Synopses & Reviews
From a London street urchin to mistress of a palazzo in Naples, Lady Emma
Hamilton has fought her way to social prominence. Strolling through
lemon-scented gardens with the Queen of Naples, and indulged by her besotted,
older husband, Sir William Hamilton, the beautiful and spirited Emma should be
satisfied. Yet when the young, married naval hero Horatio Nelson arrives in
Naples as the French Revolution erupts, the pair are instantly infatuated with
each other. Both craving excitement and passion, the two enter into an affair
that will scandalize European society and immortalize them as the greatest
lovers of the nineteenth century.
With its lush and vivid prose, this second book in the Nelson and Emma Trilogy
takes readers into battle, at sea and in the bedroom, as it follows the lovers'
heady rise to fame.
"A compelling read and a probing expostion of the working of the British navy in the late 18th century." Edward Cline
"The strength of Donachie's writing lies in his convincing dialogue that brilliantly conveys the personalities of Nelson and Hamilton. The author certainly has done his homework . . . historical facts are very cleverly intertwined into the story." —Bookpleasures.com
It's 1784 and Nelson is sent to the Caribbean to enforce the hated Navigation Acts. While there, he marries Fanny Nisbet. Ordered next to the Mediterranean, he engages in a string of spectacular naval battles: Cape St Vincent, Tenerife, and the Nile. The ravages of war take their physical toll on Nelson, even as he gains the fame and honor he desperately craves.
About the Author
David Donachie is an avowed lover of naval fiction with a stroke of mischief, and he has lately published a multivolume biographical novel about Lord Nelson and Lady Emma Hamilton. Writing as Tom Connery, he is the author of the popular Markham of the Marines novels. A Scot by birth, he lives in Deal on the Channel coast of England.