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 by means of a disastrous engagement within the Channel. The looming form of a merchantman becalmed in fog provides a virtually impossible to resist attract. yet for Harry Ludlow and his battle-weary team, the pursuit of 1 final effortless prize results in a determined struggle.

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Dry biscuit washed down with water was no good to a growing lad. But his men had fared no better, and the shared deprivation seemed heroic. He felt almost saintlike in his fortitude, conjuring up images of Sisyphus and his rock. The smells that had wafted out of the galley seemed to linger in his nose. Yet he’d withstood temptation through the long night hours, refusing both coffee and toasted cheese, eventually seeing in the captain of the Lothian, sent to offer him hot spiced rum to ward off the cold, the image of a beguiling devil.

Yard ropes are reeved,” said Pender, “and some of the ships are dressed in red bunting. One or two have nooses rigged at the main, an’ all. ” Harry’s voice rose suddenly, and he shouted towards the waist. “Mr Levenson, gather your men by the gangway, if you please. I will not be entering Portsmouth harbour, as requested. ” “I have my orders, Captain Ludlow,” the youngster said, throwing back one side of his coat to reveal a sword. “You have that. But if you hail your captain he may pass on to you the intelligence he has just received.

Rykert’s voice boomed across the water. Harry saw him, wrapped in a boatcloak, standing by the taffrail of Amethyst, speaking trumpet in hand. ” “Brest,” said Harry, for James’s benefit. “However, I intend that my midshipman should stay aboard with you till you’re abreast of Southsea Castle. Their guard boats will see you through the narrows into Portsmouth harbour. I myself will escort you past the St Helen’s anchorage. Mr Levenson, I will send two boats for you. As soon as that is done, please bring back with you the men from the Lothian.

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