BY ADAM HARDY
A Commander at last, George Abercrombie Fox knew that life in the King’s Navy would still be hard. There was no action to be had and the year was quickly slipping away. Fox became so disenchanted with his lot that all the diabolical streak of vicious bitterness in him bent itself to just one end — he must survive!
Then came his perilous assignment — he must smuggle Roland the Spy and his female companion, Jean, into France, then return the next night to pick them up, with a mysterious third party. That meant laying-to in water dangerously close to the enemy, and Fox knew that kind of vulnerability could lead to disaster. And disaster struck as soon as Roland and Jean landed — Bonaparte’s finest were lurking on the path to apprehend them. A rapid exchange of shots told Fox the whole story.
Fox knew that if he bungled this job, it would be the end of his career. Without a second thought, Fox jumped ashore and, vanishing into the shadows, turned his ugly face toward all the excitement ... he’d not go down without the smell of blood or the sound of battle!
FOX IS NOT THE NOBLE HERO OF TRADITIONAL FICTION. FOX IS A FIGHTING MAN WHO TRANSCENDS HEROISM — HE DOESN’T CARE HOW HE WINS AS LONG AS HE WINS. HE’S MEAN, CUNNING AND MOST VICIOUS WHEN TRAPPED. THERE’S NO WAY TO OUTFOX FOX!