not incomprehensible, the action is well paced , and the instructive but not intrusive blend of historical fact and fiction works well. Also, for readers returning after extended shore leave, like myself, or jumping straight in to the second novel, Hunter helpfully provides a backstory in the first couple of chapters to get everyone up to speed. Great fun in an exotic location - I promise not to wait so long before reading the next novel in the series!