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1637 No Peace Beyond The Line – Snippet 28

1637 No Peace Beyond The Line - Snippet 28 Chapter 15 Port-of-Spain, Trinidad Morning started for Hugh O'Donnell with the face of his aide and old friend Aodh O'Rourke scowling down at him. "A fine example to your men, sleeping away half the morning," was how the veteran aide-de-camp said "good morning." before howling for drums and coronets to awaken the Wild Geese mercenaries that were travelling with them. In actuality, the middle watch had not ended long before, but the east was already gray and Port-of-Spain would soon be aware of the...

1637 No Peace Beyond The Line – Snippet 27

1637 No Peace Beyond The Line - Snippet 27 Chapter 14 Nezpique Bayou, Louisianna After motoring two and a half miles along the winding Nezpique Bayou, Templeton pointed up through a gap in the canopy. "There. Smoke. Up ahead." "Smoke?" Eckdahl echoed. "A camp?" Quinn shook his head. "More like an invitation, I think. Karl, nice and slow now. Winkelman, you keep that lever-gun lower and relax." "Sir," said the big soldier from Jena, "will they even know what this weapon is, since they have not --?" "Winkelman, firstly, they may not know what a...

1637 No Peace Beyond The Line – Snippet 26

1637 No Peace Beyond The Line - Snippet 26 In hindsight, he might have been able to make it out of Galveston Bay under sail alone, but in the event that the wind became fickle at just the moment she was running a gauntlet between two close sandbars, Haraldsen had wisely decided that it was essential to reserve a measure of coal to ensure reaching open water. Once there, the wind would allow them to make way, even if Courser's bunkers were empty. As it was, yesterday's signal reported that they had indeed used more than half of their remaining...

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1637 No Peace Beyond The Line - Snippet 25 Larry's definitive reply was two-fold. Firstly, contacting the indigenous people was a crucial part of the mission because Grantville had made its cooperation with oil extraction contingent upon recognizing the innate and inalienable rights of the peoples who were native to those lands. Secondly, Larry was in charge and had the letter -- with Gustav's seal -- to prove it. Captain Haraldsen ceded to that authority with about as much grace as could be expected; in other words, some anger but not...

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1637 No Peace Beyond The Line - Snippet 24 Chapter 13 Upper Mermentau River, Louisiana Major Larry Quinn rested an index finger on young Karl Klemm's right shoulder as they moved out of the stronger current of the upper Mermentau River. "A little less speed, a little more to starboard." The young Bavarian eased back the throttle of the bright red 180 Sportsman motorboat, turned the steering wheel slightly to the right. He glanced across the river to where a tree had collapsed far out beyond its banks. Judging from the lack of mold on the...

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1637 No Peace Beyond The Line - Snippet 23 De Curco y San Joan started as if struck. "P-parole? You are freeing us?" "In a manner of speaking. Forty miles north of here, just south of Guadeloupe, are a pair of small islands known as Petit-Terre. At least that is how they appear on up-time charts. Are you familiar with them?" "Vaguely." It was obvious he had never heard of them. "They are sufficient for a short stay," Tromp assured him. "Certainly long enough to allow you to fashion craft from what remains of those of your ships that will sail...

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1637 No Peace Beyond The Line - Snippet 22 Of the seventeen galleons that had been merchantmen, two had been sunk outright and two more would be scuttled as soon as their off-loading was completed. Of the thirteen that remained, five would require extensive repairs but eight were fit for immediate service. The twenty-one naos, an unusually high number for any Spanish fleet, had seen the least combat. Six had escaped. Three more had tried to flee but had been brought to heel by a several punishing broadsides. Twelve had been taken intact....

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1637 No Peace Beyond The Line - Snippet 21 Chapter 12 East of Dominica Shortly after a skiff delivered Tromp to the Amelia, the first preliminary report of the engagement was handed to him. La Flota, as hoped and anticipated, had elected not to split into its two primary parts before making landfall in the New World. That was why it was still so large. The bigger of the two parts, the Tierra Firma Fleet, existed to collect the goods waiting along the Spanish Main, from Santa Margarita Island all the way to Cartagena. The route of the Nueva...