Master and Commander Charles Hayden returns within the riveting seafaring event by way of bestselling writer S. Thomas Russell.
In 1794, the French Revolution rages, and Charles Hayden units off aboard the HMS Themis with orders to spoil a French frigate and to assemble intelligence from a royalist undercover agent. Upon getting to know French plans for an drawing close invasion of britain, Hayden needs to go back to Portsmouth to elevate the alarm ahead of it’s too late.
But the enemy is laying in wait—and so starts a perilous chase out into the Atlantic and into the clutches of a robust French squadron. with out likelihood of combating their method via, Hayden and his officials are taken prisoner.
Shipwrecked in a hurricane at the French coast and wrong for a French sea officer, Hayden needs to test a determined get away to warn the Lords of the Admiralty. Failure will suggest the invasion of England—and the guillotine for Hayden.
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I presumed he had a great deal of struggle in him for a guy so as regards to dying. ” “Did you spot Greenfield’s wound, Mr Hawthorne? ” Griffiths were listening, his countenance turning out to be progressively more grave. “I did. He were shot within the again. ” “Where? ” Hawthorne reached over his personal shoulder and patted his again. “Just the following, sir. ” “Are you definite, Mr Hawthorne? ” “Most definite. one of many males known as out that Greenfield were shot, and as i used to be reloading my musket I became and observed him slumped over his oar. there has been blood soaking via his jacket up right here, excessive on his again at the left part. ” Griffiths and Hayden exchanged a look. “From the instant he used to be struck through the ball until eventually he died, how a lot time handed? ” Griffiths requested. Hawthorne paused to contemplate this, as if he have been working over the series of occasions in his brain. “Not very lengthy, health care professional. 5 mins . . . not at all quite a bit as ten. ” Hayden seemed to the doctor, elevating his eyebrows, yet Griffiths signalled that he had not more inquiries to ask. “That may be all, Mr Hawthorne. thanks. ” Hawthorne, who used to be taller than Hayden, rose to a stooped place, touched his imaginary hat, and crouched off to hitch the others. “There seems to be a outstanding discrepancy among the 2 accounts,” Hayden saw. “Indeed, and it truly is impressive in numerous methods. it sort of feels impossible to me that Greenfield might die so speedy of a wound inflicted so excessive on his again. If he was once now not smothered, then i might bet the most likely reason for demise will be lack of blood. yet a wound right here . . . ” He reached over his shoulder and touched his again . . . yet then he frowned. “Unless it was once closer the aorta than Hawthorne indicated . . . ” “But you can't kingdom with simple task that Greenfield didn't die of lack of blood? ” “I can't kingdom with sure bet something in any respect. i used to be no longer there. The wound used to be in his again, yet the place i don't recognize. a big artery could have been severed, yet that's not yes. Did Greenfield die simply because he was once smothered? a guy can't final very lengthy with out air, yet he can take a damned very long time to die of blood loss. If he died in 5 mins, he was once both smothered or a huge artery used to be severed. ” “Both males said that there has been loads of blood in facts. ” “That is correct, yet a small volume of blood unfold approximately can seem a long way more than it really is. I usually are not take that too heavily. ” Both males have been silent for a second, turning over what have been acknowledged. Les Droits de l’Homme’s gun fired back. “It does look a strange time to be enquiring into the problem of Greenfield’s death,” Griffiths saw. “The human reminiscence is especially fallible. the earlier such concerns are dropped at gentle, the higher. ” “I am convinced you're correct. And it does provide the boys whatever to consider on . . . except French prisons. ” “There is that besides. I do want Braithwaite and Carlson have been right here that i'd enquire additional into this subject. ” “Certainly, in the event that they are guilty—and now not fools—they will contrive to agree upon a unmarried tale.