Under False Colours


Acting for the Admiralty's Secret Department, Captain Nathaniel Drinkwater advertises his cargo of Russian military stores, thus embarking on a scheme to flout Napoleon's Continental System and antagonize the French Emperor's new ally, Czar Alexander.
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Under False Colours: #10 A Nathaniel Drinkwater Novel

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Acting for the Admiralty's Secret Department, Captain Nathaniel Drinkwater advertises his cargo of Russian military stores, thus embarking on a scheme to flout Napoleon's Continental System and antagonize the French Emperor's new ally, Czar Alexander.
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Editorial Reviews

Nautical Magazine
Packed with exciting incident worthy of wide appeal to those who love thrilling nautical encounters and the sea.
Midwest Book Review
Much of the enjoyment of Under False Colours is the fact that Woodman writes with such authority. His mariner s lingo is flawless, and at times, the reader is befuddled with his sheer virtuosity in the area. But the action fills in the terms that the reader may be unaware of, and there is no doubt that Nathaniel Drinkwater rates up there with the best of the nautical world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574090796
  • Publisher: Sheridan House, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Series: Mariners Library Fiction Classic Series
  • Edition description: 1st U.S. Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 450,406
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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'God's bones!' Nathaniel Drinkwater swallowed the watered gin with a shudder of revulsion. His disgust was not entirely attributable to the loathsome drink: it had become his sole consolation in the weary week he had just passed. Apart from making the water palatable the gin was intended as an anodyne, pressed into service to combat the black depression of his spirits, but instead of soothing, it had had the effect of rousing a maddeningly futile anger. He pressed his face against the begrimed glass of the window, deriving a small comfort from its coolness on his flushed forehead and unshaven cheek. The first floor window commanded a view of the filthy alley below. From the grey overcast sky — but making no impression upon the dirty glass — a slanting rain drove down, turning the unpaved ginnel into a quagmire of runners and slime which gave off a foul stench. Opposite, across the narrow gutway between the smoke-blackened brick walls, a pie shop confronted him. 'God's bones,' Drinkwater swore again. Never in all his long years of sea service had an attack of the megrims afflicted him so damnably; but never before had he been so idle, waiting, as he was, above a ship's chandler's store in an obscure and foetid alley off Wapping's Ratcliffe Highway. Waiting ... And constantly nagging away at the back of his mind was the knowledge that he had so little time, that the summer was nearly past, had already passed, judging by the wind that drove the sleet and smoke back down the chimney pots of the surrounding huddled buildings.
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Table of Contents

Under False Colours Contents PART ONE: THE BAITING OF THE EAGLE 1 Upon a Secret Service 2 Baiting the Eagle 3 The Jew 4 The Gun-brig 5 The Storm 6 Coals to Newcastle 7 Helgoland PART TWO: THE LURING OF THE EAGLE 8 The Lure 9 Santa Claus 10 Hamburg 11 Sugar 12 The Iron Marshal 13 The Firing Party 14 Altona PART THREE: THE SNARING OF THE EAGLE 15 Beaute du Diable 16 The Burial Party 17 Ice 18 The Scharhorn 19 Refuge, Rescue and Retribution 20 Outrageous Fortune Author's Note
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