1806: When Captain Ramage is ordered to Naples, neither he nor the crew of the frigate Calypso expect to meet hostile ships in the Mediterranean so soon after the battle of Trafalgar. Yet hardly have they cleared the Straits of Gibraltar than they sight two French battleships of the Line.
Arriving eventually in Naples, Ramage reports too Admiral Rudd, expecting to be given the tedious task of escorting merchantmen. Nothing could be further from the truth. The mission he is given is one far better suited to his reputation: he is to sail to Sicily where the Barbary Coast pirates - the Saraceni - have been terrorising the fishing ports.
Author: Dudley Pope
Title: Ramage and the Saracens
Series: Lord Ramage
First Published by: Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd