Buller’s Dreadnought by Richard Hough

Buller's Dreadnought by Richard Hough
Published by Endeavour Press on April 19th 2017 by Endeavour Press (first published April 1st 1982)
Genres: Historical Fiction
Pages: 255
Format: Ebook
Source: NetGalley
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two-half-stars

Buller’s Dreadnought is a tale of romance, romance, politics, romance and the dawn of the age of dreadnoughts at the start of the 20th Century, and the race to develop the biggest baddest fighting ships… but mostly about dreadnoughts.

The main character is a wandering genius in grand tradition of non-specific heroes in historical novels, whose job it is to travel the world and spy on other countries to keep up with the latest in naval technology, while ensuring that Britain stays ahead of the curve. Mostly this involves him acting like a randy cad with various persons of interest

This novel is mostly about politics, and the politics of war, and while there are several decently described battle scenes, which make a sturdy effort at capturing the feel of a modern battle, it really wasn’t what I had hoped for in this type of book.

There were some interesting, quasi-non fictiony bits about the various competing ideas about the future of naval warfare. For the most part however, as discussed above the focus was elsewhere, which left me feeling bored most of the time, and I skimmed through some sections.

I received a review copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

two-half-stars
Rating Report
Plot
two-half-stars
Characters
two-stars
Writing
two-half-stars
Pacing
two-stars
Cover
three-stars
Overall: two-stars

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