Cape Colony is proving a tiresome assignment for Captain Kydd's daring commander-in-chief. Rumours of popular unrest in the Spanish colonies and of a treasure hoard spur him to assemble a makeshift invasion fleet and launch a bold attack on the capital of the Viceroyalty of the River Plate, Buenos Aires. Navigating the treacherous bars and mud flats of the river, the British invasion force lands and wins a battle against improbable odds, taking the capital and the silver. But nothing is as simple as it seems here: the uprising that will see the end of Spanish rule never arrives and the locals begin to see dark conspiracies behind the invader's actions.
Soon the tiny British force finds itself surrounded by an ever more hostile population. The city begins to revolt against its liberators. Now Kydd's men must face fierce resistance and the betrayal of their closest allies. Can they save themselves, and their prize?
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Bogged down and couldn't finish
I'm sure I'll get back to this story someday, but it just bogged down too much and I dropped it and moved on without finishing it.
This book looses much of the adventure of the previous books. Like the earlier "Admirals Daughter", the reader is constantly reminded that "this will not end well." It is hard to love a character who keeps blindly heading down the path to foolish self-destruction.
I certainly hope that later stories in this series get back to the promise that the first books had.
- Alan Coffel