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Port Royal by Peter Smalley
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Port Royal (original 2006; edition 2007)

by Peter Smalley (Author)

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Info:Arrow Books (2007), 400 pages
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Not as good as the first in the series. Once again Rennie and Hayter are sent in HMS Expedient on another politically-charged mission, this time to Jamaica, where the French are believed to be considering invasion plans in the event of a resumption of hostilities. With the sinister Sir Robert Greer again in the background, the Expedients are expected to tease out treasonous plots in the sugar plantations, at considerable risk of their lives. Disappointingly little sea action this time, except for a marvellously depicted battle in the denouement. Still a good read but I would have prefered the story to occur more at sea than in convoluted plots on land. ( )
  drmaf | Dec 23, 2018 |
A very turgid disappointing book, the author was imitating the Aubrey / Maturin style without the quality O’Brian has in those books. I kept waiting for something to happen.
  BobH1 | Jul 10, 2010 |
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It is the year 1788. HMS Expedient has returned from a perilous secret mission to the Pacific Ocean. Her Captain, William Rennie, and First Lieutenant James Hayter should be wealthy men, but their patron, the sinister spymaster Sir Robert Greer, has seen that their rewards and their crews are meager at best. The most they can hope for is a new commission - no easy matter in the peace: and the only man with influence enough to get them one is Greer. Everyone knows that the uneasy calm that exists between Britain and pre Revolutionary France cannot last the coming political ferment on the Continent. French spies are already abroad in the British Colonies planning attacks that will take place when war breaks out. One of the places most at risk is the island of Jamaica: a key strategic and economic target of the French. Soon Expedient is on her way to Port Royal. There they find a society founded on the unimaginable riches of slavery and the plantations; a society threatened by sexual intrigue, scandal and the ever-present threat of fever. But soon murder is added to the mix and it falls to Rennie and Hayter to unravel a complex enemy plot taking place at the Governor's residence at Spanish Town; a plot that will end in a bloody and unexpected sea action.
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French spies are already abroad in the British Colonies planning attacks that will take place when war breaks out. One of the places most at risk is the island of Jamaica. Soon HMS Expedient is on her way to Port Royal, where they find a society founded on the riches of slavery and the plantations. But, soon murder is added to the mix.

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