Faber and Faber Limited, 2007, Trade Paperback, Book Condition: Very Good, First
First impression. Size: Octavo (standard book size). 380 pages. Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. Pages lightly tanned throughout. All edges clean, neat and free of foxing. This book is available and ready to be shipped.. This is history, not fiction; but the story is pure Patrick O'Brian, with special effects out of The Perfect Storm. The Indian Ocean was the final battleground for Nelson's navy and France. At stake was Britain's commercial lifeline to Indiaâ??and its strategic capacity to wage war in Europe. In one fatal season, the natural order of maritime powe since Trafalgar was destroyed. In bringing home Bengali saltpeter for the Peninsular campaign with military and civilian passengers, Britain lost fourteen of her great Indiamen, either sunk or taken by enemy frigates. Many hundreds of lives were lost, and the East India Company was shaken to its foundations. The focus of these disasters, military and meteorological, was a tiny French outpost in mid-oceanâ??the island known as Mauritius. This is the story of that season. It brings together the terrifying ordeal of men, women, and children caught at sea in hurricanes, and those who survived to take up the battle to drive the French from the Eastern seas. Mauritius must be taken at any cost. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Military & Warfare; British History; Britain/UK; 19th century; History. ISBN: . ISBN/EAN: 9780571224661. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 7149.