||This novel about the Spanish Armada, the English navy, dealers in illegal Renaissance arms, double agents, and African sorcery is set partly in Queen Elizabeth's court, partly at sea.
||Preparing for the 1587 Spanish Armada, Queen's Ordnance head David Becket discovers that large quantities of gunpowder have gone missing and begins to suspect that someone is betraying the English government, a situation that haunts him with fears about what will happen if England loses. By the author of Firedrake's Eye.
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||The year is 1587. The Spanish are preparing to launch the Armada against the English and Queen Elizabeth. Ex-soldier David Becket, now responsible for the Queen's Ordnance discovers that large quantities of gunpowder are going astray. Can someone in the heart of the English government be selling it to the Spanish? Unaccountably he is plagued by vivid dreams of England invaded, an alternative story where the Armada is victorious. Patricia Finney's brilliant reworking of the Armada legend is an imaginative tour de force. Thrilling, intricate, and inspiring, this is a tale of courage, of love, and, ultimately, redemption.