'a vibrant picture of life in the British Navy in the century or so leading up to the great age of Nelson' Mail on Sunday.
'A must-read account of the life of a man who embodies a forgotten and undervalued period in Britain's maritime history' Dan Snow.
'Willis is a magnificent describer of the realities of fighting ships at sea' Sunday Times.
'Fascinating ... One of the best naval biographies to appear for many years' BBC History Magazine.
'A fascinating biography ... Willis has done a tremendous job of reassessing this neglected period in our rich naval history' Mail on Sunday.