In the year 1801 and Captain James Merriman aboard his ship Lord Stevenage is despatched to South America along with a small flotilla. A passenger by the name of George Humphries - part of the extensive network of English spies and agents controlled by a department of the Treasury – has orders for Merriman to seek out intelligence about England's enemies, particularly France and Spain.
Merriman and crew are also to try and find one Don Carlos Galiano whom he had narrowly missed capturing in the West Indies several years previously. Galiano is known to be behind smuggling and privateer activities in south Atlantic waters and is rumoured to be in Montevideo.
There are battles with a French frigate and a Spanish one with an assortment of privateers - little more than pirates - who prey on shipping of any nation in the south Atlantic.
But another secret purpose behind this voyage is to recover important documents and treasure from a wrecked Indiaman in Brazil, the location of which is unknown apart from some very incoherent details from the sole surviving crew member.
Can Merriman be successful in all that with the French, Spanish and even the native population is against him?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I do enjoy reading in this genre, and it's not as if my expectations are high....but, I feel kind of ripped off. The stories in this series started off kind of lightweight and tired, the characters the usual two dimensional stuff, and the historical accuracy lacking. In the cheap end of the aisle, you expect that. But these...enh. the author is hardly trying at this point. The writing and editing just reek. There is no kinder way to put it. Two stars is being generous.
I enjoyed this book and the series, however, this book and others in the series suffer from poor proof reading or simply haste on the author's part. Names and ranks of individuals in various positions change for no apparent reason except careless writing or lack of correction. References to occurrences in previous books are sometimes incomplete or incorrect. Generally sloppy work.
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