New PDF release: A Hard, Cruel Shore: An Alan Lewrie Naval Adventure

By Dewey Lambdin

ISBN-10: 1250030080

ISBN-13: 9781250030085

“You may perhaps get hooked on this sequence. Easily.”---The long island occasions ebook Review

The 12 months 1809 starts off out badly for Captain Alan Lewrie, Royal army, and his send, HMS Sapphire. They’ve extracted the ill, chilly survivors of Sir John Moore’s military from catastrophe at Corunna, acquired hit by way of lightning whereas escorting the military to England, and suffered a shattered mainmast which could finish Lewrie’s energetic fee if a substitute can’t be came upon or formed quickly. Admiralty wishes troopships, no longer sluggish, outdated Fourth expense two-deckers, so Lewrie needs to beg, borrow, thieve, and gild the proof so much glibly if he needs to maintain her and her expert team together.

Just while he imagines he’s succeeded, new orders come appointing him a Commodore over a wee squadron assigned to prey upon French seaborne offer convoys off the treacherous north coast of Spain, larger referred to as the Costa da Morte, the Coast of dying, the place the ocean might be extra risky to him and his ships than the French army! Basing out of newly gained Lisbon, the place Lewrie hopes his mistress from Gibraltar, Maddalena Covilhá, may possibly circulation, he’s definite of 1 factor: It's going to be a rocky yr that, optimistically, doesn’t contain wrecking at the rugged seashores of Spain!

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Qxp 8/1/08 9:32 AM Page 29 2 9 ond draft, a fiddler and a piper entered for their merriment and their money and, the piper having played less well than himself, raised Jacob’s spirits enough for him to join in the singing. When two women came in, the men called out their names with liquored glee. The bawds flounced a bit before choosing a lap to sit in. Jacob demurred when approached. He’d had enough, years ago, of brothels and the disorderly houses kept by wives of sailors at sea. The boyish recklessness that flooded him at Jublio did not extend to the sweet debauchery he had sought as a youth.

Not as ornate as D’Ortega’s. None of that pagan excess, of course, but fair. And pure, noble even, because it would not be compromised as Jublio was. Access to a fleet of free labor made D’Ortega’s leisurely life possible. qxp 8/1/08 a 9:32 AM Page 28 m e r c y rather than a four-post bed. Jacob sneered at wealth dependent on a captured workforce that required more force to maintain. Thin as they were, the dregs of his kind of Protestantism recoiled at whips, chains and armed overseers. He was determined to prove that his own industry could amass the fortune, the station, D’Ortega claimed without trading his conscience for coin.

Jacob winced. Flesh was not his commodity. Still, at his host’s insistence, he trailed him to the little sheds where D’Ortega interrupted their half day’s rest and ordered some two dozen or more to assemble in a straight line, including the boy who had watered Regina. The two men walked the row, inspecting. D’Ortega identifying talents, weaknesses and possibilities, but silent about the scars, the wounds like misplaced veins tracing their skin. One even had the facial brand required by local law when a slave assaulted a white man a second time.

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