Ramage & the Rebels (The Lord Ramage Novels) (Volume 9)

By Dudley Pope

A sinking British send, her staff and passengers—men and ladies alike—ruthlessly murdered by the hands of a French privateer. this is often the nightmare Ramage and the workforce of the Calypso bump into whereas engaged in a sweep for freebooters within the waters off Jamaica. Supported via his males in a thirst for righteous vengeance, Ramage units sail to convey the murderers to justice.

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Might be I must have stated ‘condition,’ no longer ‘terms. ’” “Please clarify extra totally. ” There can be a few wish but. “I can't warrantly to shield the island. i will settle for the island’s give up and wish that my commander-in-chief will conform to ship troops and ships for its defence. yet 4 weeks or extra may move earlier than they come, no matter if my Admiral is of the same opinion, and that may be a lot too past due. the following 4 days are the severe ones for you. should you can live to tell the tale the subsequent 4 days you'll be secure for greater than 4 weeks. ” “But we can’t. ” “No, I don’t imagine you could, Your Excellency. ” “And you refuse to assist us? ” “As issues stand, I can’t. in the meanwhile you're our enemy—you put out of your mind we're the following less than a flag of truce. If I helped you, i might be in charge of treason, of assisting the enemy. ” and naturally he's fairly correct; this Ramage has now not allow himself be dazzled via the assumption of taking the give up of an island. “So, my Lord, we succeed in stalemate? ” he's shaking his head; rather a distinct circulation. yet has he an alternate concept finally? His Lieutenant is asking around at him, evidently stunned. Lausser is sitting rigidly in his chair. “What do you intend, then? ” The phrases sound strangled, yet Ramage turns out to not discover. “That you quit with no stipulations, Your Excellency. ” “But, my Lord, you can't count on me—why, you'll signal the device and simply sail away, leaving us to be slaughtered via those rebels. ” “I may. ” And now he seems to be me immediately within the eye. “But then all i might have will be a valueless sheet of paper, now not an island, so do you think that i might? ” “No, i don't. ” In all honesty one has to confess that. “But why do you reject my ? ” “Your Excellency, i've got advised you. I can’t signal a record making certain you anything which can't be assured. a few males could signal a rfile making certain to make the sunlight upward push within the west. i'm really not certainly one of them. ” “What do you recommend we do? ” And the following finally, within the sixty-third yr of my existence, I, Gottlieb van Someren, Governor of Curaçao, as soon as honoured with numerous titles which have been held through many forebears yet now formally addressed as “Citizen,” am asking a tender British frigate captain what he indicates I do with the island I govern. The ironies of wars and revolution—and of Nature’s delays too: the place is the Delft? “You have just one selection, Your Excellency. i feel you recognize what it's. ” “I like to listen it from you. ” “Surrender the island with none , and placed your self lower than the security of His Britannic Majesty. I repeat the final part—’put your self lower than the safety of His Britannic Majesty. ’ You get no warrantly approximately whatever. ” “How will that support me or my humans? ” Now he provides a boyish grin; no longer an crafty or sly grin, yet certainly one of pride. “All it does is aid me that can assist you. At this second I can’t assist you in any way—indeed, it really is uncertain if I should still also be speaking with you—because you're ‘the enemy. ’ for those who give up and placed your self below British security, you turn into my best friend.

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