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January Out in the wastes of the Indian Ocean, British ships are sinking. The cause: a German armed raider, disguised to deceive unwary merchantmen. After years together in bloody combat with the Nazis, the cruiser's crew will disperse to fight in other ships, in other seas.
But a call January He puts to sea immediately. His mission: to seek out and destroy the raider. And in this conflict, one ship must die. Get A Copy.
Execution of Captain Kidd
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Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Mar 21, Leigh rated it it was amazing Shelves: adventure , australian , english , historical , military , own , romance , seafaring , world-war-two , will-read-again. This was Douglas Reeman at his best!! Mar 06, Sreescanda rated it it was amazing. If you want to read real ocean warfare books, Reeman's the man! Nov 12, Jim rated it really liked it Shelves: historyl-fiction , naval-fiction. Post a Comment. If you want a feel for the real Fifties in the form of a grim caper novel, this is your book.
It's tight, deftly plotted and one of those hardboiled novels that is genuinely tough without showing off. There's a sweaty post-war anger on every page. For some the war was fading into memory. WW11 hated. This could easily have been a John D. MacDonald but JDM wouldn't have infused it with quite so much rage and nihilism. I really recommend it. Bob Colby was a nice guy who struggled through a four decade run as a free-lancer. He never had the hit he deserved.
Kidd was in London in , when he set off on the voyage that was to be his undoing. He left Deptford in February in his ship Adventure Galley of tons and 34 guns — probably a cross between a sailing ship and an oared galley — with a government commission to suppress pirates in the Indian Ocean. It took him almost a year to reach Madagascar and the East African coast and he then thought it more profitable to turn pirate himself.
In January Kidd seized a valuable ship of tons, the Quedah Merchant, on her way from Bengal round the southern tip of India, carrying silk, muslin, calico, sugar and opium. With what was now his own little flotilla, Kidd presently sailed for the West Indies, arriving in April to discover that the government had proclaimed him a pirate. He left the Quedah at the island of Hispaniola, where she was unloaded and subsequently burned, bought a small ship called the Antonio and sailed to Boston, where he tried to convince the British governor, the Earl of Bellomont, that he was innocent of the accusations against him.
After further lengthy enquiries by the Admiralty, on 8 and 9 May , at the Old Bailey Kidd was tried for the murder of Moore and on multiple counts of piracy, and found guilty. Nine members of his crew were in the dock with him on the piracy charges. Whether the evidence was convincing and the trial fair has been debated ever since.
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Kidd became a legendary figure largely because no one ever discovered what had happened to the rest of his treasure — if there really was any more to be found. Its value multiplied as time went by and treasure-hunters have searched for his loot from the Americas to the South China Sea, but so far in vain.