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By Alexander Kent

Spithead, 1784. His Majesty's Frigate, Undine, units sail for India and the seas past. Europe could be at peace—but in colonial waters the guarantees of statesmen count number for little and the bloody fight for supremacy nonetheless is going on.

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It's outfitted of stone. ” Herrick tried to shift Bolitho from his temper of passive melancholy. “But a number of ships and males may quickly wreck this damned Muljadi, definitely? ” “Once, might be. ” Bolitho tired the glass and stared at it. “This morning there has been a last try to overthrow the defences the following. I count on the attacker observed Undine go through the strait certain- terday and knew they need to make haste. Now they're long past into the jungle. Captain Vega of the garrison says they're going to head west to the marsh district, the place they are going to be taken by means of sea to Muljadi’s robust- carry. ” He gave an exceptional sigh. “Of the entire males on the cost, there are yet fifty survivors. Poisoned darts, musket balls, for they've got our guns, too, and fever have wrought a poor expense from them. there has been even a mutiny, whilst Vega’s males fought with their very own local infantrymen, such a lot of them too crazed with drink and de- spair to grasp what they have been approximately. ” Herrick stared at him. “What of Colonel Pastor, sir? Is he additionally killed? ” Bolitho sat down and massaged the white scar above his ribs. “I am coming to that half. Weeks again, a boat did ultimately arrive. to not deliver aid, or to supply aid to humans from their very own a part of the area. She was once the Argus , Thomas. ” He swung around, the weariness falling away like a cloak. “Of forty-four weapons, below the hand of Capitaine Le Chaumareys. He landed himself and met with Colonel Don Pastor. He introduced a message from Muljadi. in my view . ” He gripped the table with either arms. “And required him to decrease the flag, to relinquish all claims at the cost within the identify of Spain. ” “My God. ” “Indeed. it sounds as if the colonel instructed of support which might quickly arrive, yet Le Chaumareys laughed at him. acknowledged there will be no aid, no ships coming to his relief. ” “Then the French do have a hand during this, sir? ” “A tremendous one. ” His face lit up. “Cannot you spot it, Thomas? Le Chaumareys used to be urged to strength the Spanish to give up their rights right here. He knew greater than such a lot that Nervion or Undine, or either, will be not on time in any respect on hand. With the settle- ment passed over to Muljadi, and a written contract from Pastor, who in spite of everything is his King’s consultant right here, there will be not anything we or a person else might do. i've got doubtless Le Chaumareys had additional orders to understand Muljadi’s rule within the identify of France, and to provide him no matter what he had to keep an eye on his alliance. ” He seemed in the direction of the seashore, on the seamen who have been unloading of the boats. “But we did come, Thomas. Too overdue for Colonel Pastor, for he left within the Argus to parley for his males with Muljadi. I pity him, no matter if i love his braveness. ” Herrick nodded slowly, his eyes clouded. “And whilst he had long gone, the final assault started. No governor, few defenders. lifeless males have little to assert. ” Herrick considered their sluggish technique that morning, the mist at the water distorting the sounds of cannon hearth. No ask yourself the rest, ragged defenders had now not been in a position to wave or greet them. Undine should have looked like a miracle.

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