Title: The First to Land
Publisher: Hutchinson, 1984
Publication Date: 1984
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Edition: First Edition
Near Fine/Near Fine. First Edition. fiction. Bookseller Inventory # 001487
Synopsis: A novel from the bestselling master storyteller of the sea.
1899, China. The Mandarins are becoming troublesome again and there are rumors that attacks will soon begin on British trade missions and legations. Captain David Blackwood of the Royal Marines, received a VC in the bloody battle for Benin, Africa but is now being packed off to this apparent backwater.
But there are plenty of troubles in store for Blackwood in the shape of an errant nephew and a beautiful German Countess who insists he personally escort her up river on a small steamer into the heart of the country. China is a sleeping tiger that will soon awake when the Boxer Rebellion erupts into bloody war in 1900. True to their motto, the Royal marines are the first to land -- and the last to leave.
This is the second novel in the Blackwood saga, spanning 150 years in the history of a great seafaring family and the tradition in which they served.
From the Publisher: Douglas Edward Reeman, a contemporary British writer, joined the British Navy at 16, serving on destroyers and small craft during World War II and eventually rising to lieutenant. He also has taught navigation to yachtsmen, and has served as president of the British Sailors Society and as a script adviser for television and films. Under the pseudonym, Alexander Kent, Reeman is the author of the best-selling 25-volume series of Richard Bolitho Novels. His books have been translated into nearly two dozen languages.
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