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The year is 1815, and Adam Bolitho has received some equivocal orders. His duties as captain of His Majesty's frigate Unrivalled have led him into some dangerous waters before, but he is now required to take his ship's company to Freetown, Sierra Leone and "assist the senior officer of the patrolling squadron". But what does this mean in practice? Bolitho's worst fears are realised when he finds that British anti-slavery patrols are failing to halt a ravening trade in human misery, crippled by unsuitable ships and government indifference. And compounding the problems is the belligerent Dey of Algiers, looking for nothing less than total war. As Adam goes about his thankless work, he is dealing with the grief of his uncle's death and his own loneliness--and, ultimately, a reckless assault on a massively fortified stronghold may be his only way of coming to terms with his problems.
Kent makes Adam's conflicts acutely personal, with the historical panoply around him perfectly dovetailed with these personal elements. He is almost an existential hero--existing most fully when he does his job: as a man of war, as an adventurer in dangerous nautical encounters.--Barry Forhaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Another good un. I am always moved by the suffering and comradeship of the old sailors. But I do wish there was less repetition. Read morePublished 5 days ago by n obody
Brilliant as always, great writing, great author - he can really tell a storyPublished 25 days ago by Redsgang
These books by Alexander Kent are very well written. I find them riveting and aways find myself engrossed completely when I begin reading.Published 6 months ago by Keith Farrell