The Ramage Touch (The Lord Ramage Novels) (Volume 10)

By Dudley Pope

Post Captain Ramage is prowling the Tuscan coast and much from English reduction whilst he encounters a frightening French invasion fleet. because the enemy gathers power, Ramage needs to come to a decision the right way to thwart its activities with purely the frigate Calypso and a couple of bomb ketches.

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Worse, if you happen to owned a home, used to be the deathwatch beetle that methodically clicked its method (as even though its tooth have been unfastened) during the beams and different woodwork, turning the most powerful oak to powder and tunnels. in comparison with these types of land noises, the creaks and groans of a boat lower than means was once faint and agreeable track… He pulled his boat-cloak around his shoulders. Timing… mins, maybe even seconds, might make all of the distinction among a enough, in different phrases, average, good fortune and a disastrous failure. once more he appeared to be risking an excessive amount of for too small a prize. merely an ass placed down a unmarried stake of 100 guineas for a nine-to-one likelihood of profitable a unmarried guinea. He appeared to have learn someplace, or heard a pro gambler say, that the prize should still fit the stake and the chance. He meant a few humans did in truth locate themselves ready the place they can placed down a stake at the eco-friendly baize desk with a good likelihood of successful an inexpensive prize at average odds, and he envied them; yet that needs to be what made a guy a qualified gambler – anyone who might in basic terms wager if the chances have been correct. How great it needs to be to have a call: sure, i'm going to guess now; no, I’ll remain out of the sport and are available in back whilst the percentages appear extra beneficial. Ramage by no means looked as if it would have that selection; he needed to placed down his stake and watch the cube roll to a cease, or the cardboard flip over, even if the percentages opposed to him have been absurdly excessive. but he ought to not grumble; he definitely ought now not pity himself, as he used to be doing in the meanwhile, simply because long ago he had gained while the percentages easily didn't exist; while there had appeared totally no means of successful. In different phrases, he have been fortunate. Gamblers who relied too frequently on their success rather than calculating the chances often ended up ruined; captains of ships of struggle who depended on good fortune to carry victory rather than cautious making plans often ended up useless, taking lots of their ship’s corporation with them. regular, he informed himself. He had made a plan and labored out the chances, and the chances appeared no worse than traditional, maybe even greater. the single success he wanted (the portion of likelihood that was once absolute to input into even the easiest of plans) was once that the wind are not drop. The course mattered little; it simply needed to blow, whatever from a steady breeze to part a gale…a tramontana from around the mountains to the north, a lebeccio from the west, bringing rain, a sirocco from the south, scorching and searing with thick cloud, shredding nerves and almost always lasting 3 days, or a maestrale from the north-west – simply enable there no longer be a relaxed, which stopped any move. With the settled stipulations in the meanwhile, a transparent sky, the celebrities glowing, a nip within the air, and the trace of dew, with in basic terms the very slightest occasional swell wave, there might be calm an hour after dawn. the standard sea breeze that set in approximately ten o’clock within the morning may possibly choose to have a relaxation for the day… A cumbersome shadow loomed up beside him and Ramage famous Southwick.

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