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On holiday, ashore with his new wife at a chateau in France, Captain Lord Ramage finds the honeymoon interrupted by an end to the Peace of Amiens-and a return to war which will last over a decade. Finding themselves on unfriendly soil just hours before hostilities commence, Ramage and Sarah elude the grasp of Napoleon's secret police, seeking to close upon all the Brits and French Royalists they can find. Even as they escape, their host is captured and deported to the notorious penal colony on Devil's Island. ...
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Ramage's Devil

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Overview

On holiday, ashore with his new wife at a chateau in France, Captain Lord Ramage finds the honeymoon interrupted by an end to the Peace of Amiens-and a return to war which will last over a decade. Finding themselves on unfriendly soil just hours before hostilities commence, Ramage and Sarah elude the grasp of Napoleon's secret police, seeking to close upon all the Brits and French Royalists they can find. Even as they escape, their host is captured and deported to the notorious penal colony on Devil's Island. Ultimately, back at the helm of the Calypso and among old friends, Ramage finds himself heading in the same direction. But given the Island's impregnable reputation, can he pull off a rescue?

Dudley Pope is well known, both as the creator of the Ramage novels and as a distinguished naval historian. Pope falsified his age in order to enlist in the British Merchant Navy during World War II. In action, his ship was torpedoed and he spent 14 days at sea in an open lifeboat. After being discharged due to the injuries he received, he worked as the naval and defense correspondent at the London Daily News. He turned to writing fiction at the urging of C. S. Forester, who viewed Pope as his creative heir. Author of ten scholarly works as well as the 18 books in the Ramage series, Dudley Pope died in 1997.

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"An author who really knows Nelson's navy."  —The Observer

"The first and still favourite rival to Hornblower."  —Daily Mirror

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590135440
  • Publisher: McBooks Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2002
  • Series: The Lord Ramage Novels , #13
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 123,780
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Dudley Bernard Egerton Pope was born in 1925 into an ancient Cornish seafaring family. He joined the Merchant Navy at the age of sixteen and spent much of his early life at sea. He was torpedoed during the Second World War and resulting spinal injuries plagued him for the rest of his life.

Towards the end of the war Pope turned to journalism, becoming the Naval and Defence Correspondent for the 'London Evening News'. At this time he also researched naval history and in time became an authority on the Napoleonic era and Nelson's exploits, resulting in several well received volumes, especially on the Battles of Copenhagen and Trafalgar.

Encouraged by Hornblower creator CS Forester, he also began writing fiction using his own experiences in the Navy and his extensive historical research as a basis. In 1965, he wrote 'Ramage', the first of his highly successful series of novels following the exploits of the heroic 'Lord Nicholas Ramage' during the Napoleonic Wars. Another renowned series is centred on 'Ned Yorke', a buccaneer in the seventeenth century Caribbean and then with a descendant following the 'Yorke' family naval tradition when involved in realistic secret operations during the Second World War.

Dudley Pope lived aboard boats whenever possible, along with his wife and daughter, and this was where he wrote the majority of his novels. Most of his adult life was spent in the Caribbean and in addition to using the locale for fictional settings he also wrote authoritatively on naval history of the region, including a biography of the buccaneer Sir Henry Morgan. He died in 1997 aged seventy one.

'The first and still favourite rival to Hornblower' - Daily Mirror

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  • Posted March 30, 2012

    Very good! One of the best in the series

    "Ramage's Devil" is number 13 in the series of 18. I have read through #15 (Ramage's Challenge). All of the Ramage series books are packed full of action, have masterful plots and excellent character development. The only criticism I have with the series is that the author sometimes spends more time than I think necessary describing the terra firma landsmarks! Parts of some books could be used as travelogues. Fortunately, Dudley Pope explains in great detail, painting a clear visual picture, the intricacies of ship handling under sail, the difficult life of sailors, the violence of naval battle and the arbitrary nature of England's Admiralty Board and "Articles of War." This book is well balanced on all accounts. I judge it one of the best in the series. I am not sure, but I guess that the intended audience is 12 years old and above. If you Start at #1 ("Ramage") you will be hooked for the rest.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Continues the adventures of Lord ramage

    The continuing saga of Lord Ramage has an added twist that is not in any of his other advendtures. If you have read #12 you can probably guess what that twist is. If you haven't and try and read this on its own then you are going wonder how the charecters got to where hey are. This is one of those series of books where it it important to that you keep in sequence. As with all of the books this one is very exciting. It starts out a bit slow and you start to wonder where the author is going with this one. It takes a while, but once it gets going it is a vey interesting and fun book to read. I have just ordered 14 and 15 to read.

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