1807: HMS Antigone is ordered to the Baltic. Napoleon's relentless advance across Europe has brought him to the very brink of Holy Russia. And Captain Nathaniel Drinkwater is faced with the most perilous mission of his career.
IN DISTANT WATER
From the very start of her mission to the Pacific, when Captain Nathaniel Drinkwater has to hang a deserter, His Majesty's Cruiser Patrician is dogged by ill-luck. Mutiny is in the air, the seas of Cape Horn are cruel and Drinkwater's top-secret orders are infuriatingly vague.
A PRIVATE REVENGE
1808: In the aftermath of a typhoon Captain Nathaniel Drinkwater brings His Britannic Majesty's frigate Patrician - dangerously overcrowded with Russian prisoners - into the shelter of the Pearl River on the China coast. When an apparently routine task goes wrong, Drinkwater is forced is forced to take risks with his ship, his crew and his life...
Richard Woodman was born in London in 1944. He became an indentured midshipman in cargo liners at 16 and has sailed in a variety of ships, serving from apprentice to captain. He remains a professional sailor and in 1978 won the Marine Society's Harmer Award.