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1809. After his heroic actions during the retreat to Corunna, Captain Sir Thomas Kydd is the toast of London society. Here he falls in with the legendary frigate captain Lord Thomas Cochrane. 

So begins a relationship, professional and personal, that will be unlike any that Kydd has known: a relationship that will lead him, almost simultaneously, to first glory, then ruin. 

The French fleet is massing in the Basque Roads in a near impregnatable position. The Admiralty orders Cochrane to command an attack, to the chagrin of more senior officers who object to being overlooked and Cochrane's reputation for daring. Cochrane insists that his new friend, Kydd, is in the forefront of the assault armada, a motley collection of rocket, bomb and fire ships that will set the anchorage ablaze - this despite Kydd's almost pathological fear of fire. 

The fallout from what follows will see Kydd financially ruined, with only his former shipmates, his oldest friend of all, Nicholas Renzi, and the whisper of hidden Spanish treasure promising the sea of gold that he needs to save himself. 

©2004 Julian Stockwin (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Critic Reviews

"Paints a vivid picture of life aboard the mighty ship-of-the-line." (Daily Express)

"In Stockwin's hands the sea story will continue to entrance readers across the world." (Guardian)

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Another wonderful episode

I have found this an excellent series; the amount of research that has been put into these books is amazing. Though this wasn't my favourite book in the series, it gave further background into the principle characters but the story I found a bit slow. The narrator, again, goes to astounding lengths in his story telling, his numerous voice characterisations fill out the storyline to a point that it is only missing the creak of ropes and the waves hitting the timbers. I have been listening to audio books for over a decade and Mr. Rodska puts many other narrators to shame. Looking forward to the next book.

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  • LMHL24
  • 13-01-2019

A Sea of Gold by Julian Stockwin

A Sea of Gold by Julian Stockwin excellent read, enjoyed the adventure and the lessons!

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  • Michael
  • 24-12-2018

A Good Continuation of the Kydd Story

I like what Stockwin did with the latest episode in the Kydd series. Well written, and the performance by Rodska was excellent. Only one book in this series was a failure. This was one of the better ones.

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  • Simon
  • 04-11-2018

Here be Treasure!

Julian Stockwin is like the gift that just keeps giving. This is an excellent series that I suspect will just never grow tired of listening to and this is one of the very best of the recent books. There is lots of action, intrigue and for me no little learning about the period in which it is set. Including a welcome adventure for Kydd's oldest shipmate Renzi, now known as Lord Farndon, in the world of high finance. We finally get the two in harness once more with some classic lines and situations.

The book contains an absolute panoply of connected story lines. Oddly the one that fascinated me the most concerned Kydd foraying into the world of maritime insurance. In today's connected world it seems incredible how information of such huge import would take so long to arrive. A world of hand-written notes, great ledgers and gentlemanly agreement and probably none the worse for it.

It's hard to believe that this series has been going so long but when Stockwin can keep the like of Kydd, Renzi, Sturk and co so fresh and introduce new and vibrant characters like the somehow dourly swashbuckling Cochrane to the scene and Rodska can bring them all to life so authentically a prognosis for a long and happy life for the series seems sound.

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  • MNR
  • 10-11-2018

Amazing, cant wait until the next adventure.

cant wait until the next adventure, Rodska is perfect in his naration as he was throughout this an the Hornblower series

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  • Mr. D. E. Wells
  • 05-11-2018

Addictive listening

Patrick O Brian's Cpt. Aubury is excellent, CS Forester' Hornblower is slower but very good but Julian Stockwins Kydd series is the best, I would recommend this to anyone of any age it has the lot, historic and naval facts but best of all a darn good copper bottomed yarn...

I must also say that Christian Rodska has brought the whole series to life in away that I can not see bettered. He is to be congratulated and I buy other books on the narrator as much as the author. Audible take note a good narrator sells more books and Christian Rodska is one of the best.

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  • Uncle Dunc.
  • 31-01-2021

kidd back in action

loved it. kidd and Rensey back in a good story with twists and turns and Tigers crew backing the Captain to the end. spot on story.

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  • markyash
  • 13-12-2020

chop n change

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  • Mr John Dennett
  • 17-04-2020

Intricate Plot

Intricate plot and exciting finish, a good listen , Renzi has been given a good role to play and balances the story line as he has done in previous titles.

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  • Mark Lucas
  • 16-07-2019

Superb!

More splendid adventures beautifully written and superbly read by Christian Rodska.
I have listened to all of them and now pre ordered the next volume!
Mark Lucas

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  • mr j m tattersall
  • 12-03-2019

Wow!

What an excellent collection of novels in the Kydd series.I couldn't resist from continuous listening to these, (much to the anoyance of my wife).I only hope the latest one To The Eastern Seas is not the last one.

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  • It's not me
  • 05-11-2018

Back to great form from a great author

Loved the book much more action than some of the other books in the series

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