The year is 1798. Commodore Richard Bolitho is sent to the Mediterranean where Napoleon's naval forces are massing, preparing to annex Egypt. When Bolitho places his squadron between the Nile and the entire French fleet, the fate of his men and the freedom of his nation hang on the decisions he must make in the awful heat of battle.
Alexander Kent, pen name of Douglas Edward Reeman, joined the British Navy at 16, serving on destroyers and small craft during World War II, and eventually rising to the rank of lieutenant. He has taught navigation to yachtsmen and has served as a script adviser for television and films. His books have been translated into nearly two dozen languages.