A Baltic Affair

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IndieGo Publishing, Jan 7, 2013 - Fiction - 368 pages
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Captain Petroc Gray, commander of the ship-rigged sloop of war, HMS Kestrel, is drawn into diplomacy, intrigue, and espionage when he rescues the Freiherr von Dieffenbach and his family off the island of Rügen in the Baltic. The Freiherr is an important and valuable connection in the struggle to beat the Napoleonic Continental blockade of British trade, and his daughter, Silke, is a delightful young woman with a quick wit, brilliant intelligence, and a keen eye for observing the events unfolding around them. The ever-changing political alliances of the Northern European and Scandinavian states—war, sea battles, storms, death, and Napoleon’s “hundred days” leading to the defeat at Waterloo—all conspire to frustrate Petroc’s intention to seek Silke’s hand in marriage, right to the last. But Petroc isn’t one to be easily defeated, whether he is navigating the open seas or matters of the heart, and Silke stands bright and strong in his life like a beacon in a safe harbour.

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Patrick G. Cox spent thirty plus years in the Fire Service in South Africa and later in the UK. Born in Cape Town in 1946 and educated at the Selborne Primary and College in East London (the one in South Africa, not the slightly less well known one on the Thames), he has had a lifelong interest in the sea, ships and history. He draws his inspiration from the people and sometimes the events he has encountered in his career.

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