Balkan Glory

1811. The Adriatic, the ‘French Lake’, is now the most valuable territory Napoleon Bonaparte possesses. Captain Sir Thomas Kydd finds his glorious return to England is cut short when the Admiralty summons him to lead a squadron of frigates into these waters to cause havoc and distress to the enemy.

Kydd is dubbed ‘The Sea Devil’ by Bonaparte who personally appoints one of his sea heroes, Dubourdieu, along with a fleet that greatly outweighs the British, to rid him of this menace.

At the same time Persephone, Lady Kydd insists on accompanying her husband to Sicily and finds herself caught up in complex palace intrigues that threatens Britain’s slender position there.

Meanwhile, Nicholas Renzi is sent to Austria on a secret mission to plumb the mind of the devious arch-statesman, Count Metternich. Will the Austrians secretly stay staunch against the French? He discovers the truth and with it a deadly plan by Bonaparte that threatens the whole balance of power in Europe.

The only thing that can stop it is a decisive move at sea and for this he must somehow cross the Alps to the Adriatic to contact Kydd directly.

All things converge in a final climactic sea battle of the classic Nelson kind where the stakes could not be higher. Against impossible odds Kydd faces Dubourdieu and decisively shatters Bonaparte’s dreams of breaking out of Europe and marching to the gates of India and Asia.

Out in October!

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