By Alexander Kent
October 1789, and warfare clouds thunder over Europe while Richard Bolitho steers the Tempest into the perilous waters of the good South Sea. to guard weak English delivery lanes from her seagoing enemies, he needs to face the dangers of fickle winds, pirates, and savage islanders.
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He lowered the glass and watched a shark rise momentarily to show the whole of its sleek back to the sunlight, barely an oar’s length from the side. ” Even his voice was hushed. Like the hot breeze. Like the ship. 50 PASSAGE TO M U T INY Bolitho raised the glass again and saw Starling, one of the master’s mates, standing upright in the sternsheets, his arm outstretched. ” Bolitho shut the glass with a snap. ” He looked up, shading his eyes with his forearm. Under topsails and jib only Tempest was making poor headway.
But I feel the wind rising a bit. ” He gestured with a hand tanned so dark it looked like carved mahogany. “Look astern. Tongatapu 60 PASSAGE TO M U T INY is all but hidden in mist. ” Bolitho nodded. The main island which they had sighted first was no more than a green and purple blur. Yet the eastern coastline was all of ten miles long, according to the latest chart. To be hidden in thick mist, while out here, just a few miles away, the wind was freshening, warned of something fiercer to come.
Beyond it the sea was glittering and painful to look at. How much worse in a big transport loaded with convicts. If the Eurotas was aground somewhere, then the first fear would soon change to something more dangerous. The desire to escape, to be free with even the tiniest chance of survival, could make men do the impossible. If the wind holds. It must be engraved on every sea officer’s heart, Bolitho thought. He eyed Lakey thoughtfully. “So be it. One hundred and forty miles to Tongatapu. ” Lakey shrugged.
Passage to Mutiny (The Bolitho Novels) (Vol 7) by Alexander Kent