Held fast for England; A Tale of the Siege of Gibraltar (1779-83)

Held fast for England; A Tale of the Siege of Gibraltar (1779-83)

Held fast for England; A Tale of the Siege of Gibraltar (1779-83)

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  1. 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Well worth reading in Gibraltar, 31 Aug. 2015
    Mr. H. Morrison (London, London United Kingdom) –

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    This is a ‘ripping yarns’ schoolboy story of the Siege of Gibraltar. The action begins at a boarding school in Putney where our hero, Bob Repton, is a teenage schoolboy constantly getting into trouble. Despite he and his friends foiling a burglary at a nearby house, eventually Bob is packed off to Gibraltar by his uncle and guardian in the hope that he will learn the wine trade. Comes the great siege and Bob becomes the hero of the colony.

    If you overlook the wildly improbable acts of derring-do engaged in by Bob, and the shallow characterisations, this is actually quite a good book with in depth descriptions of the colony’s defence. I downloaded it to read while on holiday in Gibraltar and I found it hard to put down; being in Gibraltar and seeing the places described (as well as visiting other places mentioned such as Tangiers, Algeciras, La Linea etc) made the book come alive. Even if you haven’t visited it would still make a good read if you like history and naval stories of the Patrick O’Brian type (‘Master and Commander’ etc).


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