But in a hail of cannonballs comes a bawdy surprise.
Captain Carlisle hails from Virginia, a loyal colony of the British Crown. As the clouds of war gather, Carlisle's small frigate is ordered to Toulon on a reconnaissance mission. If battling the winter weather in the Gulf of Lions is not a sufficient challenge, Carlisle must also juggle the delicate diplomatic issues in this period of pre-war tension while contending with an increasingly belligerent French frigate.
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But Carlisle has additional problems unique to his colonial origins. Thomas Paine Kydd, a young wig-maker from Guildford, is seized by the press gang to be a part of the crew of the gun line-of-battle ship Duke William.
The ship sails immediately and Kydd has to learn the harsh realities of shipboard life fast. Despite all that he goes through in danger of tempest and battle he comes to admire the skills and courage of the seamen - taking up the challenge himself to become a true sailor. Despatched on a secret mission, the company of a gun frigate must face the hazards of conspiracy, treason, and piracy.
And recently appointed third lieutentant Richard Bolitho must learn to accept his new responsibilities as a King's officer. The "Bombay Buccaneers" who sailed them were the stuff of legend.
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For Percival Merewether, would be a year to remember. October , Portsmouth. Sixteen-year-old Richard Bolitho waits to join the Gorgon , ordered to sail to the west coast of Africa and to destroy those who challenge the King's Navy.
For Bolitho, and for many of the crew, it is a severe and testing initiation into the game of seamanship. Set in days littered with the plunder of piracy, Ned Yorke, a loyal royalist living in Barbados, has a small vessel and devoted crew, and together they sail, hunted by roundheads and Spaniards, determined to pay whatever the price for freedom from tyranny.
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What transpires is a colorful, dramatic retelling of historical events surrounding the capture of Jamaica and the infamous raid on Santiago. Charles II returns from exile bringing with him unease to the Spanish Main. In this vivid description of seventeenth-century buccaneers, Ned Yorke, the leader and hero of the swashbuckling band are depended upon for the defense of Jamaica, fighting with captured Spanish guns.
Daring raids on the Spanish seem inevitable, as Yorke sets out on the high seas to distant adventures on behalf of the King and his own honor. As England falls under a blanket of peace with the restoration of Charles II, in distant Jamaica all is not well.
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Though there is peace with Spain, there is no peace "beyond the line". It seems that the West Indies have become the private estate of the King of Spain. The Buccaneers must not remain idle. When Admiral of the Brethren, Ned Yorke, a brave, loyal Buccaneer, learns that Spain is mounting a Caribbean fleet perhaps to protect the treasures of Spanish ships, or carry an army to Jamaica, he vows to find out the truth.