Genre: Nautical Fiction, Historical Fiction
Setting: In England and on board a British Navy vessel.
First sentence: Vice-Admiral Sir Graham Bethune put down his pen and waited for the elderly Admiralty clerk to gather up the letters and dispatches he has signed.
This novel is the twenty-third in the author's Richard Bolitho series. The series currently runs to thirty books.
It is 1814. The war with Bonaparte and France is over. Admiral Sir Richard Bolitho has recently returned from his duty commanding the British squadron patrolling the American coast.
Now, he has been ordered to Malta to command the British fleet in the Mediterranean.
In their excitement at winning the war, the Admiralty is quickly downsizing the size of the fleet.
The Admiralty believes that the only enemy left in the Mediterranean are Muslim traders.
Bolitho is well aware that, no matter what the truth of the situation, it will be left to the lowly sailors to fight and die to defend their country.
I liked this book. The author has an easy to read style that makes the pages fly by.
Once again, I encourage readers to read the books in order. Doing so will enable the reader to follow Bolitho's life from midshipman to Admiral.