1794. Lieutenant John Pearce is caught between a feuding trio of admirals. One puts him in a position of danger while another asks him to undertake a hazardous commission in order to protect his friends, the Pelicans. Meanwhile, Pearce is also trying to construct a perjury case against Admiral Ralph Barclay. Barclay's own wife has turned against him, but by law she cannot testify against her husband. Her cowardly nephew has become a pawn in the Admiral's game, the objective of which is to finally silence Pearce.
David Donachie was born in Edinburgh in 1944. He has always had an abiding interest in British naval history of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as well as the clandestine services during the Second World War. He has 51 published novels to his credit. David lives in Deal, the historic English seaport on the border of the English Channel and the North Sea.
Each naval battle is explosive and gripping, the intrinsic historical and personality detail absorbing and intense. A fantastic must-read by a prolific master author.
High adventure and detection; cunningly spliced battle scenes which reek of blood and brine; excitements on terra firma to match
Outflanking and out-gunning C. S. Forester.
High-speed epic from an ace storyteller.
Exciting and unpredictable.