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HMS Expedient by Peter Smalley
Book Description1786: Captain William Rennie is on the beach and on half pay 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. For Lieutenant James Hayter, in Dorsetshire, whose career had barely begun when the peace came, his own commission in Expedient out of the blue is equally surprising and exciting. But for these two sea officers there is something odd and disturbing about the nature of their task. They sense that they are not being told the whole truth about the forthcoming expedition, and the shady, powerful figure of Sir Robert Greer is always at their backs. Is someone trying to sabotage their mission? Why is their progress dogged by a mysterious man of war? And what are the secret orders locked in Rennie's cabin which may only be opened once they round the Cape of Good Horn? The answers lies on a beautiful uncharted island, in the remotest corner of the Pacific immensity, to which the storm-battered Expedient limps for desperately needed repairs. Soon the dangers of the voyage will pale in comparison with what they discover there, across the limpid waters of the lagoon...
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099474173
(198mm x 129mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Arrow Books Ltd
Publish Date: 4-May-2006
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.
Barbary Coast, Paperback (May 2008)» View all books by Peter Smalley
Lieutenant James Hayter and Captain William Rennie are to sail to the Mediterranean, to assist Britain's ally Rashid Bey of Rabhet. 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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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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