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Admiral (Ned Yorke, Book 2) by Dudley Pope

By Dudley Pope

Charles II returns from exile bringing with him unease to the Spanish major. during this shiny description of seventeenth-century buccaneers, Ned Yorke, the chief and hero of the swashbuckling band are depended upon for the defence of Jamaica, scuffling with with captured Spanish weapons. bold raids at the Spanish appear inevitable, as Yorke units out at the excessive seas to far-off adventures on behalf of the King and his personal honour.

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