By Alexander Kent
3 novels in a single! Sixteen-year-old Richard Bolitho joins the British Royal military as a tender midshipman. persist with his adventures as he undergoes a critical initiation into the damaging global of the good crusing warships!
1. Richard Bolitho: Midshipman
1772: a tender Richard Bolitho joins the 74-gun Gorgon. Naive and untested, Bolitho needs to research the methods of the army fast if he's to survive.
2. Midshipman Bolitho and the Avenger
1773: Bolitho returns domestic to Cornwall for Christmas, yet smuggling, send wrecking and witchcraft tear aside his once-peaceful community.
3. Band of Brothers
1774: Bolitho stands close to manhood and takes his exam to start his actual occupation as a King's Officer. yet quickly he needs to try his mettle opposed to vicious smugglers!
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