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A Game of Bones by David Donachie

By David Donachie

The long-awaited go back of the Bucephalas to the security of the Cinque Ports is interrupted via a disastrous engagement within the Channel. The looming form of a merchantman becalmed in fog provides a nearly impossible to resist attract. yet for Harry Ludlow and his battle-weary group, the pursuit of 1 final effortless prize results in a determined struggle.

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Just over a hundred feet long and well armed, the natural grace of her lines was somewhat spoiled by the accumulated damage. But she was still a hunter, not prey. ” Harry face clouded immediately. ” Adams responded to that as well, his lugubrious countenance becoming sombre again. ” “A price, Mr Adams, if you please,” said James quickly, as he saw Harry turn away, seemingly staring at the figurehead drawings pinned to the office wall. The shipwright grabbed a quill and looked at the ship before leaning over beside his father to scribble on a scrap of paper.

Had he stayed in the navy he might even have been in command of one by now. Queen Charlotte was there, along with Royal Sovereign. A sweep of the glass showed him Pompey and Ramillies, both of which he’d served in. He lifted his telescope from elaborate giltedged carving to look at the masts, searching for the pennants that would identify the ranks of the various senior officers. The sharp intake of breath as he made sense of what he saw caused Pender to speak. ” asked James. 56 T H E P R I V AT E E R S M A N M Y S T E R I E S “They fly that when they go into battle,” said Illingworth.

I think we must insist on the time limit, sir,” said Harry, after a moment’s silence. He hadn’t turned, and was clearly still affected by what Balthazar Adams had said about the fickle nature of fortune. ” He turned again, to indicate the children playing tag around the yard. “I’ve enough brats here as it is, without your lot getting to the womenfolk and producing a dozen more. That’s not something my workers would take kindly to. ” “Make it so, Mr Adams,” said James. ” What followed was rumour piled on conjecture, with father and son seemingly unaware of the contradictions of what they imparted.

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