Synopses & Reviews
John Pearce, having negotiated the highly questionable sale of the two French prizes taken in The Devil to Pay, has left HMS Flirt, as well as the crew and the wounded Henry Digby in Brindisi and is headed for Naples to see his lover. In an uncomfortable journey he seeks to work out a way to best both Admiral Sir William Hotham and Captain Ralph Barclay, men who are his sworn enemies. All his calculations are thrown into turmoil when he discovers that Emily is pregnant which, while it is a cause for joy, is also a reason to worry; she is still married to Ralph Barclay and by the laws of the time he can claim the child as his own.
"The story is well researched, with strong character development, and exciting battle scenes. John Pearce is brave, reckless, opinionated, selfish and totally believable. The plot is fast-paced and brings alive life on board a warship at this period. It can be read as a standalone, although there are references to actions that have taken place in previous books. If you are a fan of the Master and Commander series, this is for you. I m off to my local bookshop to find the rest of the series."
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