False Colors, set in the 1760’s, is a book which can be divided into three sections. At the beginning John Cavendish is given command of a prize bomb ketch and Alfie Donwell volunteers as his First Lieutenant. They are given verbal orders to deal with the barbary corsairs and after a sequence where Donwell is imprisoned and rescued they bombard Algiers. After escaping there is a subsequent engagement with a xebec during which Cavendish is badly wounded.
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