Blood and Ice by Robert Masello

By Robert Masello

During this haunting and suspenseful mystery, Robert Masello offers an event that spans continents and centuries—a spellbinding tale that levels from Victorian England to a distant antarctic study station, the place an old glacier yields a surprising prize it has held captive for almost 2 hundred years….[b]

Journalist Michael Wilde—his global lately shattered through tragedy—hopes monthlong task to the South Pole will provide him a brand new hire on existence. the following, within the so much inhospitable position on the earth, he's easily trying to locate solace . . . until eventually, on a regimen dive in to the polar sea, he all at once unearths whatever else totally: a tender guy and girl, certain with chains and sealed without end in a block of ice. Beside them a chest choked with an odd, and sinister, cargo.

Now, in a bleak yet breathtaking international of shimmering icebergs, deep blue crevasses, and unending solar, Wilde needs to get to the bottom of the secret of this doomed couple. have been they the blameless sufferers of worry and superstition—or have been they anything a long way darker? His seek will lead from the barracks and battlefields of the Crimean warfare to the unexplored depths of the Antarctic Ocean, from the ill-fated cost of the sunshine Brigade to an age-old curse that survives to this day.

As the ice round the murdered fans starts off to soften, Wilde must grapple with a miracle—or a nightmare—in the making. For what's useless, it seems, is probably not long gone. And right here, on the very finish of the recognized global, there’s nowhere to conceal and no position left for the dwelling to run.

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All on board are well—present my kind remembrances to Captain and Mrs. Bligh, and believe me Yours very sincerely Thos. Pasley P. S. 2 Preparations for the voyage took several months, mainly at the Deptford shipyard on the Thames, with its docks and slipways, its huge storehouse and long rows of workshops. Bligh received two ships. One was the 28-gun, three-decked Providence, a new West Indiaman, designed to carry large cargoes. QXD 3/6/02 12:56 PM Page 12 Th e L i f e o f M a t t h e w F l i n d e r s complement of 200 that included twenty marines, a security Bligh did not have on the Bounty.

2 Preparations for the voyage took several months, mainly at the Deptford shipyard on the Thames, with its docks and slipways, its huge storehouse and long rows of workshops. Bligh received two ships. One was the 28-gun, three-decked Providence, a new West Indiaman, designed to carry large cargoes. QXD 3/6/02 12:56 PM Page 12 Th e L i f e o f M a t t h e w F l i n d e r s complement of 200 that included twenty marines, a security Bligh did not have on the Bounty. The second was the small, two-masted brig Assistant to serve as tender, with 27 men, among them four marines, all commanded by Lieutenant Nathaniel Portlock, an experienced and science-minded sailor.

At 10 the signal to engage . . 5 A few shots were exchanged, but darkness came on with heavy rain and thick haze, and the French ships vanished into the gloom. In December 1793 the Bellerophon returned for the winter to the naval anchorage at Spithead, in the strait between the Isle of Wight and the English mainland. The ship’s refit began: repairs, replacements, sides and stern repainted. Flinders recorded a cold winter, squally, with sleet and snow in January. In April 1794 Captain William Pasley was promoted to rearadmiral, and Flinders, still with him on the Bellerophon, became an aide-de-camp.

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