g up as he noted the familiar details of the long line of quaint warehouses which bordered the wharf, the coasters which were moored ahead and astern of the Bonaventure, the fishing craft grounded upon the mud higher up the creek, the well remembered houses of various friends dotted about here and there, the heights of Mount Edgcumbe shadowy and mysterious in the deepening twilight, and the slopes of Mount Wise across the water; and a joyous smile irradiated his features as his gaze settled upon a small but elegant cottage, of the kind now known as a bungalow, standing in the midst of a large, beautifully kept garden, situated upon the very extremity of the Mount and commanding an uninterrupted view of the Sound. For in that cottage, from three windows of which beamed welcoming lights, he knew that his mother, and perchance his elder brother Hubert, awaited his coming. For a moment he paused, gazing lovingly at the lights, then, striding on again, he quickly reached the end of the wharf and, hurrying
One of the best books by Collingwood. Unstoppable action reading. A young man of 20 is destined to take command of a ship and on a voyage to avenge Spanish treachery and save his brother from a galley ship. I enumerate the best ones below.
1. Excellent technical descriptions of sail ships by the author. Amazing. Was he a ship captain, ship builder?
2. the boy's strategies for capturing the island town San Juan. The amazing conference and the boy's hold on the High Priest and the Chief of the Inquisition chamber
3. The horrors of Spanish Inquisition procedures. How the English sailors witness the scene of English man's fore head is drilled slowly to make him confess to heresy. How they slowly burn the 'heretics'. The description is well researched and true.
4 The amazing strategy of the capture Nombre De Dios, the Spanish port town. Ane how the young man conducts himself With courteous ruthlessness and hold the Governor to ransom.
%. How ultimately he finds his brother along with other prisoners and the shipload of Spanish treasure.
I recommend this as one of the best reads. Makes a movie stuff.