Hazard of Huntress
Captain Phillip Hazard’s Crimean War saga continues in volume 4 with his assignment to investigate the strength of the Russian garrison in Odessa. Leaving his steam warship, H.M.S. Huntress, in the hands of an untrustworthy lieutenant, Hazard goes about his duties with the aid of his unlucky brother and a beautiful widowed Russian noblewoman. The writing is crisp, the historical setting accurate, but the story lacks the power and drive of Hazard’s earlier wartime exploits.