By David Donachie
The long-awaited go back of the Bucephalas to the security of the Cinque Ports is interrupted through a disastrous engagement within the Channel. The looming form of a merchantman becalmed in fog offers a virtually impossible to resist attract. yet for Harry Ludlow and his battle-weary workforce, the pursuit of 1 final effortless prize results in a determined struggle.
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Harry looked up, giving James a wan smile, before he turned his attention towards the waist. He could still see, in the glim, the party of sailors Rykert had put aboard, sprawled on the gangways 48 T H E P R I V AT E E R S M A N M Y S T E R I E S either side of the ship’s boats. He’d racked his brain for a way to outwit them since they’d followed him on to the deck, but nothing presented itself short of violence, which would bring the whole weight of the Admiralty down on their heads. They would face arrest wherever they landed.
A price, Mr Adams, if you please,” said James quickly, as he saw Harry turn away, seemingly staring at the figurehead drawings pinned to the office wall. The shipwright grabbed a quill and looked at the ship before leaning over beside his father to scribble on a scrap of paper. Whispers were exchanged and repeated A GAME OF BONES 61 several times, with questions to Harry about the state of various ship’s sections. Finally both seemed satisfied. The son held the paper at arm’s length, looked at it hard, then grunted.
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.
A Game of Bones by David Donachie