Challenge of Antares: Dray Prescot #48

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Mushroom eBooks, Jul 31, 2014 - Fiction
Born in 1775, Dray Prescot joined the Royal Navy as a boy when his father died from the sting of a scorpion, and his mother followed soon after. The life in Nelson's Navy, harsh, intolerant, formed and molded him. He has been consistently passed over for promotion, even though he has fought his way from the lower deck through the hawsehole to the quarterdeck. Now, together with the rest of the world, he considers himself a failure.

Just recently he has been experiencing unsettling dreams, of weird places and animals, strange beyond the comprehension of a plain sailorman. Through these eerie nightmares he occasionally glimpses the vague face and form of a woman who touches him profoundly and for whom, not really understanding why, he knows he would lay down his life.

As we join his story he is serving as the first lieutenant in His Britannic Majesty's seventy-four gun ship Roscommon...
 

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Contents

Dray Prescot
1
Chapter one
3
Chapter two
11
Chapter three
22
Chapter four
32
Chapter five
39
Chapter six
51
Chapter seven
66
Chapter twelve
108
Chapter thirteen
119
Chapter fourteen
128
Chapter fifteen
136
Chapter sixteen
144
Chapter seventeen
156
Chapter eighteen
169
Chapter nineteen
180

Chapter eight
74
Chapter nine
81
Chapter ten
87
Chapter eleven
101
Chapter twenty
191
About the author
202
The Dray Prescot Series
203
Copyright

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About the author (2014)

Alan Burt Akers was a pen name of the prolific British author Kenneth Bulmer, who died in December 2005 aged eighty-four.

Bulmer wrote over 160 novels and countless short stories, predominantly science fiction, both under his real name and numerous pseudonyms, including Alan Burt Akers, Frank Brandon, Rupert Clinton, Ernest Corley, Peter Green, Adam Hardy, Philip Kent, Bruno Krauss, Karl Maras, Manning Norvil, Chesman Scot, Nelson Sherwood, Richard Silver, H. Philip Stratford, and Tully Zetford. Kenneth Johns was a collective pseudonym used for a collaboration with author John Newman. Some of Bulmer's works were published along with the works of other authors under house names (collective pseudonyms) such as Ken Blake (for a series of tie-ins with the 1970s television programme The Professionals), Arthur Frazier, Neil Langholm, Charles R. Pike, and Andrew Quiller.

Bulmer was also active in science fiction fandom, and in the 1970s he edited nine issues of the New Writings in Science Fiction anthology series in succession to John Carnell, who originated the series.

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