Passage to MutinyBook - 1999
OCTOBER 1789, NEW SOUTH WALES
Into Sydney, capital of Britain's infant colony, sails the frigate Tempest . She is one of His Majesty's ships employed in policing the new southern trade routes. Her captain is Richard Bolitho, who hopes to be ordered home to England.
Instead he is despatched on a mission to the islands of the Great South Sea, where he must face hazards of fickle winds, pirates and savage islanders. But he is menaced by deeper fears; the men of the Bounty have mutinied in these same waters; and from distant Europe comes news of a revolution in France...
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With all the mastery of narrative, attention to historical background, and vitality of plot that have made the author an international bestseller - and Richard Bolitho the best-known eighteenth-century naval hero created by a contemporary novelist - Alexander Kent presents his ninth Bolitho story. Chronologically in Bolitho's career it follows Command a King's Ship, which The Sunday Times acclaimed as 'authentic, inspiring, well characterised and, finally, moving'.
In October 1789, Captain Richard Bolitho, in command of the frigate Tempest, arrives at Sydney, capital of the infant colony of New South Wales. The ship has been in commission for two years and has been employed on isolated patrols, searching out pirates and protecting the great spread of trading concessions and their vulnerable supply routes. Instead of being ordered to England as he hopes, Bolitho is despatched to the outwardly idyllic islands of the Great South Sea where yet another trading concession has been claimed for the Crown. He hears of the Bounty mutiny in the same waters, and is aware of the many temptations to his own men, and to himself.
Unknown to him, the uneasy peace across Europe is relentlessly drawing to an end, and when news of the French Revolution eventually reaches Bolitho's lonely command he finds danger and death among the islands, and an involvement which is both personal and tragic.
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