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An Admiralty summons to England cuts short Thomas Kydd's service in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. While the crew of L'Aurore can look forward to liberty and prize money, a shadow hangs over their captain: the impending court martial of his one-time commander, Commodore Popham, who led a doomed attack on South America.
Following Nelson's death two years earlier, England is in desperate need of heroes, and Kydd's Caribbean exploits are the talk of London. Feted by the king and a grateful country, Kydd is soon on detachment in a new and dangerous sphere of interest: the Dardanelles, connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Black Sea and providing a route to India.
The French have long coveted this route, knowing that it could be the key to toppling the British Empire in India. When they successfully whip up such strong anti-English sentiment that the British ambassador to Constantinople has to flee to L'Aurore, a deadly stand-off ensues.
Meanwhile Kydd's closest friend, Nicholas Renzi, has assumed a new role that he can never make public. Sent under alias on a mission to Constantinople, Renzi must engineer a coup that will turn the tables on the French. But when he's taken prisoner, only Kydd's superb seamanship and sheer bravado can save the day.
©2014 Julian Stockwin (P)2014 Hodder & Stoughton
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By dspeer75 on 11-27-16


Julian Stockwin at his best amazing as always I'm left eagerly anticipating the next volume in this story.

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By Fred on 06-24-15

As good as it gets.

This is the best development of the Renzi character. Three cheers! Also, this historical situation is one I knew nothing about.

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By Simon on 06-29-16

Simplest Math : Stockwin + Rodska = Excellent!

I feel blessed to have discovered this series. I honestly believe it’s among the very best of naval fiction and for sheer consistency over such a large number of books few of any genre I have read can match it. The blessing of Christian Rodska’s narration is once again bestowed upon us as we witness a watershed in the relationship between Kydd and Renzi as both undergo significant changes in fortune. This adventure to the East is multi-faceted mixing the usual naval fayre with the intrigues of a Sultan’s court. What's more Renzi decides to keep one “terrible” secret from his one true love. I do hope Stockwin’s sense of humour exploits this in the episodes to come!

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By Nivlek Seer on 03-08-16

Another excellent tale from Julian Stockwin.

Brilliant story, well read and enjoyable to the very end. Can't wait to listen to the next one, which I already have.

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