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March 1814. Admiral Sir Richard Bolitho returns to England from several months' rigorous patrolling off the North American coast. War with the United States has not yet ended, but news of Napoleon's defeat and abdication has stunned a navy and a nation bled by years of European conflict.

Victory has been the impossible dream, and now, for Bolitho, a vision of the future and a personal peace seems attainable. However, an unsympathetic Admiralty dispatches him to Malta.

Is this appointment a compliment or a malicious ploy to keep Bolitho from the woman he loves and the freedom he craves? He cannot know, but the voice of duty speaks more insistently even than the voice of the heart, and in this familiar sea where both glory and tragedy have touched his life, Bolitho must confront the future, the renaissance of a hated tyrant and the fulfilment of destiny.

Alexander Kent is the author of 28 acclaimed books featuring Richard Bolitho. Under his own name, Douglas Reeman, and in the course of a career spanning 45 years, he has written over 30 novels and two nonfiction books.

©1997 Alexander Kent (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Shipwreck, survival...a spirited battle...a splendid yarn." ( Times)
"One of our foremost writers of naval fiction." ( Sunday Times)

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Fantastic story and presentation

Absolutely enthralled by all of the books in this series. I got so I felt that I knew the characters as real people.

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it had to happen eventually

all of Alexander kents books are worth listning to. the narrator realy brings out what it would have been like in the early 1800s.

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death of lead character

Now the lead character is dead I find no desire to continue with this series. Really enjoyed the series listened to most of the books. the narrator was great and had a good voice

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  • Yelseeb
  • 07-19-21

Could not finish

Have read several of Bolitho books and I got several chapters into this book but had to give up. It was like a story from 'Women's Own' or some such magazine. The early books were stories of sea battles and adventures but this book I found boring beyond belief. To much tittle tattle about female relationships. Maybe it would have improved but I have other books to listen to. Baz

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  • Tony
  • 09-22-19

Such a sad ending

This book is the last in the series. I feel it was not the best because it rambled and meandered. Very little action but what was there was reasonably exciting. A good description of the politics of the day. The fact that there was no war in the story was disappointing, and it suggests the author struggled with the storyline. I gave it five stars out of respect for those books that had gone before.