Get it at Amazonfrom our B+ review: The straight-laced John Cavendish knows that his first command, on board the Meteor, is a suicide mission. With a small ship and a crew of outcasts, he's expected to stop the slave trade in Algiers - for the Ottoman Empire has been taking British citizens as slaves. The on board presence of Lieutenant Alfie Donwell also disturbs him, although John can't quite explain why. Perhaps it's because he verges on insubordination. They do become friends, and their friendship is tempered by a dangerous rescue and by fierce battles at sea. Each man, in turn, must save the other and help nurse the other back to health. Alfie grows more attracted to John with every day, knowing this is risky because the British Navy hangs men for sodomy. Everything changes when the HMS Britannia comes on the scene, bearing its notorious captain, Charles Farrant, Lord Lisburn. Farrant, Alfie's first captain, dares to be flamboyant - and he can get away with it because of his position. Alfie tells John about his unrequited feelings for his old captain, hoping for understanding - reading the feelings that John doesn't understand yet. But it's too soon, and John reacts with horror. After that, Alfie realizes he has no choice but to transfer back to the HMS Britannia. Duty separates both men for a long time. Alfie acts on his old feelings for Farrant, finding respite in his arms. Meanwhile, John finds himself betrayed by the British Navy for doing his duties too well for political expediency in Algiers. This gives him time to ponder what happened, and he starts to doubt his initial reaction, starts to ponder his beliefs. John eventually gets another position on a ship, although not a command, and life goes on for both men. Little do they know that they are bound to meet again. Once again, one man must be rescued, and another battle at sea must be fought. However, a tragic death at sea changes everything yet again, leading to a court martial, and to another crisis between the two men. Will the two ever repair their friendship? Will they ever risk their lives to go on to become more than just friends? Or will the past doom their relationship?
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