In a daring foray, under the very nose of the French Mediterranean fleet, Lieutenant Lord Nicholas Ramage is to sail his tiny cutter close in to the Italian shore and rescue a party of stranded aristocrats from Napoleon s fast advancing army.
Ramage In a daring foray under the very nose of the French Mediterranean fleet Lieutenant Lord Nicholas Ramage is to sail his tiny cutter close in to the Italian shore and rescue a party of stranded aristo

  • Title: Ramage
  • Author: Dudley Pope Alexander Kent
  • ISBN: 9780935526769
  • Page: 456
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Ramage”

    1. My, my, myWhat a wonderful tale of wooden ships and Iron men, cannon and tall timber, courage and honor and dashing, gallant Naval Officers riding the wind on sleek wooden zephyrs that gallop over frothing seas and race the wind. This is a wonderful book written in 1968 by Dudley Pope, a friend and protégée of C. S. Forester, author of the Horatio Hornblower Novels. Pope's dashing young hero, Nicholas Ramage, must outwit and out last all enemies foreign and domestic. Not only does he have to n [...]

    2. Ramage. You don't want to make him angry. He gets pretty adorable when he's angry.A fun, straight-forward adventure story in the Age of Sail but with a hero who is simply a little too perfect to be true. The plot holds no surprises, but at least the plotting is fast paced and tight enough so that it never gets boring. I found I much prefer the straight-forward storytelling of this book, with a prominent arc of suspense, to the more slice-of-life, episodic narration found in the early Aubrey-Matu [...]

    3. Auf der Rückseite der Unionsverlag-Ausgabe lockt das Zitat der New York Times "Man kann nur jubeln: Eine klaffende Lücke wird gefüllt." zum Lesen, vor allem LiebhaberInnen von Seefahrtsromanen. Nur bleibt für mich am Ende die Frage offen, welche klaffende Lücke damit gemeint ist. Ich habe mit Rafael Sabatinis "Captain Blood" oder Alexandre Dumas' "Schiffbrüche" bei weitem besser erzählte und konstruierte Geschichten gelesen.Die Handlung las sich durchaus flüssig und nicht uninteressant. [...]

    4. Pope's novels, though writing in the tradition of the Hornblower or Aubrey-Maturin novels, doesn't quite capture the romance nor the wholistic approach to representing the period that the other two series offer. With prose and thematic concerns more like Bernard Cornwell's novels, focused on a raw depiction of a rough and tumble world, the novels focusing on trying to capture a raw masculinity rather then to contextualize that masculinity in a more well rounded world. The first novel only moves [...]

    5. Gave this 4 stars. I have read the original Ramage series ( this Ramages father) many years ago. He is a CS Forrester "Hornblower" like Character. This was a good read if you like "Horratio Hornblower" 18th century British naval escapades you will like this one. 

    6. When you've exhausted C. S. Forester and Patrick O'Brian, Dudley Pope is the one you might try next. And he's good. Good, but not great, even though the blurbs will lead you to believe otherwise. The Ramage series is set in the same time frame as Aubrey/Maturin and Hornblower, and the nautical writing is just as good (and sometimes just as impenetrable to us landlubbers), but Pope doesn't quite measure up either to O'Brian or Forester in plot development, writing skills, or character depth. Stil [...]

    7. The beginning of another Napoleonic era sea-faring adventure series, Pope introduces Lt. Lord Ramage. Pope tips his hat to C.S. Forester, setting Ramage in service as midshipman alongside Horatio Hornblower. Readers are therefore assumed to know and spend time comparing and contrasting the two heroes, with different talents, but laboring with similar self-doubt and drive to excel.

    8. Really liked this. I am a fan of historical fiction and have read several of the Master and Commander books (can't think of the actual series name right now) and I enjoyed those but I think now that I prefer the Ramage novels. The characters were a bit more likable while still feeling authentic and the writing was very easy to follow. One of my complaints with the other series was that it took some time and effort to understand the old language being used and this was so much easier and more enj [...]

    9. Rollicking jolly story. Unfortunately it was entirely too predictable. The descriptive phrases were palpable. The emotional hooks were a little contrived. References to more modern time were inappropriate. They detracted from the scene settings. This would be an excellent book for adolescents.

    10. Unexpected Twists and TurnsAn interesting book that I began reading with some hesitation. A few pages in and I was questioning my decision to actually read it but before I put I t down, the story took a turn toward an interesting plot with a number of unexpected twists and turns to the narrative. I'm now intrigued by Ramage and what is next in store for him.

    11. Fabulous. I read this series years ago and I'm pleased to be revisiting it. Great stories, characters one can connect with and super fun. Marvellous books to curl up with and escape into another era.

    12. I found the book extremely dry to start off, but once it gets going its pretty good. There's also quite a bit of dialogue, both internal and external, which sometimes sidetracks the movement and flow of the book. Overall though, I enjoyed this seaworthy tale :)

    13. This is actually a historical romance, although at first it just seems like naval fighting! I think this would be good to read to learn nautical terms.

    14. For people who like naval stories that contain a lot of detail about ships rigging, and sea battle strategies. Not as good as the Horatio Hornblower series.

    15. This first book of the Ramage series by Dudley Pope opens with exciting action on the first page and continues right on until the last (319th) page. Lt. Ramage, Third Lieutenant, on the frigate, HMS Sibella, is shaken awake after having suffered a head wound and a concussion. Initially unaware of where he is, he quickly finds out that he is now commanding officer of the Sibella, which has been shattered by a French two decker and is rapidly sinking. Ramage succeeds in getting the remaining unwou [...]

    16. Dudley Pope wrote the Ramage series at the request of his friend C.S. Forester, and the novels are a worthy successor to the Hornblower series, which is still the gold standard for nautical fiction, as far as I am concerned. Pope doesn't pussyfoot around with the opening - we meet the hero in the heat of battle, when the Captain, First, and Second Lieutenants have all been killed and he must assume command of the crippled Sibella. Though wounded, he quickly realizes the ship will not hold out an [...]

    17. Why has this sat on my shelf for months not being read?? This was amazing! It's a long time since I've been that gripped I've read a book in under 24hours. Pope has a lively and quick style. There is little hanging around and none of the vast passages of description found in other historical fiction. There is naval technicality, and it seems (from my lay-mans perspective) to be reasonably accurate, but it is certainly less pronounced than in Kent or O'Brien. The plot of the story is the main dri [...]

    18. Dudley Pope (1925-1997) was a writer of nautical fiction. He was a friend of C. S. Forester, the author of Horatio Hornblower. Apparently Forester encouraged Pope to write fiction. Pope had written several non-fiction books about naval history. It was this information that triggered me to obtain this book and give Pope a try. I am glad I did.It is 1796 and Lt. Ramage is serving on HMS Sibella. The book starts off right in the middle of a battle. The action continues throughout the book. Ramage i [...]

    19. Pope gives the game away when he actually includes a reference to Horatio Hornblower in the first of his Lord Ramage novels: if you liked Hornblower, you'll probably like Ramage, because it's about a plucky guy on a boat who kills a lot of Napoleonic French.The difference is that Ramage is more of a standard "action hero" than Hornblower. Ramage is no good at chess, math, or whist, but has skill with the throwing knife. While Hornblower came into the Navy at eighteen and got seasick at Spithead, [...]

    20. Dudley Popen "Merisankari" (Tammi, 1966) on historiallinen meriromaani Napoleonin sotien vuosilta. Kijan päähenkilö on Nicholas Ramage, jonka tehtävänä on pelastaa joukko italialaisia aatelisia joutumasta ranskalaisten sotilaiden käsiin. Vauhdikkaat käänteet seuraavat toisiaan ja Ramage asettaa itsensä alttiiksi paitsi ranskalaisten luodeille, myös brittiläiselle merisotaoikeudelle ja kauniille kreivitär Giannalle."Merisankarin" lähin vertailukohta voisi löytyä C.S. Foresterin me [...]

    21. I downloaded this book onto my Kindle app for free from (special deal that was going on) and figured I would give it a try, I mean it was free after all. Great read full of action and adventure and even a little romance (although that's not the focus of the story). No, there aren't any pirates, but there didn't need to be - at least not in this one :). The only thing that some people wouldn't like would be that there are a LOT of descriptions about ships and the rigging and what was happening w [...]

    22. First in a series of 18 books about a British Lieutenant and then Captain at the time of Lord Nelson, this is an enjoyable book (and series) about naval life at the turn of the Nineteenth Century. Although perhaps the Aubrey/Maturin series is better written, that series runs off on tangents about commercial enterprises gone bad, and the intrigues of women at that time, which I found to be tedious. This is more faithful to the Hornblower genre, as is Alexander Kent's Bolitho series. I think on ba [...]

    23. Set in the British Navy during the Napoleonic Wars, this is a novel much like others of that genre--or like Temeraire without dragons. The main character is a plucky young man, thrust into command despite the shame hanging over his family name. There are sea battles and small boats, an alluring foreign noblewoman, political wrangling and desperate missions. It's not really my sort of thing--too much naval jargon and maneuvering without enough wit. I bought this and its two sequels for my dad, bu [...]

    24. This tale of naval heroism is not the best but it is by no means the worst.Ramage is left in command of a sinking ship when all the senior officers are killed in action with the French. Having abandoned his ship he knows that he must carry out the orders if he wants to avoid a court martial. Ramage rescues the Marchesa di Volterr from the Italian coast and must stand trail for the loss of the Sibella and on a charge of cowardice. I liked Ramage as a character, though I did find there was too muc [...]

    25. This was my book to read on the airplane and at poolside on our July vacation to Florida. I was about halfway through at the end of our trip and haven't read any more since then. While I enjoy the time period and subject, the action in this first novel about a lieutenant in the Royal Navy in the age of Nelson is almost all on land. I want my ships bells and my foretopsail yards, not all this landlubberly business. Would like to give it a chance and finish it, but there are so many things to read [...]

    26. I'm a big fan of naval fiction, and stories set in the Napoleonic era, and Pope's Ramage series is one of the reasons why. Well-written, tightly plotted, fast-moving, there's just no bad in the series. There's a lot to love in these books and enough adventure to satisfy almost any reader.Minor spoiler for series:(view spoiler)[I will admit that I lost interest in the series when the later books started being more about Ramage's relationships with women than about his adventures aboard ship. (hid [...]

    27. A man to match the great onesThis was my first meeting with Ramage and I wasn't sure how it would go. But from the beginning to the end it was a good meeting. I won't go into a lot of details, but will say that there is a bit of doubt in Ramage. He is young and has a great deal of family burdens to carry with him. I have to put him in the same class as Hornblower, Aubrey, and Lawrie. Destined for great things with enemies foreign and domestic. If you like any of the figures I mentioned then by a [...]

    28. First read this book in the 1970s. Decided to re-read to provide a comparison with Alaric Bond and Sean Thomas Russell.Dudley Pope's mariner background comes to the fore in ship handling and naval engagements. The romance between the Marchesa di Volterra and Ramage is less sympathetically handled than STR's depiction of the romance between Hayden and Henrietta, but infinitely better than Alaric Bond's depictions of romance.

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