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By Dudley Pope

Barbary Coast pirates—the Saraceni—are shooting slaves and terrorizing fishing villages alongside the coast of Sicily. Ramage and his team are despatched to trace them down ahead of they could devastate one other town.

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We'd and it'd be unfair,” Rossi agreed. “But that’s the best way existence is, and also you can’t switch it. ” “Give the bread barge a good wind,” Stafford advised Rossi, who used to be sitting on the outboard finish of the desk. “I’m hungry. ” He took out one of many challenging biscuits that handed for bread and immediately rapped it at the desk ahead of commencing to consume it. “These have long past delicate already,” he grumbled, analyzing it rigorously for weevils. “I dunno, salt pork is simply too difficult and the bread is just too smooth. This commission’s lasted too lengthy. ” “You’re getting smooth; I don’t find out about the bread,” Jackson stated. “Must be previous age. The years are commencing to convey, employees. ” “Beginning to teach! ” Stafford exclaimed. “What approximately you? Is that baldness I see—or are you turning out to be up via your hair? ” “We’re all growing to be old,” Gilbert acknowledged lugubriously. “Seeing one another on a daily basis, we don’t become aware of it. ” “Be that because it may,” Stafford stated, “Jacko’s nonetheless wasting his hair. ” “He may be, yet he’s nonetheless the handsomest American on board the Calypso! ” Rossi acknowledged without notice. “That’s no longer tough, in view that he’s the single one,” Stafford growled. “Why, his head will quickly take a shine. ” Ramage sat squarely at his table and placed Southwick’s sketches in entrance of him. He checked out them for a number of moments after which commented: “We’re fortunate: Sidi Rezegh might have been much more tough. ” “We’ll want the correct wind,” Southwick acknowledged. “It’s obtained to have loads of north or south in it, if we're to get out and in. ” “With the warriors, we've got sufficient males in order that we will be able to tow out if necessary,” Ramage acknowledged grimly. “We can tow out taking our time. ” “We’ll need to beware of the citadel. the truth that not one of the males observed sentries up there doesn’t suggest that the weapons are out of motion. ” “No, it doesn’t,” Ramage agreed. “But what are the possibilities of them being usable? whilst used to be Sidi Rezegh final attacked? now not as soon as within the final hundred years, I count on. So the gun carriages will likely be rotten or worm-eaten, and so the entire rope paintings should be, too. The powder is probably not damp since it is a dry weather, yet I wouldn’t prefer to be the guy that fired these weapons. The draw back will most likely ship them flying over the ramparts. ” “It had higher, simply because that fort’s equipped so the weapons can rake we all as we lie on the quay. ” “Yes, however the Saracens must go us to get to the castle, don’t disregard that. ” “We can hope,” Southwick stated, giving one in all his well-known sniffs, one that Ramage interpreted as expressing doubt. “Well, what have we acquired? ” Ramage acknowledged, selecting up the diagram which Southwick used to be going to redraw as a chart. It confirmed Sidi Rezegh as a rectangular-shaped port mendacity north and south alongside an east coast which was once subsidized by means of sand dunes and palm bushes. It had a northern and an jap breakwater to shape the harbour, with the city at the west aspect contrary the harbour front which was once on the backside right-hand corner—at the north-east finish, in different phrases. The northern stone breakwater—a relic of its Roman origins, Ramage thought—had a small, around castle, with the 4 weapons at the best on the seaward finish.

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