By Dewey Lambdin
“You might get hooked on this sequence. Easily.”---The big apple instances ebook Review
The yr 1809 starts off out badly for Captain Alan Lewrie, Royal army, and his send, HMS Sapphire. They’ve extracted the unwell, chilly survivors of Sir John Moore’s military from catastrophe at Corunna, bought hit by means of lightning whereas escorting the military to England, and suffered a shattered mainmast which can finish Lewrie’s energetic fee if a alternative can’t be stumbled on or formed quickly. Admiralty wishes troopships, no longer sluggish, outdated Fourth fee two-deckers, so Lewrie needs to beg, borrow, thieve, and gild the evidence so much glibly if he needs to maintain her and her expert group together.
Just whilst 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, larger often called the Costa da Morte, the Coast of dying, the place the ocean will 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 possibly circulation, he’s convinced of 1 factor: It's going to be a rocky 12 months that, optimistically, doesn’t contain wrecking at the rugged beaches of Spain!
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A Hard, Cruel Shore: An Alan Lewrie Naval Adventure by Dewey Lambdin