By Dewey Lambdin
“You may get hooked on this sequence. Easily.”---The ny occasions e-book Review
The 12 months 1809 begins out badly for Captain Alan Lewrie, Royal military, and his send, HMS Sapphire. They’ve extracted the ailing, chilly survivors of Sir John Moore’s military from catastrophe at Corunna, received hit by means of lightning whereas escorting the military to England, and suffered a shattered mainmast which can finish Lewrie’s lively fee if a substitute can’t be discovered or shaped quickly. Admiralty wishes troopships, now not sluggish, previous Fourth cost two-deckers, so Lewrie needs to beg, borrow, thieve, and gild the proof so much glibly if he needs to maintain her and her expert staff 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 provide convoys off the treacherous north coast of Spain, larger referred to as the Costa da Morte, the Coast of demise, the place the ocean might be extra risky to him and his ships than the French army! Basing out of newly received Lisbon, the place Lewrie hopes his mistress from Gibraltar, Maddalena Covilhá, could circulation, he’s yes of 1 factor: It's going to be a rocky 12 months that, confidently, doesn’t contain wrecking at the rugged seashores of Spain!
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A Hard, Cruel Shore: An Alan Lewrie Naval Adventure by Dewey Lambdin