The best novel you will ever find about the modern Navy – torn from today’s headlines!
The West African state of Liberia is disintegrating into bloody civil war, and the only hope of evacuation for the British and American citizens and diplomats is HMS Beaufort steaming home after exercises. It should be a routine job to get some boats ashore and pick up the citizens from the beach, but when a lucky shot from an ageing howitzer cripples the computer on board, the captain and crew have to get ashore, fight a pitched battle and bring people home in much the way that Nelson’s Navy would have done – with guts and ingenuity.
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'King's Shilling' is an explosive novel of action and character, pitching the men and women of a British warship into a nail-biting race against time to evacuate civilians from the bloody cauldron of an African civil war.
With the country suddenly plunged into political chaos and insurgents only a few miles from the capital, the Western powers need to get their people out of Liberia.
HMS 'Beaufort' is diverted to make the pick-up.
It soon becomes clear that even in the age of smart weaponry and sophisticated geopolitical planning, the modern naval commander must still rely on courage, ingenuity and guts to survive.
'King's Shilling' is a superb portrait of the modern navy, and thrillingly describes how a brilliantly drawn cast of characters reacts to a life-or-death situation.About the Author:
Mike Lunnon-Wood was born in Africa and educated in Australia and New Zealand. He was based in the Middle East for ten years. He now lives and writes in England.
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0006511627