Winter 1795. Lieutenant John Pearce, reckoning to have finally ditched his old enemy, Admiral Hotham, has found a new one in Henry Digby, previously a friend. Meanwhile, Pearce's pregnant and recently widowed lover is adamant they cannot be seen together for the sake of their unborn child as she seeks respectability in society.
Aboard HMS Flirt as part of the squadron led by Horatio Nelson, Pearce and his Pelicans soon join them on a reconnaissance which results in the destruction of a key French battery - though the success is short-lived. In raids ashore, split loyalties and bloody sea fights, Pearce must show bravery and resource to ensure his survival and return to Emily. But the headstrong lieutenant is faced with immense danger, not only from the enemy but his own captain. Only luck and Pearce's fierce appetite for battle can save them from the perils ahead.
©2016 David Donachie (P)2017 Soundings
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5 out of 5 stars
By mick butler on 18-09-17

Great series

This is my first review
But having listened to all the adventures from the start and the way the book is read and written has me excited for the next instalment. The pelicans lead by John Pearce is such a bond it's almost believable thrown in with Nelson well what can I say. To the reader wow just brilliant. To the author next book please

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jamie on 10-09-17


Once again a brilliant story can't wait for the next one. Great performance wanted to listen to this while on holiday but had got through half before I left because I wanted to know what was going to happen to John

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