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By Dewey Lambdin

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The yr 1809 begins out badly for Captain Alan Lewrie, Royal army, and his send, HMS Sapphire. They’ve extracted the in poor health, chilly survivors of Sir John Moore’s military from catastrophe at Corunna, obtained hit by means of lightning whereas escorting the military to England, and suffered a shattered mainmast which could finish Lewrie’s lively fee if a alternative can’t be discovered or shaped quickly. Admiralty wishes troopships, now not sluggish, outdated Fourth expense two-deckers, so Lewrie needs to beg, borrow, scouse borrow, and gild the proof so much glibly if he needs to maintain her and her expert workforce together.

Just while he imagines he’s succeeded, new orders come appointing him a Commodore over a wee squadron assigned to prey upon French seaborne provide convoys off the treacherous north coast of Spain, greater referred to as the Costa da Morte, the Coast of loss of life, the place the ocean should be extra harmful to him and his ships than the French army! Basing out of newly received Lisbon, the place Lewrie hopes his mistress from Gibraltar, Maddalena Covilhá, could movement, he’s certain of 1 factor: It's going to be a rocky 12 months that, optimistically, doesn’t contain wrecking at the rugged seashores of Spain!

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Lev Davidovich would never know if the twelve days during which they remained stranded in that spot in the middle of nowhere ­were due to the delays in the diplomatic consultations or if it was only because of the most devastating snowstorm he’d ever seen, capable of lowering the thermometers to forty degrees below zero. Covered with all of the coats, hats, and blankets at their disposal, they received Seriozha and Anya, who traveled without the children, who ­were still too little to be exposed to those temperatures.

But soon Caridad would feel that those places had an excess of that which she ­wasn’t seeking (men willing to inebriate her to throw her in bed) and something, still undefined, was lacking, something capable of motivating her and reconciling her with her own soul. Then that fine woman, surrounded by luxury and comfort from birth, educated by nuns, an expert rider of Arabian h ­ orses, married to that own­er of factories who was, by his very nature, removed from the feelings of men who worked for their wealth, removed her jewels and attractive clothing and descended in search of the shadiest corners of the city.

He felt that, at that exact moment, his exile was beginning—­true, complete, without any support. Aside from his family and a very few friends who had reiterated their solidarity, he was a man who was overwhelmingly alone. His only useful allies for a battle like the one he had to initiate (how? ) ­were still confined in work camps or had already given in, but all of them remained within the borders of the Soviet ­Union, and his relationship with them was snuffed out by distance, repression, and fear.

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