Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers
Book Review of --
Mister Tidwell Gunner by L. Ron Hubbard
Overall star rating --- 3
About the book:
Imagine a young Laurence Olivier cast as a scholarly Oxford professor—an academic snatched out of his bookish world and pressed into service aboard Lord Nelson’s legendary British fleet—in the position of schoolmaster. Such is the life of the land-loving, seafaring Mister Tidwell, Gunner.
Thrust into service at the height of the Napoleonic Wars, Tidwell soon finds himself directly in the line of fire and way out of his depth. Fate has cast him into a terrible and terrifying spot—alone on deck to face the fearsome approach of a French man-o’-war.
The professor is about to get an object lesson in war, self-reliance . . . and survival. Overwhelmed by the smell of gunpowder, the sound of cannons, and the sight of death, he will either experience the sweet taste of victory . . . or the bitter taste of his own blood.
Book creation ratings:
* Max. total of 30 possible *
Overall total, out of 30 -- 27
-- Story & characters -- 10
-- Cover & title -- 8
-- Editing & formatting -- 9
* based on a 1-10 scale with: 1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*
The review --
This book actually has 3 short stories in it, the book title being one of the stories. They all deal with ships and the sea, back in the old days of vessels with sails; and all are very well written. I think that the title story is my favorite among them all. A quick, fun read for those who love stories about the old sailing ships. The book also includes a very good biography of the author, including some great pictures.
Genre -- old sailing ship tales
Age recommendations -- 15 and up
Sex content rating -- none
Violence rating -- quite a bit, as these are sailing ships in the throes of battle.
** The author's links **
Amazon author page