By David Donachie
The long-awaited go back of the Bucephalas to the protection of the Cinque Ports is interrupted through a disastrous engagement within the Channel. The looming form of a merchantman becalmed in fog provides a virtually impossible to resist attract. yet for Harry Ludlow and his battle-weary staff, the pursuit of 1 final effortless prize results in a determined struggle.
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Rykert’s voice boomed across the water. Harry saw him, wrapped in a boatcloak, standing by the taffrail of Amethyst, speaking trumpet in hand. ” “Brest,” said Harry, for James’s benefit. “However, I intend that my midshipman should stay aboard with you till you’re abreast of Southsea Castle. Their guard boats will see you through the narrows into Portsmouth harbour. I myself will escort you past the St Helen’s anchorage. Mr Levenson, I will send two boats for you. As soon as that is done, please bring back with you the men from the Lothian.
Levenson had his hand capped over his eye, even though the sun was behind him. He probably would have preferred to remain silent, but in his youth he exclaimed with surprise at what he saw. ” he asked after a slight pause. “It’s very simple, sir. ” CHAPTER SIX HARRY and Rykert stared silently at each other across the water as Levenson and his men came aboard. The King’s ship let the cutter drift free, and was under way before the last man made it to the deck, signalling to Precise to fetch her wake.
Harry looked up, giving James a wan smile, before he turned his attention towards the waist. He could still see, in the glim, the party of sailors Rykert had put aboard, sprawled on the gangways 48 T H E P R I V AT E E R S M A N M Y S T E R I E S either side of the ship’s boats. He’d racked his brain for a way to outwit them since they’d followed him on to the deck, but nothing presented itself short of violence, which would bring the whole weight of the Admiralty down on their heads. They would face arrest wherever they landed.
A Game of Bones by David Donachie