Between Two Fires (The John Paul Jones Novels) by Nicholas Nicastro

By Nicholas Nicastro

Commanding his small, bitterly divided squadron deep into enemy waters, John Paul Jones needs to grasp either the competition and himself as he joins the conflict that might seal his repute. in the meantime, his former comrade John Severence confronts one other, extra ominous model of battle at the frontiers of colonial big apple. either males are reworked within the crucible of strive against, braveness, and wartime folly.

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He squirmed like an infant going into the cradleboard when he was trussed up, and then he pissed himself. Fallen Leaf just stood there, looking at me with disapproval. ” “This man is a brave soldier. ” The Yangeese whimpered as he hung there, trying and failing to kick the flaming logs away. “I’m disappointed in you,” was all she said, and she turned away to return to her house. And as the Yangeese did more and more to embarrass himself, the crowd steadily trickled away. There’s not much interest in killing cowards, after all.

It took him a good hour to wake up again. So I sat and waited as night fell on the battle and the firing stopped. The day hadn’t gone well for the Americans; a bunch more of their boats were either sunk or burning on the shore, and the rest were gathered together in the center. The big British boats were much closer now—the one the Americans had damaged was safely far away, to the south. between two fires 33 Somewhere to my left, from the forest, there was pistol fire. Then somebody far away was screaming.

She was spoiling her looks, staying up late and squinting at dimly lit papers. He would regularly examine her eyes, hoving in close with a magnifier and a lantern, shaking his head sadly at the first damning creases. He told her laughing too much produced crow’s feet, so she rationed her smiles. There were more pleasant places to walk than on Ceres Street. A stroll along one of the mill ponds would have been quieter. They would have been alone, except perhaps for the bees and dragonflies veering over the water lilies, and for the small boys who hid on the banks to see if her suitor would steal a kiss.

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