And now I return to the naval novels. The Bolitho books are the lesser-known cousin of the titans of the genre, the Hornblower and Aubrey-Maturin series. Richard Bolitho, Midshipman is the eighth novel to be published but the first in internal chronological order.
Brief plot description
Richard Bolitho is a midshipman on the HMS Gorgon. He befriends another midshipman, Martyn Dancer, and they embark on a journey to West Africa, where they encounter adventure, excitement, and a lieutenant with a grudge.