I read this book about 3-Jan-2004. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 1986. This note was last modified Monday, 05-Jan-2004 20:06:23 PST.
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The 15th Lord Ramage novel.
Sealed orders to the Mediterranean. Rescuing hostages. Tracking them among the islands. Dicsovering there's a second group of hostages, including some wives of the first group. And never, apparently, thinking that his own missing wife might be with the group. Of course, she is, susprising nobody but Ramage.
The bald summary sounds rather dismissive, but it's fun to read. The first rescue, where they go up to the French garrison and ask for the hostages, sign a receipt, and march them off is quite amusing. The interactions with the admirals, generals, and nobility they rescue are also amusing. Rather more of them are vaguely sensible than one might expect. And I'm being unfair about not wondering if his wife was there; he thought he had a list, and she had used an assumed name (in an attempt to conceal her value from the French).