By Dewey Lambdin

“You may get hooked on this sequence. Easily.”---The ny occasions publication Review

The yr 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 through lightning whereas escorting the military to England, and suffered a shattered mainmast that could finish Lewrie’s lively fee if a substitute can’t be stumbled on or formed quickly. Admiralty wishes troopships, now not sluggish, previous Fourth cost two-deckers, so Lewrie needs to beg, borrow, thieve, and gild the evidence such a lot glibly if he needs to maintain her and her expert group 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 dying, the place the ocean will be extra harmful 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, may flow, he’s certain of 1 factor: It's going to be a rocky 12 months that, expectantly, doesn’t contain wrecking at the rugged seashores of Spain!

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