'His portrayal [...] serves as a model for future studies' International Journal of Maritime History.
'brilliantly described and analysed ... another truly fine book, perhaps the best yet ... one of the most important contributions to naval historiography of 2011 and is very highly recommended' Navy News.
'With a great gift for making complex events exceptionally clear, and an authentically salty understanding of the workings of wind, sea, sail and rig ... this [is a] brilliant and subtly nuanced account of the battle' Sunday Times.
'Those who would attempt to explain a great battle at sea in the age of sail need salt water in their veins, and a skilled pen. In this marvellous book Dr Sam Willis proves that he has both' BBC History Magazine.
'Willis brings a welcome pace and energy to what might otherwise have been a dry account of a rarely remembered sea battle' Glasgow Sunday Herald.
'staggeringly rich in detail, well-researched and with prose so finely crafted' Warships International Fleet Review.
'one of the things that makes Willis such a joy to read is the blazing clarity of his explanations. By the time you've finished his book you'll appreciate every nuance of naval tactics' Mail on Sunday.
'Willis's matchless grasp of historical detail brings it vividly to life' Mail on Sunday.
'It is a journey not soon forgotten' Pirates and Privateers.