“Julian Stockwin is the superstar of naval fiction set during the Age of Sail . . . another great seafaring adventure” – Warships
His career in the Royal Navy in tatters and his happiness destroyed Commander Kydd is sent to Guernsey in disgrace, consigned to a quiet backwater guarding the Channel Islands. Would he ever escape the exile?
His sense of duty becomes his obsession. Hungering for victories over the French he becomes reckless, ready to sacrifice not just himself but his men. His best friend Nicholas Renzi warns him of the dangers looming but to no avail. Brutally betrayed off the Normandy coast, Kydd loses everything.
Penniless and alone, Kydd refuses to leave Guernsey till he can clear his name. Then he is given an extraordinary opportunity to salvage his fortunes and return to sea: as captain of a hated privateer…