In 1793, British navy commander Nathan Peake get his chance for action when France declares war on England and descends into the bloody madness of the Terror. Peake is entrusted with a mission to wreck the French economy by smuggling fake bank notes into Paris.
Newly-promoted Captain Nathan Peake has been dispatched to the Caribbean to take command of the British navy's latest frigate, the 32-gun Unicorn, a ship with an already tragic history of mutiny and murder.
Napoleon Bonaparte’s ambitions for world domination are growing apace, and when Captain Sir Thomas Kydd returns to take up command of his ship Tyger, he finds himself called to be part of a great armada on a mission of the utmost urgency. Britain is alone and isolated in Europe. If the kingdom is to thwart a deadly threat she must move very quickly to secure her position with neutral Denmark.
Kydd confides in friends his true feelings about the way his old commander was treated in a court-martial, and when his opinions become public, finds himself in hot water with the Admiralty. Kydd is punished for his indiscretion by being given a very difficult command. This turns out to be a mutiny ship, Tyger. On board he faces numerous challenges from a hostile and dejected crew, still under a malign influence. It will take all of Kydd’s seamanship and leadership in voyages to the Far North and in Baltic waters to turn the ship around.
The orders from the Admiralty to the Captain were explicit. He was to take his ship to the small island of Santu, which lay under threat of invasion from the Communist mainland of China, and evacuate the British colony there.
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1796: Nathan Peake, captain of the frigate Unicorn is sent with a small squadron into the Adriatic to help bring Venice into an Italian alliance with Britain against the French. He establishes a British naval presence and confronts the politics of "intrigue, poison and the stiletto" in Venice, but learns that Bonaparte is negotiating a peace deal with the Austrians--Britain's only remaining ally.
Burmese Coast, 1944 . . . After four years, the tide of war is turning in North Africa and Europe. The conflict in Southeast Asia, however, has reached new heights of savagery. The Special Operations mission off the Burmese coast requires volunteers. Both men with nothing to live for as well as men with everything to lose.
1797: Britain stands alone against the forces of Revolutionary France. A victorious French Army, led by the youthful Napoleon Bonaparte, is poised to invade Britain. And in his country's darkest hour, Captain Nathan Peake finds himself imprisoned by his own side on the Rock of Gibraltar charged with treason.