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Odyssey Book 6 of Bridgemont * * * * * 31 Ratings


Description

It is April, 1797, and England is still celebrating the victory at the Battle of St. Vincent. Sir George Granger is given orders to set off on a voyage to the East Indies, but there are several challenges that await him before he can even sail.
Copyright © 2012 Mark Arbour; All Rights Reserved.



Story Note

 

Before reading this story, consider:
1. It contains graphic descriptions of sex.
2. British money was denominated in either Guineas or Pounds. A Guinea was worth about 25-30 shillings, while a Pound was worth about 20 shillings. If coins are used, the reference is in Guineas, otherwise it is in Pounds. A guinea is worth approximately $300 US dollars in 2012, which means a shilling was worth approximately $10.
3. The characters in this story are fictional with the exception of some well-known historical figures. The involvement of those characters is fictional.
4. The story is written with modern day language, as opposed to that used in 18th century England.
 

Table of Contents

  1. Chapter 1 15 reviews, 6,103 words,
  2. Chapter 2 12 reviews, 5,792 words,
  3. Chapter 3 12 reviews, 5,753 words,
  4. Chapter 4 10 reviews, 6,073 words,
  5. Chapter 5 6 reviews, 5,500 words,
  6. Chapter 6 6 reviews, 5,330 words,
  7. Chapter 7 9 reviews, 5,497 words,
  8. Chapter 8 6 reviews, 6,311 words,
  9. Chapter 9 6 reviews, 6,555 words,
  10. Chapter 10 8 reviews, 6,785 words,
  11. Chapter 11 8 reviews, 5,903 words,
  12. Chapter 12 10 reviews, 5,886 words,
  13. Chapter 13 9 reviews, 6,130 words,
  14. Chapter 14 8 reviews, 6,175 words,
  15. Chapter 15 8 reviews, 5,496 words,
  16. Chapter 16 7 reviews, 5,413 words,
  17. Chapter 17 8 reviews, 5,447 words,
  18. Chapter 18 15 reviews, 5,360 words,
  19. Chapter 19 10 reviews, 5,685 words,
  20. Chapter 20 9 reviews, 5,225 words,
  21. Chapter 21 10 reviews, 6,125 words,
  22. Chapter 22 11 reviews, 5,361 words,
  23. Chapter 23 5 reviews, 5,118 words,
  24. Chapter 24 7 reviews, 5,441 words,
  25. Chapter 25 12 reviews, 5,635 words,
  26. Chapter 26 9 reviews, 5,553 words,
  27. Chapter 27 6 reviews, 5,399 words,

    I'm posting this one a little early, to try and make up for the long hiatus.  I'm trying to get back onto a weekly schedule.  

  28. Chapter 28 7 reviews, 5,395 words,
  29. Chapter 29 7 reviews, 5,950 words,
  30. Chapter 30 11 reviews, 5,934 words,

    This one is out really early, and will throw my posting schedule off, but I think that when we're in the midst of a battle, the chapters need to come out more quickly.  I think, and I hope you agree, that when we're in the middle of a big campaign, we're better to have periods of faster postings followed by periods of calm (sprint and drift) than consistently spaced out chapters.  Let me know if the forums if you agree.  

  31. Chapter 31 7 reviews, 6,286 words,
  32. Chapter 32 6 reviews, 6,063 words,
  33. Chapter 33 3 reviews, 5,660 words,
  34. Chapter 34 11 reviews, 5,574 words,
  35. Chapter 35 6 reviews, 5,386 words,

    A caveat: This is the last chapter I've written, so we may have a bit of a dry spell for our naval hero.  I'll do my best to get back on track, but these are busy times. Spring break may give me an opportunity to catch up.  

  36. Chapter 36 11 reviews, 5,640 words,
  37. Chapter 37 9 reviews, 5,636 words,
  38. Chapter 38 9 reviews, 5,319 words,
  39. Chapter 39 10 reviews, 5,464 words,
  40. Chapter 40 8 reviews, 5,293 words,
  41. Chapter 41 9 reviews, 5,546 words,

    Today, May 22, 2013, I found out that I'd lost one of my best internet friends: NaperVic.  Vic, I'll miss your steadfast support and wise counsel. 

  42. Chapter 42 8 reviews, 5,962 words,
  43. Chapter 43 7 reviews, 5,806 words,
  44. Chapter 44 5 reviews, 6,066 words,
  45. Chapter 45 7 reviews, 6,115 words,

    Happy Father's Day, 2013!!!

  46. Chapter 46 9 reviews, 5,491 words,

    We finally meet the guide.:devil:

  47. Chapter 47 7 reviews, 5,604 words,

    In this chapter, we meet Admiral Peter Rainier, one of the lesser-known British admirals of the era.  Rainier left an estate valued at £250,000. After having made provision for his near relations, he left ten percent of his estate to the Chancellor of the Exchequer to be used to reduce the national debt

  48. Chapter 48 8 reviews, 5,737 words,

    This isn't due to be posted until tomorrow, but I'm going out of town.  For you Calvert haters.  :D

    Check out the poll.  Who will make it back first?

  49. Chapter 49 8 reviews, 5,987 words,
  50. Chapter 50 7 reviews, 6,238 words,
  51. Chapter 51 5 reviews, 5,961 words,
  52. Chapter 52 5 reviews, 5,537 words,
  53. Chapter 53 10 reviews, 5,912 words,

    As of this post, Odyssey is the 9th most reviewed story on GA.  Thanks for your reviews! 

  54. Chapter 54 10 reviews, 5,738 words,

    I'm going to speed up my chapter posting so we can celebrate an important anniversary with an appropriate chapter.  I'm assuming that comes as pleasant news.  :2thumbs:

  55. Chapter 55 7 reviews, 6,413 words,

    Granger finally gets some news from/about home. 

  56. Chapter 56 10 reviews, 6,085 words,

    I have scheduled this chapter to post on August 1, 2013, at 11:20AM.  Unless my calculations are wrong, that is the equivalent of 6:20PM in Cairo, Egypt.  215 years ago, on August 1, 1798, at 6:20PM, French ships opened fire on the British ships approaching them.  This was the start of the Battle of the Nile, one of the most decisive and influential naval victories of all time. 

  57. Chapter 57 13 reviews, 5,811 words,

    I figured it wasn't fair to leave you hanging in mid-battle, so here's the rest.

  58. Chapter 58 6 reviews, 5,609 words,

    Most of you will figure out that this is an entirely new twist.  :devil:

  59. Chapter 59 11 reviews, 5,343 words,

    An early posting of this chapter to celebrate five years of writing:  August 13, 2008 - August 13, 2013.  :wizard:

  60. Chapter 60 11 reviews, 5,543 words,
  61. Chapter 61 9 reviews, 5,829 words,
  62. Chapter 62 9 reviews, 5,950 words,

    Be sure to read the note at the end, explaining my historical interpretations.

  63. Chapter 63 7 reviews, 6,107 words,
  64. Chapter 64 11 reviews, 5,646 words,

    For you Winkler fans, a little time with our brave little steward.

  65. Chapter 65 8 reviews, 5,457 words,
  66. Chapter 66 12 reviews, 6,036 words,
  67. Chapter 67 10 reviews, 6,778 words,
  68. Chapter 68 9 reviews, 5,977 words,
  69. Chapter 69 17 reviews, 6,233 words,
  70. Chapter 70 12 reviews, 6,439 words,
  71. Chapter 71 10 reviews, 6,170 words,
  72. Chapter 72 14 reviews, 5,458 words,

    George is on his way home at last!

  73. Chapter 73: Homecoming 11 reviews, 6,254 words,

    George makes it back to England at last!

  74. Chapter 74 11 reviews, 5,577 words,

    Happy New Year!

  75. Chapter 75 14 reviews, 5,881 words,

    An update:  I expect there to be two more chapters.  The next one is partially written, but it could take a few weeks before it hits. 

  76. Chapter 76 13 reviews, 6,130 words,
  77. Chapter 77 19 reviews, 4,788 words,

    The Final Chapter