Spring 1792 – across the water revolutionary France lies like a wounded beast, threatening the fragile peace.
After two years without a command, Richard Bolitho accepts the thankless task of drumming up recruits and catching smugglers.
At the Nore with just three topsail cutters, he encounters a new enemy – the Brotherhood – as cruel and ruthless as any foreign adversary. Protected by men of influence on both sides of the Channel, this brutal gang holds the Medway towns in a grip of terror. And in Allday, a self-confessed deserter, they find a willing a recruit.
The beast stirs and war becomes inevitable. Surrounded by treachery and deceit, Bolitho and his ‘band of brothers’ sail into the cannon’s mouth for the honour of England and a King’s ransom, in a final attempt to change the course of history…
This new adventure follows in sequence Passage To Mutiny and immediately precedes Form Line Of Battle!
Writer – Alexander Kent
First published 1988 by William Heinemann Ltd
This edition published 1989 by Pan Books Ltd
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Highseas Authors Ltd 1988
ISBN 0 330 30837 8
Printed and Bound in Great Britain