Richard Bolitho, Midshipman
  • # of Books:
  • First Book:
    January 1975
  • Latest Book:
    February 2011
  • Genres:
    Action Adventure
  • Characters:
    Richard Bolitho, British naval officer
  • Series Rating:
  • Description:
    The Richard Bolitho Novels are an historical military-themed action series set in late 18th Century and early 19th Century England during the Georgian and Regency periods. It follows the adventures of Richard Bolitho, an officer in the Royal Navy. Later in the series the stories are about Richard’s son, Adam. If you love British history and the high seas, with battles set during the American Revolution through the Napoleonic Era, consider the Bolitho novels.

    Author Alexander Kent is the pen name for Douglas Reeman. This series was first published in 1975.
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The Richard Bolitho Novels Series in Order (30 Books)

Order Book Date Rating
1 4.5
2 4.5
3 5
4 5
5 4
6 4.5
7 5
8 5
9 4

10 4
11 4
12 5
13 5
14 4
15 5
16 4.5
17 5
18 5
19 5
20 5
21 4
22 5
23 5
24 4
25 5
26 5
27 4
28 4
29 4

30 4

Book Descriptions for series: Richard Bolitho Novels

  • Book - 1

    Richard Bolitho - Midshipman

    October 1772, Portsmouth. Sixteen-year-old Richard Bolitho waits to join the Gorgon, ordered to sail to the west coast of Africa and to destroy those who challenge the King''s Navy. For Bolitho, and for many of ...

  • Book - 3

    The 26th, and final, Bolitho novel in this phenomenally successful and well-loved series.

    In this, the long-awaited conclusion of Alexander Kent’s midshipman trilogy, the new year of 1774 seems to offer Richard Bolitho and his friend Martyn ...

  • Book - 4

    A historical sea novel in which Richard Bolitho, newly appointed Third Lieutenant on the 28-gun frigate Destiny, learns to accept his new responsibilities as a King's officer as the company face the hazards of conspiracy, treason and piracy whilst on...

  • Book - 5

    "WARS ARE NOT FOUGHT WITH HIGH PHRASES. THEY ARE FOUGHT WITH POWDER AND SHOT, CUTLASS AND CANNON, STOUT SHIPS AND GALLANT MEN..." Fighting from the blood-reddened deck of a great ship-of-the-line--boarding privateers from a launch in an offshore f...

  • Book - 6

    APRIL 1778, ENGLISH HARBOUR, ANTIGUA As the French enter the American War of Independence in earnest, young Richard Bolitho is given his first command: Sparrow -- a fast, well-armed fighting sloop. At last he has the chance to prove his abilit...

  • Book - 7

    The year is 1782. England is fighting for her life in the bloodstained waters of the Caribbean as the frigate Phalarope plunges through shot and shell to join her hard-pressed squadron. Hemmed in by enemy ships, Captain Richard Bolitho finds that...

  • Book - 8

    In 1784, at a time when most of the fleet was laid up, His Majesty's frigate Undine weighed anchor at spithead to begin a voyage to India. As her new captain, Richard Bolitho was glad to go, despite the nature of his orders and the immensity of the...

  • Book - 9

    In 1789, Europe was once again on the verge of war. Under orders from the governor of the young colony of New South Wales, Captain Richard I3olitho takes his frigate Tempest into the perilous waters of' the Great South Sea. His mission: to protect --...

  • Book - 10

    It is 1792, over ten years after Britain's defeat by the American colonies, and that bitter humiliation still sticks in the Admiralty's craw. Now brutal smugglers, many of them naval deserters, occupy the Channel, plying their trade between England a...

  • Book - 11

    This panoramic novel sweeps you into a dramatic period of naval history, as Britain fights the rising power of Revolutionary France. The year is 1793 and the setting is the Mediterranean. Captain Richard Bolitho of the Royal Navy is given command of ...

  • Book - 12

    It's 1794, and England has been at battle with Revolutionary France for almost two years as this sweeping yarn of the sea begins. Captain Richard Bolitho sets sail in the Hyperion with his untrained and undermanned crew for blockade duty off France. ...

  • Book - 13

    In the spring of 1797 Captain Richard Bolitho brought his ship, the 100-gun Euryalus, home to Falmouth. But soon the flagship was pressed into battle, part of a hastily formed squadron chosen to force the first British reentry into the Mediterranean,...

  • Book - 14

    The year is 1798. Napoleon's naval forces are amassing in the Mediterranean, preparing to annex Egypt, and it is there the newly promoted Commodore Richard Bolitho is sent with a small squadron of ships under his command. Alone in friendless waters, ...

  • Book - 15

    "Ship cleared for action, sir!" The year is 1800. The fate of nations hangs in the balance as six British merchantmen lie captured by the Russians in neutral Baltic waters. Unless Rear-Admiral Richard Bolitho can win this deadly gamble and free th...

  • Book - 16

    The year is 1801. After eight years of conflict, rumors of peace between Britain and France abound. But in the treacherous Bay of Biscay the harsh reality is war. Rear-admiral Richard Bolitho's small squadron is still repairing the scars of battle...

  • Book - 17

    It is the spring of 1802. The Peace Treaty of Amiens, signed only a few weeks earlier, is already showing signs of collapse as Britain and France wrangle over the return of colonial possessions won and lost during their long, bloody war. In the li...

  • Book - 18

    The year is 1803. The ship is the Argonaute, a prize plundered from France. Its captain, Vice-Admiral Sir Richard Bolitho, must sail through dangerous waters toward a final battle with the Argonaute's former captain, Admiral Jobert. Sailing with an i...

  • Book - 19

    Antigua, 1804. Once again Vice-Admiral Sir Richard Bolitho is aboard his beloved, battle-scarred ship Hyperion. And on this mission, death stalks him more closely than ever. In his aging vessel, he intends to brave the guns of French and Spanish defe...

  • Book - 20

    February 1806: Vice-Admiral Sir Richard Bolitho carries the news of Trafalgar to southern Africa, where he is to aid British ground forces in any way he can to retake Cape Town from the Dutch. Impatient to be home, Bolitho decides yet again tha...

  • Book - 21

    March 1806: Napoleon holds Portugal and threatens his old ally Spain. Vice-Admiral Sir Richard Bolitho is dispatched once more to the Cape of Good Hope to establish a permanent naval force....

  • Book - 22

    Soon after taking part in the dramatic capture of Martinique in the Caribbean, Vice-Admiral Sir Richard Bolitho is next despatched to the African coast to gather a flotilla and stop French attacks on British trade routes. But Bolitho must contend wit...

  • Book - 23

    War with Britain's former colony looms on the horizon, and Admiral Sir Richard Bolitho must lead a squadron against the powerful new ships of the United States navy. Supported by his loyal crew, Bolitho must use all his ingenuity to defeat one of Ame...

  • Book - 24

    It is February 1813. With convoys from Canada and the Caribbean falling victim to American privateers, Sir Richard Bolitho returns to Halifax to pursue a war he knows will not be won, but which neither Britain nor the United States can afford to lose...

  • Book - 25

    Sir Richard Bolitho returns from a wearing campaign in North American waters to take up a command in Malta. As England's long war with Napoleon reaches its end, will Richard Bolitho's longing for peace -- both public and personal -- be fulfilled?...

  • Book - 26

    In the days immediately following Waterloo, the British fleet confronts a new threat: Algerian pirates preying on hapless merchant ships. Adam Bolitho, Admiral Richard Bolitho's nephew and heir, finds himself in command of Unrivalled, a new kin...

  • Book - 27

    Summoned to the Admiralty by Sir Edward Pellew, Captain Adam Bolitho is ordered to sail his 46-gun frigate Unrivalled into African waters to aid His Majesty's campaign against slave-runners. Preoccupied with avenging his uncle Richard's death w...

  • Book - 28

    In 1817 every harbor and estuary in Antigua is filled with ghostly ships, superfluous in the aftermath of war. In this uneasy peace, Adam Bolitho is offered the 74-gun Athena, a notoriously "unlucky" ship, and as flag-captain to Vice-Admiral Sir Grah...

  • Book - 29

    The new Bolitho novel from the greatest living writer of naval fiction.

    It is February 1818, and Adam Bolitho longs for marriage and a safe personal harbour. But with so much of Britain’s fleet redundant, he knows he is fortunate to be offer...

  • Book - 30

    Filled with high-seas intrigue and sharp tensions, this nautical novel takes an intense voyage into the heart of Napoleonic-era Africa. The year is 1819 and Captain Adam Bolitho has been sent on an urgent but risky mission to make a fast passage from...

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

There are 30 books in the Richard Bolitho Novels series.

The Richard Bolitho Novels series does not have a new book coming out soon. The latest book, In the King's Name (Book 30), was published in February 2011.

The first book in the Richard Bolitho Novels series, Richard Bolitho, Midshipman, was published in January 1975.

The Richard Bolitho Novels series primarily falls into the Action Adventure genre.
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