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  • Published: 1 April 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099528265
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $19.99
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In the King's Name




The new Bolitho novel from our greatest living naval writer.

It is January 1819, and Captain Adam Bolitho ships out from Falmouth bound for Freetown, on the old the slave coast of Africa. H.M.S. Onward carries sealed orders in the strongbox below deck. But why all the secrecy and apparent urgency? And why Onward, so soon after the Mediterranean, and that bloody action with Nautilus?

On their way back into port having completed their mission, the crew of the Onward spy the debris of an allied frigate, destroyed as if taken by surprise. Bodies are strewn among the shark-infested waters and no enemy in sight. A single word frozen on the lips of the dead. Mutiny. The men begin to question who is friend and who is foe.

All is not well aboard the Onward; envy and hunger for power consume some of the crew, but they must band together and risk their lives, in the name of the King. A searing and gripping tale of trouble on the high seas, and of the weakness of the human spirit, In the King’s Name heralds the return of our greatest living maritime writer and the legendary Adam Bolitho..

All is not well aboard the Onward; envy and hunger for power consume some of the crew, but they must band together and risk their lives together, in the name of the King. A searing and gripping tale of trouble on the high seas, and of the weakness of the human spirit, In the King’s Name heralds the return of our greatest living maritime writer and the legendary Adam Bolitho.

  • Pub date: 1 April 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099528265
  • Imprint: Arrow
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Alexander Kent

Alexander Kent is the author of twenty-eight acclaimed books featuring Richard Bolitho. Under his own name, Douglas Reeman, and in the course of a career spanning forty-five years, he has written over thirty novels and two non-fiction books.

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Praise for In the King's Name

“One of our foremost writers of naval fiction... authentic, inspiring, well characterised and, finally, moving”

Sunday Times

“Excellent...comparable to the wonderful Hornblower novels. Kent describes characters and actions with great clarity and skill”

Independent on Sunday

“The storytelling has an easy mastery, how well Kent knows the psychology of navalmen”

Sunday Telegraph

“One of our foremost writers of naval fiction... authentic, inspiring, well characterised and, finally, moving”

Sunday Times


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