By David Donachie
The long-awaited go back of the Bucephalas to the protection of the Cinque Ports is interrupted by way of a disastrous engagement within the Channel. The looming form of a merchantman becalmed in fog offers a virtually impossible to resist attract. yet for Harry Ludlow and his battle-weary workforce, the pursuit of 1 final effortless prize results in a determined struggle.
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I dare say when you came aboard you anticipated an insult at every turn. ” Rykert responded with half a smile. “No. I am no different from my fellow officers in having little love for your kind. That is why you were left on deck for so long. ” “Captain Rykert,” said Illingworth, who was looking at Harry with alarm. He might have exemptions but the Lothian’s crew did not. No good would come of upsetting Rykert when he was about to enter a plea. “My men have returned from a long commission. ” He stopped, unsure whether the slight smile playing around Rykert’s lips was the prelude to agreement or amusement at his tone of supplication.
His men adored him. He’s a commodore now, top of the captain’s list, soon to hoist his admiral’s flag. And, guess what? He’s gone and won a fleet action that’s made him the hero of the nation. ” This was a side of Harry new to James. All the regret for what he’d lost by leaving the navy was in his face. He didn’t have to say that a kinder fate might have put him in the midst of the battle he’d just mentioned, given him a chance of the glory he’d openly craved for as a serving officer, and stifled ever since.
No good would come of upsetting Rykert when he was about to enter a plea. “My men have returned from a long commission. ” He stopped, unsure whether the slight smile playing around Rykert’s lips was the prelude to agreement or amusement at his tone of supplication. ” “Far be it from me to rob these poor creatures of their pay, sir, nor the comfort of an India ship. ” “You may refuse, sir. ” “But I am not, sir,” Rykert protested, opening his hands. ” Rykert shook his head, then fixed his eyes on Harry, his tone brisk and businesslike.
A Game of Bones by David Donachie