Following her action against the French (see The Scent of Corruption) HMS Prometheus is repaired at Gibraltar and sent into the Mediterranean to join Nelson’s fleet blockading Toulon. Damaged in an action she is soon heading back to Gibraltar taking a prize on the way. Repaired once again she heads back to Toulon but encounters a powerful French squadron.
There is plenty of action in the narrative with challenges and life changing consequences for Bond’s mixture of old, new and returning characters. A well-written plot with a good pace that is hard to put down.
Another excellent read from one of the best contemporary naval fiction authors. Highly recommended.