Who will steal the greatest prize of empire?
Cape Colony is proving a tiresome assignment for Captain Kydd's daring commander-in-chief Commodore Popham. Rumours that South America's Spanish colonies are in a ferment of popular unrest and of a treasure hoard of silver spur him to assemble a makeshift invasion fleet and launch a bold attack on the capital of the Viceroyalty of the River Plate, Buenos Aires.
Navigating the treacherous bars and mud flats of the river, the British invasion force lands and wins a battle against improbable odds, taking the capital and the silver. But nothing is as simple as it seems in this region of the world: the uprising that will see the end of Spanish rule never arrives and the locals begin to see dark conspiracies behind the invader's actions. Soon the tiny British force finds itself surrounded by an ever more hostile population. The city begins to revolt against its liberators.
Now Kydd's men must face fierce resistance and the betrayal of their closest allies. Can they save themselves, and their prize?
Praise for BETRAYAL:
'Stockwin, who based this tale on a factual debacle easily overlooked by history, is a master of Napoleonic-era atmosphere and rich descriptions of the military, politics, and society. With the last two books, Stockwin's series is approaching the level of C.S. Forester's Hornblower books.' - Publishers Weekly
Stockwin assembles an exciting and suspenseful historical loaded with action, intrigue, treachery, and the bloody gore of 1805 warfare - Publishers Weekly on CONQUEST
More historically accurate than the Patrick O'Brian series - Royal Navy Sailing Association journal on the KYDD series
Another thundering good read for those who love seagoing stories in the Hornblower mould - Peterborough Evening Telegraph on TREACHERY
This heady adventure blends fact and fiction in rich, authoritative detail. - Nautical Magazine on VICTORY
Paints a vivid picture - Daily Express on KYDD
Stockwin's descriptions of the bloody reality of naval combat 200 years ago are memorably vivid - Yorkshire Evening Post on VICTORY
I was turning the pages almost indecently fast - Independent on KYDD
Julian Stockwin was sent at the age of fourteen to Indefatigable, a tough sea-training school. He joined the Royal Navy at fifteen before transferring to the Royal Australian Navy, where he served for eight years in the Far East, Antarctic waters and the South Seas. In Vietnam he saw active service in a carrier task force.
After leaving the Navy (rated Petty Officer), Julian practised as an educational psychologist. He lived for some time in Hong Kong, where he was commissioned into the Royal Naval Reserve. He was awarded the MBE and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He now lives in Devon with his wife Kathy. More information can be found on his website at www.JulianStockwin.com.