By S. Thomas Russell
"[A] exciting tale of nautical warfare" ("Kirkus Reviews") from the writer of "Under Enemy Colors."
Winter 1793. grasp and Commander Charles Hayden is given orders to come back to the ill-fated HMS Themis because the British struggle the French for keep watch over of the strategically situated island of Corsica, the place his captaincy and armed forces ability are stretched to their utmost as he reveals himself on the forefront of this brutal conflict of empires.
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Old Rēkohu was thus partitioned & the Moriori informed they were now Maori vassals. In early December, when some dozen Aboriginals protested, they were casually slain with tomahawks. ” Chatham Isle encloses a vast eastern salt marsh lagoon, Te Whanga, very nearly an inland sea but fecundated by the ocean at high tide through the lagoon’s “lips” at Te Awapatiki. Fourteen years ago, the Moriori men held on that sacred ground a parliament. Three days it lasted, its object to settle this question: Would the spillage of Maori blood also destroy one’s mana?
Husbandry was not practiced, for no mammals walked these isles until passing whalers willfully marooned pigs here to propagate a parlor. In their virgin state, the Moriori were foragers, picking up paua shellfish, diving for crayfish, plundering bird eggs, spearing seals, gathering kelp & digging for grubs & roots. Thus far, the Moriori were but a local variant of most flaxen-skirted, feather-cloaked heathens of those dwindling “blind spots” of the ocean still unschooled by the White Man. Old Rēkohu’s claim to singularity, however, lay in its unique pacific creed.