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By Dudley Pope

Admiralty spies are attempting to find British officials and allies trapped at the mainland, between them Ramage's past love, Gianna, the Marchesa di Volterra. Ramage returns to the Tuscan coast, the place Bonaparte holds a gaggle of hostages for an unknown fate.

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The early life shrugged. “If I’d stayed, the French may most likely have shot me—or a minimum of enable me rot in a few legal. through escaping i will at least—” he gave a dry giggle, “—pay occasional visits. ” “Aye, this’ll be your moment that I’ve been on. Porto Ercole’s no longer that far-off. ” “But out of variety of a bomb ketch,” Orsini acknowledged, and moved over as Jackson got here up with nutrition and the flasks that have been jam-packed with water while the marines used them, yet now contained wine. That evening Ramage slept fitfully: mosquitoes appeared to whine earlier him in line forward, and from within reach a nightjar saved up its drearily monotonous “quark … quark …” sometimes a nightingale started making a song, and Ramage stumbled on himself wakening totally in order that he may well hearken to its music. one of many few drawbacks of existence at sea used to be that aside from the mewing of gulls once they have been with reference to land, the ocean used to be barren of birdsong. For too many nights now waking intended purely mendacity and brooding about Sarah. He famous that the worst half was once the uncertainty. If he knew evidently that the Murex were sunk in a gale or via the French, he may possibly mourn her. She will be useless and (the concept appeared harsh yet used to be now not) that may be that, simply because she couldn't nonetheless be soreness by any means. yet simply because she could have been captured (perhaps by means of privateers) something may have occurred. He pressured himself to contemplate it, although it made him shudder. If by means of privateers, they can have raped her and now be looking forward to an opportunity to ransom her. If captured by means of a French nationwide send, she will be a prisoner, and provided that Bonaparte seemed to be gathering the real and the well-known as hostages, she will be a heavily guarded prisoner in Paris. but … but … there has been no element in having hostages until your enemy knew approximately them. Their worth was once that the enemy knew you had them, and that anything disagreeable may ensue to them until he did no matter what used to be demanded because the expense in their lives or liberty. lifeless or a prisoner? And an identical went for Gianna: assassinated or a prisoner? definite, he idea bitterly, worry isn't realizing. He concept he might by no means sleep, yet ultimately he did, awoke as sunrise broke by way of Jackson’s insistent, “Sir … sir. ” one other day … one other march … extra judgements … hell hearth and damnation, he was once extra drained than he discovered. He desired to sleep, freed from these nightmares that have been now not nightmares simply because he used to be nonetheless conscious. Jackson handed him his boots after which waited to work out if there have been any orders. Ramage shook his head. His brain had by no means been so empty of rules or, for that topic, so adverse to them. principles intended motion, and each bone in his physique appeared bruised from marching and dozing at the not easy floor, each muscle stretched past its limits. there has been a odor of burning, and he glanced around to work out that the boys had lit a small bonfire and over it swung a pot, suspended from a tripod of 3 tree branches. Sailors regularly sought after anything sizzling to drink for breakfast, and the truth that they have been within the lee of a row of cypress, at the street from Manciano to the ocean, it appears made no distinction.

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