By Eric Goldman
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Napoleon's Gambit is an historical adventure, which blends facts and fiction. A modern sailor is recruited by the Royal Navy and finds himself on the deck of HMS Imperieuse in 1813, as she sails into battle against overwhelming odds. At stake are $5 billion in gold and the fate of the modern world. Napoleon's Gambit is a moral tale, light-hearted and filled with action, yet rich in authentic historical and nautical detail. It's set in exotic locations aboard the world's most advanced yacht and on old wooden warships. A love-story, with sword-fights, sea-battles, pirates and storms at sea, all adding tension to its unpredictable and satisfying plot.
||Chapter Twelve. San Sebastian - The meeting of His and Her Majesty’s Navies||June, 1813: Does Josh manage to intercept Impérieuse and persuade Captain Lord Thomas Cochrane and Dr. James Guthrie to undertake the mission? How would you attempt to convince someone from the past, that you’re from the future?||10/13/08||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter Eleven. Cape Horn - Forgiveness is the gift you give yourself||April, 1813: Josh plans to use the Battle of Aix Roads as a diversion, allowing him to steal an old wooden boat in which to approach Impérieuse. But before he gets there, he runs into another hurricane at sea. Does he survive this one with his boat intact? Does his presence affect the past and change the battle? Does he steal his boat successfully?||10/6/08||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter Ten. The Pacific - Sailing towards an uneasy peace||March, 1813: Josh, back in the 19th C, sails towards Cape Horn. He discovers a stowaway. Who is this person, and what happens enroute to San Sebastian? How do the two of them, and Bit-by-Bit, cope with the rounding of The Horn?||9/29/08||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter Nine. Rouen - To Moscow and back, with Mom and Dad||May, 1813: Commandant Coignart visits his parent’s home in Rouen. A picture of rural 19th C France is painted. He continues sailing downstream towards Le Havre, and loads his gold aboard a ship to transport it to Spain. He has a surprise in store for anyone wanting to hijack his chests – but does it work?||9/22/08||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter Eight. Fiji - Dr. Herbert George’s Time Gate Machine||March, 2011: Josh meets Dr. George, whose amazing machine makes clear why he has been undergoing his training schedule! He installs the machine on Bit-by-Bit, completes his preparations, and sets off on his mission. Does the machine work? Where is he going?||9/14/08||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter Seven. Rochefort, France - The Battle of Aix Roads||May, 1813: Captain Lord Thomas Cochrane and Impérieuse sail into the battle of Aix Roads. A single frigate against 7 line-of-battle-ships and 4 frigates? Does Thomas’s plan to attack such a powerful fleet work, and do our friends survive such odds?||9/8/08||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter Six. The voyage to Fiji - Solo but wishing it weren’t so||December, 2010: We continue with Josh’s story as he sets sail from Portsmouth to Fiji, half way round the world, and is attacked by pirates in the Suez Canal. Does Bit-by-Bit work as required? Does Josh manage to fight the pirates off unscathed and make it safely to Fiji?||9/1/08||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter Five. Portsmouth - Deeper and deeper into Wonderland||September, 2010: Josh begins his training schedule, designs and builds his boat and finds himself strongly attracted to Ses, despite her being involved with another man. Does Josh manage to build Bit-by-Bit, his boat, so that she can sail around the world without using fossil fuel? Do he and Ses become lovers? And what is the mission in Fiji all about?||8/25/08||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter Four. Bautzen - Stupidity is not usually a hindrance to a political career||May, 1813: Napoleon, losing Spain to Wellington, puts his gambit in play: he will reinstate Ferdinand VII on the throne he forced him to abdicate in 1808. But Ferdinand demands 5 million Francs in war reparations. Napoleon dispatches Commandant Jean Coignart to the Paris Mint, to collect the coins and deliver them to Vittorio in Spain. Is the Commandant robbed along the way, or does he make it safely to Spain?||8/18/08||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter Three. Portsmouth - King Arthur’s damsel in distress||December, 2009: We rejoin Josh as he lands in England and is met at Heathrow by the beautiful Lieutenant Ses Lorimer. She drives him to the Portsmouth Naval Research Center, where Admiral Stoke tells him a little more about the cover mission, and assigns him three instructors for the secret mission. One each for sword-fighting, 19th C manners and etiquette, and modern weapons. Why does Josh need to know all this, simply to sail around the world?||8/11/08||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter Two. Plymouth - HMS Impérieuse sails to battle||May, 1813: We meet Captain Lord Thomas Cochrane, Dr. James Guthrie and HMS Impérieuse, as she sails towards Aix Roads to take on the French Atlantic Fleet, single-handed! This is your chance to go aboard a 19th C warship, and learn from one of the best fighting captains, just what she’s capable of.||8/4/08||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chapter One. Bermuda - The Recruitment||December, 2009: We meet our hero, Joshua Rick, after barely surviving a hurricane at sea. Alone and broke, he meets Admiral Edmund Clayton Stoke of the Royal Navy, who recruits him to build a fossil-free boat and single-handedly sail it around the world. The Admiral hints at a secret mission in Fiji, but won't say more until the boat is built. So just what mission is Josh being recruited for?||5/19/08||Free||View In iTunes|