This very exciting sea-faring story by Julian Stockwin is the 15th volume of the wonderful Thomas Kydd series.
As ever the book is again full with the authentic language of the great seas which makes this whole series so unique and original.
At the same time the author has the great ability in making his characters, whether real or fictional, come vividly to life within this story.
This story begins, I think in my humble opinion, in the year AD 1807, when Thomas Kydd is feted by his King and country because of his Caribbean exploits, but not before after having giving evidence against his one-time commander, Commodore Popham.
After that experience he is sent with his crew and their ship L'Aurore on a secret mission to Constantinople and to a new shere of interest, the Dardanelles, and these Dardanelles connect the route from the Mediterrean Sea to the Black Sea and thus providing a route to India.
The only big problem is that the French has long coveted this route and they will stop at nothing to halt the British from conquering this important route, for they will even go as far as by taking Renzi their prisoner.
And so Thomas Kydd will once again show his superb seamanship and cunning to save Renzi, who in the meantime has become Thomas's brother-in-law and also obtained the title of Lord Farndon, and thus to bring victory to the British in this fight with the French.
Very much recommended, for this is a Seafaring tale at it's very best!