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Barbary Coast by Peter Smalley
Book DescriptionIt is the eve of the French Revolution and England awaits with trepidation the news from the Continent that will propel her into war again after six years of peace. But Lieutenant James Hayter's orders from the Admiralty do not at first involve the sea. He must go inland to seek out his friend Captain William Rennie, who has disappeared into the wilds of Dartmoor.When he finds Rennie alone and broken down in an isolated farmhouse, Hayter fears the Captain will be unable to make the journey to London. Hayter has his own hopes of a command, but these are cruelly dashed when they reach the capital, where they find the sinister spymaster, Sir Robert Greer is once more behind their deployment. They are to sail in HMS Expedient to the Mediterranean, to assist Britain's ally Rashid Bey of Rabhet, with Hayter yet again Rennie's second in command. So, unprepared for what they will find on the dangerous Barbary Coast, Expedient and the ten gun cutter Curlew sail into treacherous waters. The odds are daunting. They must make a show of defiance against the mighty corsair fleet of Rabhet's enemy the Dey of Tunis. Murky politics, threatened mutiny, desperate sea actions and imprisonment follow on the sweltering North African Coast, where the rules of European warfare no longer apply and the victor will take everything.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099474272
(197mm x 130mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Arrow Books Ltd
Publish Date: 1-May-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Peter Smalley
Pursuit, Paperback (May 2011)
Spring 1792. Captain James Rennie is anxious to be active again after a year on the beach. And this time he longs for regular service with the Fleet as opposed to the extraordinarily dangerous detached missions he has been assigned by Britain's shadowy spy masters in the last few years.
Gathering Storm, Paperback (May 2010)
Its Spring 1791. Though deeply disturbed by a terrible incident in his previous commission, James Hayter is nevertheless on the verge of taking command of HMS Sloop Eglantine as Master and Commander when personal tragedy shatters his life. The twin blows convince Hayter that he is not fit to command and he must turn his back on the sea forever.
Hawk, Paperback (May 2009)
The year 1790 and England is on the cusp of war with Revolutionary France. Lieutenant James Hayter has achieved his heart's desire - his first independent command, His Majesty's 'Hawk' cutter, 10 guns. But his happiness is tempered by the knowledge that his former captain and friend, William Rennie, has been left on the beach.
HMS Expedient, Paperback (May 2006)» View all books by Peter Smalley
In 1786: Captain William Rennie is on the beach and on half pay. Things weren't always so bad for him. So Rennie is amazed when he's given a prime commission: HMS Expedient is a 36 gun frigate; she is to be sent to the South Seas on a scientific expedition. Then a long series of mysterious accidents and setbacks occur as Expedient sails south.
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Author Biography - Peter Smalley
Peter Smalley was born in Melbourne, Australia, and hails from a seafaring family. After an early career in advertising he became a screenwriter, broadcaster, and novelist. He lives in London with his wife, Clytie.
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