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Summer, 1803: the uneasy peace with France is over, and Britain has once more been plunged into the turmoil of war. After a spell on the beach, Sir Richard Banks is appointed to HMS Prometheus, a seventy-four gun line-of-battleship which an eager Admiralty loses no time in ordering to sea. The ship is fresh from a major re-fit, but Banks has spent the last year with his wi Summer, 1803: the uneasy peace with France is over, and Britain has once more been plunged into the turmoil of war. After a spell on the beach, Sir Richard Banks is appointed to HMS Prometheus, a seventy-four gun line-of-battleship which an eager Admiralty loses no time in ordering to sea. The ship is fresh from a major re-fit, but Banks has spent the last year with his wife and young family: will he prove himself worthy of such a powerful vessel, and can he rely on his officers to support him? With excitement both aboard ship and ashore, gripping sea battles, a daring rescue and intense personal intrigue, The Scent of Corruption is a non-stop nautical thriller in the best traditions of the genre. Number seven in the Fighting Sail series.


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Summer, 1803: the uneasy peace with France is over, and Britain has once more been plunged into the turmoil of war. After a spell on the beach, Sir Richard Banks is appointed to HMS Prometheus, a seventy-four gun line-of-battleship which an eager Admiralty loses no time in ordering to sea. The ship is fresh from a major re-fit, but Banks has spent the last year with his wi Summer, 1803: the uneasy peace with France is over, and Britain has once more been plunged into the turmoil of war. After a spell on the beach, Sir Richard Banks is appointed to HMS Prometheus, a seventy-four gun line-of-battleship which an eager Admiralty loses no time in ordering to sea. The ship is fresh from a major re-fit, but Banks has spent the last year with his wife and young family: will he prove himself worthy of such a powerful vessel, and can he rely on his officers to support him? With excitement both aboard ship and ashore, gripping sea battles, a daring rescue and intense personal intrigue, The Scent of Corruption is a non-stop nautical thriller in the best traditions of the genre. Number seven in the Fighting Sail series.

30 review for The Scent of Corruption

  1. 5 out of 5

    Steven Toby

    Fast moving and exciting but derivative This book is another good read from Mr. Bond. It takes place on a ship of the line between England and Gibraltar and seems authentic although, like many other recent naval novels, it lacks the precise blow by blow narrative such as would be provided by C. S. Forester. It also has another flaw that prompted me to downgrade it to 4 stars: it is derivative, with an episode far too similar to one that appeared in “Lieutenant Hornblower”. This is the prisoners’ Fast moving and exciting but derivative This book is another good read from Mr. Bond. It takes place on a ship of the line between England and Gibraltar and seems authentic although, like many other recent naval novels, it lacks the precise blow by blow narrative such as would be provided by C. S. Forester. It also has another flaw that prompted me to downgrade it to 4 stars: it is derivative, with an episode far too similar to one that appeared in “Lieutenant Hornblower”. This is the prisoners’ revolt that came close to capturing the ship of the line, with the prize crew coming alongside to save the day. I thought that episode was a little shaky in the original and this new version is no better in spite of the poisoning episode that helps explain the success of the revolt.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chaplain Stanley Chapin

    Sailing ship action There was a good amount of sailing ship adventure and action and little family and land activity, as is present in some others.

  3. 5 out of 5

    George

    Another good read from Alaric Bond I am so very pleased I discovered Mr. Bond's "Fighting Sail" series. Suspenseful and intriguing plot lines full of empathetic characters. Vivid and exciting descriptions of naval combat. I can't put these books down. Another good read from Alaric Bond I am so very pleased I discovered Mr. Bond's "Fighting Sail" series. Suspenseful and intriguing plot lines full of empathetic characters. Vivid and exciting descriptions of naval combat. I can't put these books down.

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    Adrienne B. Ward

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