By Dewey Lambdin
Alan Lewrie is now commander of HMS Jester, an 18-gun sloop. Lewrie sails into Corsica in simple terms to obtain remarkable orders: he needs to trap his archenemy, French commander Guillaume Choundas, into conflict and individually strike the malevolent spymaster dead. With Horatio Nelson as his squadron commander on one hand and a luscious courtesan who spies for the French at the different, Lewrie needs to pull out all of the stops if he will stay as much as his personal popularity and convey glory to the British Royal military.
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Extra info for A King's Commander: The Alan Lewrie Naval Adventures #7 (Bk. 7)
The old problem of leaving England; being driven shoreward by a brisk westerly, right up toward the Lizard or Torbay, or having to tack and beat sou’west toward the hostile coast of France, which was a rock-strewn horror in peacetime, and aswarm with warships now, from the French bases at Brest and St. Malo. By ten of the second morning, Jester was near enough to Torbay to peek inside, with a long-glass from the top of the mainmast. No sign of Admiral Howe’s fleet, though; the westernmost war anchorage was empty, which meant he was still at sea, somewhere out in the Atlantic.
This could not last; night winds always waned a little after sundown—but at least they remained steady. . a spell o’ calm an’ drizzle by dawnin’. ” He shrugged. ” Lewrie smiled. “I’d say this’ll blow out in an hour’r two, sir,” Buchanon said with a rueful wince, forced to have an opinion. After a long minute spent gnawing a corner of his lips, and much sniffing and probing at the skies with his nose. “Best we enjoy it, while we can. . a swing o’ th’ wind back toward west-sou’west. An’ maybe drizzle, Captain.
A faint, half-felt drumming against the larboard bows as the sloop of war faltered, as she met a wave instead of cocking her bows gently up and over. A hiss of spray and a cream of foam breaking on the catheads and the forrud gangway. And a disappointed sigh from Mister Spenser on the wheel. There was a grouse-wing beat aloft, a soft, suspiring whisper, as the luffs of fore and main square sails shivered a lazy furling down to the leeches. Headed! “Damn ’at boy,” Buchanon spat as he witnessed the wind’s death.
A King's Commander: The Alan Lewrie Naval Adventures #7 (Bk. 7) by Dewey Lambdin