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"For King and Company" by Ellis K. Meacham

This is the final book in Meacham’s trilogy of Percival Merewether’s adventures as an officer in the HEIC’s Bombay Marines. Once again the author has crammed some highly unusual events and characters in a book. There are several diverse plots which the author ties together nicely. I have truly enjoyed this reading journey. Meacham is very knowledgeable of India and the surrounding areas. He writes with authority and élan. I only wish there were more books with Merewether as hero. Scarred and very human at times, Merewether is in the style of Jack Aubrey, which is my highest praise.

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Merewether is given a new, larger command and steps immediately into a mutiny. The trial and hangings have unusual details. Next, Merewether finds himself struggling to hold a combined operation together to attack an Indian pirate stronghold. Later, there is a very exciting multi-ship battle (with diagrams, Oh, Joy) while on convoy duty. Finally, Merewether finds himself Fleet Commander in the Chinese Navy during a time when foreigners in China were normally executed. Here, there is an opium ship to find and a Chinese pirate fleet to counter.

Along the way, the reader meets some very unusual characters. One sailor is also a gypsy acrobat who is an escape artist ala Houdini. Another is a near dwarf quartermaster who can read lips. Among the villains is a scheming mother who does not hesitate to use poison to further her son’s cause. There are even a few interesting cats who suffer for their friendship aboard ship. :D


Wed Jul 26, 2006 11:50 am
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