By Alexander Kent
October 1789, and struggle clouds thunder over Europe whilst Richard Bolitho steers the Tempest into the perilous waters of the nice South Sea. to guard weak English delivery lanes from her seagoing enemies, he needs to face the risks of fickle winds, pirates, and savage islanders.
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The sailing master sounded tense. Bolitho continued to study the nearest island. Uninhabited, or did those lush slopes hide curious eyes? He recalled how he had landed on one such beach. Lulled by the heady scents of palms and unfamiliar vegetation, free for a while from the spartan life aboard ship, he had been totally unprepared for the sudden rush of screaming, stabbing savages. It still came back to him, especially at moments like this. “Nor’-west by north, sir! ” Bolitho turned slightly towards Herrick.
I have been thinking—” The sailing master smiled grimly. “My old father on Tresco used to say, leave thinking to horses, Tobias. ” It seemed to amuse him. “We’ve a course to PASSAGE TO M U T INY 39 run out, Mr Keen. ” Keen grinned. He liked Lakey, although their worlds were so different. ” Below in his day cabin Bolitho sat at his desk and worked slowly through the day’s affairs. As in most forenoon watches he received a regular stream of visitors. Bynoe, the purser, requesting a signature on his ledger of newly opened meat casks.
Borlase licked his lips. ” “Peterson. ” He saw the merest flicker of surprise before Borlase hurried on, “I see, sir. But I intended that Mr Herrick should award punishment. ” The speech had brought a flush to his cheeks. Like a petulant but triumphant child who has found a weakness in authority, Bolitho thought. ” He did not wait for an answer but continued in the same level voice, “He is an excellent seaman, and we are lucky to have him. But,” the word hung in the air, “less than two years back he could speak no tongue but his native German.