Enemy in Sight!

Enemy in Sight!

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Aboard the Hyperion, Richard Bolitho sets sail with an untrained crew for blockade duty off France. Unfortunately, his superior, Commodore Mathias Pelham-Martin, is an incompetent egotist whose petty hostilities jeopardize the operation of an entire fleet.


Publisher: Ithaca, N.Y. : McBooks Press, 1999
ISBN: 9780935526608
0935526609
Characteristics: 366 p. ; 22 cm

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Mar 01, 2010

Alexander Kent's first two historical novels have become international bestsellers. Reviewers have united in their enthusiasm for Captain Richard Bolitho and for his creator, who has been almost unanimously acclaimed as the true successor to C. S. Forester. Enemy in Sight! is the third Bolitho novel - a splendid story of eightenth-century seamanship and high adventure which will delight the fast-growing army of Kent's readers.
As 1794 draws to a close Richard Bolitho, commanding the old seventy-four-gun ship of the line Hyperion, leaves Plymouth to join a squadron blockading the rising power of Revolutionary France. After six months of repairs his ship is ready to fight again, but her company is mostly raw and untrained.
Unfortunately, Bolitho finds himself under a commodore who is no match for the French admiral, Lequiller, whose powerful squadron uses guile and ruthless determination to elude him and vanish into the Atlantic. Hyperion, as part of a small British force, gives chase, the desperate voyage taking them from the Bay of Biscay's squall to the heat of the Caribbean - and for each mile sailed and every battle fought Bolitho finds himself being forced into the ever more demanding role of strategist and squadron commander.

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