By Dewey Lambdin
“You may get hooked on this sequence. Easily.”---The big apple occasions e-book Review
The yr 1809 starts off out badly for Captain Alan Lewrie, Royal military, and his send, HMS Sapphire. They’ve extracted the unwell, chilly survivors of Sir John Moore’s military from catastrophe at Corunna, acquired hit via lightning whereas escorting the military to England, and suffered a shattered mainmast which can finish Lewrie’s energetic fee if a substitute can’t be discovered or shaped quickly. Admiralty wishes troopships, no longer sluggish, outdated Fourth expense two-deckers, so Lewrie needs to beg, borrow, thieve, and gild the proof such a lot glibly if he needs to maintain her and her expert team together.
Just while he imagines he’s succeeded, new orders come appointing him a Commodore over a wee squadron assigned to prey upon French seaborne offer convoys off the treacherous north coast of Spain, higher often called the Costa da Morte, the Coast of dying, the place the ocean can be extra risky to him and his ships than the French military! Basing out of newly received Lisbon, the place Lewrie hopes his mistress from Gibraltar, Maddalena Covilhá, may well flow, he’s convinced of 1 factor: It's going to be a rocky yr that, with a bit of luck, doesn’t contain wrecking at the rugged shorelines of Spain!
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