“The Blooding of the Guns: A Novel of the Battle of Jutland”

Alexander Fullerton

Nicholas Everard is a young British naval officer who, as the book opens, is transferred to a destroyer. His brother is an officer in a cruiser, and his uncle the captain of a battleship. It is May, 1916 and the three relatives are about to experience the Battle of Jutland. This is “Hornblower in the Great War” with a strong flavoring of techno-thriller. Nicholas Everard is in the Hornblower role and the “techno” is steam, big guns, and torpedoes. Only the first two books in this series have recently entered print in the United States, but I don’t want to wait for the rest – I may have to order the British editions via the Web.