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on 30 November 2010
The 2nd book in the series recounting the exploits of Captain William Rennie and James Hayter, his 1st Lieutenant - involves the powerful & enigmatic Sir Robert Greer, Head of the fledgling secret service.
Hayter felt cheated by Greer after their recovery of a vast amount of bullion from the South Seas but receiving no 'prize money' and decides to send a letter to the admiralty. Greer is outraged and makes it abundantly clear that they can expect nothing, but must accept the next commission or take the consequences.
Again, the mission - on the face of it, a detailed survey of Jamaica's coastline - turns out to be a cover for something far darker than either Rennie or Hayter imagine.
The dependence on slaves for the success of Jamaican entrepreneurs horrifies and disgusts Rennie in particular, while the rampant sexual intrigues on the island threaten to destroy both of them. Hayter is saved the embarrassment of his infidelity by amnesia, brought about by a failed attempt on his life, orchestrated by ...? I suspect this may come back to haunt him ...
The intrigues and deception incense Hayter & Rennie which prompts a deception of their own when a chest of French gold comes their way.
The plot is sometimes slow, but this is a necessary ploy to underline the seeming futility of their mission.
This series is improving and I look forward to the next in the series. ****