Hill, Porter. Wraparound dust jacket illustrations by Paul Wright.
Title THE ADAM HORNE ADVENTURES. 3 VOLUME SET. 1. THE BOMBAY MARINES. 2. THE WAR CHEST. 3. CHINA FLYER.
Publisher Souvenir Press, London, 1985, 1986, 1987, first editions.
Seller ID 22403
220 pp, 220 pp, 203 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), 3 volumes - hard covers in dust jackets. ISBN 0285626515, 0285627139 & 0285627805. B&w maps. From the dust jacket of 'The Bombay Marines': "Newly returned from a successful assignment to rid the Arabian Se a of pirates, Captain Adam Horne of the frigate 'Eclipse' is summoned to the presence of his commading officer, Commodore Watson, head of the East India Company's private fighting unit, the much derided Bombay Marines. It is 1761, and Pond i c h e r r y , last stronghold of the French in the Indian subcontinent, has just fallen to the British. Now Captain Horne is given a strange and secret mission: to capture the defeated French commander Thomas Lally, from his prison at Fort St. G eo rg e in M ad ra s - or the unit will be disbanded for failure. Due to the deployment of most of the Marines on the east coast of India, Horne's force is seriously undermanned. He is left with only one choice: to take his pick of the motley co lle cti on of th iev es, r ap ists and murderers held in the prisons of Bombay Castle and subject them to intensive training for the most closely guarded campaign of the Seven Years' War. Drawing on a wealth of historical characters and events, and on l itt le-s tudi ed d ocum ent s o f the East India Company's early history, the action moves from sea to land, from the colourful waterfront of Bombay to the sadistic penal colony of Bull Island and the final, cataclysmic denouement within th e wa lls o f Fo rt St . Geo rge. In C apta in A dam Horne Porter Hill has created a character as vivid as Hornblower and Ramage, a man who has rejected the prestige of service in the Royal Navy or the East India Company's Maritime Service for the d ashin g, dar e-dev il lif e of h istor y's fi rst c omman do-style unit, operating amid the exotic dangers of Britain's most coveted oriental territories...." Very slight cigarette odor, minor browning to pages and edges of textblocks of one volume , ligh t brown ing to pages and top of te xtblock s of t wo vol umes, very small bump to top corners of boards of one volume. Dust jackets have minor edge wrinkling - "Bombay Marines" has wrinkling at top of flap-folds and tiny dint on front hing e, mino r browni ng at t op edge s, Very Good/V ery Good +