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Fletcher and the Flying Machine

By John Drake

After many successful years at sea, Jacob Fletcher is pursuing a career in trade.

Through his new acquaintance Sir David Bayley, and his grandson Arthur, Fletcher becomes fascinated by a new form of aerial navigation.

It isn’t long, however, before he is persuaded back to the sea, promoted to commodore and sent to protect Ireland from the French. Thus naval battles, Irish uprisings, and unscrupulous methods lead Fletcher to question his morals – but reckless action could be costly.

His adventures take an even more dangerous turn as he is forced into the Baltic on a rescue mission. Despite warnings from friends, Fletcher attempts to succeed where all others have failed. He must use all his knowledge, improvisation, and the skills of his newest midshipman, to survive.

From naval battles to Baltic castles, the seventh book in the Fletcher series is filled with adventure and humour.

Praise for John Drake:

‘Broad comedy, high drama, plenty of action, a pinch of sex… the genre has room for this cheerily debunking outsider’ – Daily Mail

‘Swashbuckling adventure on the high seas doesn’t get much better than this … John Drake writes beautifully, and you’ll be torn between savoring the words and quickly flipping the pages. Any favorable comparison to Stevenson or Patrick O’Brian is totally justified’ – Nelson DeMille, #1 New York Times bestselling author

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