Agree with the other two reviewers; but will note, however, that the battle is concluded. When Captain Slade orders Lamb to strike, that's it - They're done! "Adroit" is a wreck, the French have won the day. Lamb and the survivors will go into captivity and perhaps be exchanged at some point - Common practice at the time. There is an additional perspective: the author knew he was dying as he completed this book. And, of course, his character would die with him. In my humble view, Slade's order was Maynard's own acceptance of the inevitable. Too bad - Excellent work; well written, and always engaging. I highly recommend.