Britannia’s Spartan: The Dawlish Chronicles: June 1859 and April – August 1882Posted: December 15, 2015
This book is set in the far East, and begins with an excellent description of Admiral Hope’s attempt to take the Taku Forts in 1859, and Midshipman Dawlish’s part in the failed attack. The narrative then switches to 1882, when the newly promoted Captain Dawlish has just taken command of HMS Leonidas, a new cruiser, and the first of her class to be commissioned.
I will not include any ‘spoilers’ in this blog entry as I am sure that some of my regular readers will enjoy reading this book for themselves, but suffice it to say that the main action takes place in and around the Korean Peninsula at a time when both China and Japan were vying with each other for control of the area.
This is an excellent read, and follows on from the previous books in the series:
- BRITANNIA’S WOLF: THE DAWLISH CHRONICLES: SEPTEMBER 1877 – FEBRUARY 1878
- BRITANNIA’S REACH: THE DAWLISH CHRONICLES: NOVEMBER 1879 – APRIL 1880
- BRITANNIA’S SHARK: THE DAWLISH CHRONICLES: APRIL 1881 – SEPTEMBER 1881