Heart of Oak

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McBooks Press, Apr 1, 2008 - Fiction - 272 pages
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After the war with France has ended in 1818, Captain Adam Bolitho is given command of the newly commissioned frigate "Onward" and sent to North Africa on a diplomatic mission to accompany the French frigate "Nautilus" in a show of solidarity. He knows he is lucky--the voyage should be easy; but Adam longs for a chance to marry the beautiful Lowenna and settle down on the Bolitho estate in Cornwall. Instead he must deal with the envy and ambition of his officers, hidden agendas among his men, and the former enemy's proximity. Then the "Nautilus" becomes a sacrificial offering on the altar of Empire, and the hunt is on for a treacherous foe. Suddenly every man must discover for himself whether the brotherhood of the sea can transcend old hatreds and an ocean of blood.
 

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It is February 1818, and Adam Bolitho longs for marriage and a safe personal harbour. But with so much of Britain's fleet redundant, he knows he is fortunate to be offered H.M.S. Onward, a new 38-gun ... Read full review

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Contents

Epigraph
8
1 Face to Face
9
2 Alive Again
31
3 A Name to Remember
43
4 Yours to Command
56
5 Under My Hand
69
6 A Proud Moment
83
7 Written in Blood
97
12 The Longest Day
169
13 Ships that Pass
182
14 Storm Warning
200
15 No Heroics
211
16 Out of the Shadows
227
17 In the Kings Name
242
Epilogue
263
Chronology
269

8 One Company
112
9 Articles of War
125
10 Under Two Flags
137
11 Refuge
153
Back Flap
273
Back Cover
274
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About the author (2008)

Alexander Kent is the pen name of Douglas Edward Reeman, who joined the British Navy at 16 and eventually rose to the rank of lieutenant. He has taught navigation to yachtsmen and has served as a script adviser for television and films. He is the author of The Bolitho Novels series.

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