Ramage & the Rebels (The Lord Ramage Novels) (Volume 9)

By Dudley Pope

A sinking British send, her workforce and passengers—men and girls alike—ruthlessly murdered by the hands of a French privateer. this can be the nightmare Ramage and the group of the Calypso bump into whereas engaged in a sweep for freebooters within the waters off Jamaica. Supported via his males in a thirst for righteous vengeance, Ramage units sail to convey the murderers to justice.

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None had water, although; the breakers have been left in them, however the French grasp were warned that they have been empty and, in any emergency, could first want filling. once more Ramage checked out his watch. the 2 frigates had drifted good to the west of Curaçao now, and there has been part an hour to move sooner than l. a. Perle will be get rid of. Now was once the time to offer Duroc his directions, and to spring the ultimate (and, he admitted, rather malicious) shock on Citizen Bazin. He went to his cabin after passing the note that Duroc was once to be pointed out, yet with out the opposite prisoners seeing him. in the intervening time the Frenchman knew totally not anything, except what he may have guessed from the proof of his personal ears. Ramage had now not been right down to consult him; the Marine sentries guarding him in Aitken’s cabin have been warned to assert not anything, in case Duroc may well in truth converse English. Bazin and the opposite lieutenants didn't recognize he was once there; they knew not anything of him. the fellow introduced into Ramage’s cabin through Marines used to be a shrunken model of the burly braggart despatched lower than lower than safeguard sooner than los angeles Perle was once captured. The dim mild of the lantern emphasised the deep traces of fear, marking his face like crevices in a cliff, and he was once licking his lips nervously like a person caricaturing a worried guy. His shoulders have been hunched, as though unconsciously hiding his neck from a guillotine blade. Ramage stored him status in order that the fellow needed to cock his head to at least one facet. “Ah, Captain Duroc, you recognize what has occurred for your send? ” “You captured her. I pay attention her along. And the pumps, I listen them operating. ” Ramage nodded. “Your males are nonetheless on board her. The 5 who have been wounded were taken care of and placed again on board—their wounds have been mild. ” “Five? what number useless? ” “None. ” “And now, sir? ” Duroc’s eyes printed his fears of what might occur whilst the French Ministry of Marine in Paris heard these figures. The Captain no longer on board, not anyone killed, the send misplaced to the enemy—it may possibly merely suggest treason to minds so conversant in discovering or production it. Ramage passed him the chart which Southwick had drawn. “Sit down there, on that sofa. you could learn the chart—there is adequate gentle? sturdy. Now, you recognize your send is sinking? ” Duroc nodded miserably. “But you're convinced your pumps can stay alongside of the leaks? ” back Duroc nodded. “Yes, but when they worsen …” “Quite, you threat the leaks getting worse, and your males have gotten exhausted. That was once why you have been making for Curaçao, to careen her? ” Duroc nodded for the 3rd time, learning the chart. “Your vacation spot is now replaced. you may be placed again on board your send in a couple of minutes, and you'll have that chart, and water for your entire males for 2 days. there is not any powder, the weapons are spiked, and my schooner will escort you to Spanish waters. ” Duroc seemed up at him, accepting the placement yet evidently assuming a few seize. “We shall now not be prisoners, then? ” “Only of yourselves and your send. for 2 days the leaks and the pumps might be your guards.

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