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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (125 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jay Worrall Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Dientes de Diablo, 1797

With his first historical high-seas adventure chronicling the exploits of Naval Commander Charles Edgemont, Jay Worrall sets sail in the rousing tradition of C. S. Forester and Patrick O’Brian.

The year is 1797. Napoleon Buonaparte is racking up impressive wins in the field against the enemies of revolutionary France. On the seas, England is putting up a staunch resistance.

When a modest fleet of British ships off the coast of Portugal encounters a larger force of Spanish vessels on their way to rendezvous with the French, the English are quick to seize the opportunity for a victory—even at the risk of a calamitous defeat.

Twenty-five-year-old Charles Edgemont is second lieutenant aboard the HMS Argonaut, the smallest ship in the British line of battle. When orders come for the Argonaut to engage in an all-but-suicidal maneuver to cut off the escape of the Spanish ships, he leads his gun crews bravely—until the death of the captain and the first lieutenant elevates him to command of the stricken vessel. In the chaos that follows, his defiant refusal to yield under enemy fire earns him a permanent promotion.

Thanks to the purse awarded him by the Admiralty after the fight, Charles is wealthy beyond his wildest dreams. But there are challenges when he returns home after years at sea. His newfound riches will prove no help when it comes to winning the heart of Penelope Brown, the feisty Quaker with whom Charles falls in love. Even more of a hindrance is his profession, for Penelope regards war as sinful and soldiers as little better than murderers.

Changing Penelope’s mind may just be the hardest battle Charles has ever fought—at least until fresh orders send him back to sea, where he faces a more traditional and equally formidable adversary in a series of stirring battles of will and might.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Eirik | 2/25/2013

    " An excellent book of his Majestey's Imperial Navy during the time of the Tyrant's hold on Europe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Steve | 2/7/2013

    " Almost as good as a Patrick O'Brien novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nathan Beers | 1/10/2013

    " Good first entry from this author to the nautical genre. I think I'm really beginning to enjoy this genre... especially in the autumn. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Bonnie | 11/7/2012

    " I found this disappointing. The details about sailing in the 1800's just did not interest me. Then I felt betrayed when the sweet pure romance didn't quite make it untill marriage. Skip it. "

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