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Ellis K. Meacham: "On the Company’s Service"

This second in the Percival Merewether series continues his career in the HEIC's Bombay Marines in 1807. I found this as interesting as the first book: "The East Indiaman." The setting in India with the different culture there as well as the Bombay Marine organization rather than the RN makes a pleasant change. Be warned that Royal Navy officers do not make a good impression in this book. :D

Possible Spoilers Below!

Possible Spoilers Below!

Merewether is once again faced with multiple missions. His first is to sweep the Bay of Bengal free of four French privateers, so there is plenty of sea-adventures in the book. During which, he is saddled with a RN officer as an observer who is a sort of Jekyll-Hyde noose around Merewether’s neck. Sane one moment and mad the next, this adds a different aspect to the story.

His second mission is rescue 31 Sepoy Marines being held on the Ile de France. This segment becomes the largest story in the book as he is left behind and forced to find his own way home. He not only escapes but takes another group of Bombay Marines with him.

His final mission is to be the aide of a British Foreign Office official to Teheran. The official is a spy-master with secret orders.

Meacham creates a complex story-line for his hero. Merewether faces a love affair, a marriage (not the same woman), a duel, court of inquiry, intrigue, and some very interesting historical and fictional characters. Along the way, he discovers the identity of his real father.


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