By Dewey Lambdin

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The 12 months 1809 begins out badly for Captain Alan Lewrie, Royal military, and his send, HMS Sapphire. They’ve extracted the ill, chilly survivors of Sir John Moore’s military from catastrophe at Corunna, acquired hit by means of lightning whereas escorting the military to England, and suffered a shattered mainmast that could finish Lewrie’s energetic fee if a alternative can’t be came across or formed quickly. Admiralty wishes troopships, no longer sluggish, outdated Fourth expense two-deckers, so Lewrie needs to beg, borrow, thieve, and gild the proof so much glibly if he needs to maintain her and her expert workforce together.

Just whilst he imagines he’s succeeded, new orders come appointing him a Commodore over a wee squadron assigned to prey upon French seaborne offer convoys off the treacherous north coast of Spain, greater referred to as the Costa da Morte, the Coast of dying, the place the ocean will be extra harmful to him and his ships than the French army! Basing out of newly gained Lisbon, the place Lewrie hopes his mistress from Gibraltar, Maddalena Covilhá, may stream, he’s certain of 1 factor: It's going to be a rocky 12 months that, with a bit of luck, doesn’t contain wrecking at the rugged beaches of Spain!

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Je länger der Weg, desto bleicher und käsiger wurden sie im Gesicht, desto häufiger mußte der eine oder der andere in den Büschen am Wegrand verschwinden. « Krabat wechselte einen belustigten Blick mit Staschko. « Am Nachmittag ließ sie der Leutnant am Rand eines Birkenwäldchens noch einmal rasten. »Wir haben von hier eine Viertelmeile bis Kamenz«, sagte er. »Wer verschwinden muß, der verschwinde, denn dies ist die letzte Gelegenheit. « Nach kurzem Aufenthalt setzte der Trupp sich erneut in Marsch, diesmal mit Trommelklang und Trompetenschall.

Vor Krabats Augen verwandelte sich der Bauer in Tonda zurück. « meinte der Junge. »Ja«, sagte Tonda, »so ist das. « versicherte Tonda. « rief Andrusch. « Tonda und Krabat erregten mit ihrem Ochsen in Wittichenau auf dem Viehmarkt Aufsehen und Bewunderung. Die Viehhändler kamen von allen Seiten herbeigeeilt und umringten sie. Auch ein paar Bürger und einige Bauersleute, die ihre Schweine und Rinder bereits versilbert hatten, drängten heran. Solch einen fetten Ochsen gab es nicht alle Tage: da hieß es zugreifen, ehe ein anderer einem das schöne Tier vor der Nase wegschnappte!

Als alles bereit war, ging Tonda zu den Soldaten hinein und meldete, daß das Essen fertig sei. Wenn Seine Gnaden gestatten, werde er auftragen lassen. Dann schnalzte er mit den Fingern; und dies war ein Fingerschnalzen besonderer Art, wie sich noch herausstellen sollte. Zunächst ließ der Altgesell die drei Schüsseln herbeibringen. « Der Leutnant schnupperte an den Speisen, ihm fiel die Wahl schwer. »Recht brav, was Er uns da auftischt. « Auch Schinken sei da und Rauchfleisch, fuhr Tonda fort, auf die schimmligen Brote zeigend, die Juro auf einer Platte hereintrug.

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