By David Donachie
The long-awaited go back of the Bucephalas to the security of the Cinque Ports is interrupted through 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 team, the pursuit of 1 final effortless prize results in a determined struggle.
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He growled, looking out at Bucephalas, rocking gently on the tidal water in the middle of the river, close to the ranks of spars, masts, and poles which floated in the water. There was no doubting her trade. Not even the most myopic soul could mistake her for a merchant vessel. Just over a hundred feet long and well armed, the natural grace of her lines was somewhat spoiled by the accumulated damage. But she was still a hunter, not prey. ” Harry face clouded immediately. ” Adams responded to that as well, his lugubrious countenance becoming sombre again.
I think it’s important that the men don’t despair, Pender. ” Harry squirmed slightly. ” James couldn’t resist making Harry even more uncomfortable. “It’s beneath a captain’s dignity to apologize, Pender. I should have thought you would have known that. ” Pender, reminded of how he’d suffered, continued in a harsh voice. “They need to know their shares are safe, an’ all, Capt’n. They like wealth they can touch. ” That actually made Harry wince, especially since he’d added to the value of their shares by what was, in effect, a loan to the struggling government of the young republic, desperately short of coin to transact necessary business.
Indeed I did. ” Rykert looked up. ” “No, sir, they are not. ” Illingworth nodded to accept the apology. “They have been taken away as prisoners, to be held for ransom. Tressoir also informed me that there is nothing in France to buy my cargo other than worthless assignats. ” “This will be very unwelcome news in Portsmouth, Captain Illingworth. ” “Aye. Cruises in a small corvette. Well armed, of course, but a tub in the sailing line from what I saw of her. He could never have got close to us in any kind of wind.
A Game of Bones by David Donachie