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Barbary Coast
HMS Expedient Series, Book 3

by Peter Smalley

      Lieutenant James Hayter is hoping for his own ship, but instead he finds himself haring off into the wilds of Dartmoor to find his erstwhile captain, William Rennie. They are both sailing in HMS Expedient again and, for a third time, they have secret orders from the sinister spymaster, Sir Robert Greer. Their mission is to assist Britainís ally, Rashid Bey of Rabhet, to rid the area of the fleet of corsairs sent by Rashidís enemy, the Dey of Tunis.

Now read on! This is another thrilling adventure following hot on the heels of HMS Expedient and Port Royal. If you havenít read any sea stories before and are wondering what all the fuss is about, you would be advised to start with this series (they need to be read in order). You have the lot in these books - descriptions of life aboard a fighting frigate, sinister spies and secret missions, gripping descriptions of sea battles, pirates and humor. This last ingredient is not always present in this type of fiction, and reading this series makes me realize once again how much more well-rounded a story is when it is included. Rennie and Hayter are engaging characters, very real seeming with faults as well as virtues, and if you are mourning the loss of Patrick OíBrien, then again these might well be the books for you. They are the books for anybody who enjoys a good adventure story, replete with derring-do on one hand and the minutiae of late 18th century life on land, as well as at sea on the other. If you want romance then you had better go elsewhere, but with so much else going on I didnít miss it so maybe you wonít either. Highly recommended.

The Book

Century (Random House UK)
May 3, 2007
Historical Adventure [1789 Dartmoor and coast of Tunisia etc]
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The Reviewer

Rachel A Hyde
Reviewed 2007
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