By S. Thomas Russell
"[A] exciting tale of nautical warfare" ("Kirkus Reviews") from the writer of "Under Enemy Colors."
Winter 1793. grasp and Commander Charles Hayden is given orders to come back to the ill-fated HMS Themis because the British struggle the French for keep an eye on of the strategically situated island of Corsica, the place his captaincy and army ability are stretched to their utmost as he reveals himself on the forefront of this brutal conflict of empires.
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