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The Nelson Touch

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1793, Naples.

One of the most tempestuous love affairs in history is about to begin...

Europe has been shaken by the recent revolution in France, and the old monarchies of Europe wage war to stop its flames spreading to their own lands.

At the forefront of all is Britain, and the might of the Royal Navy.

With each victory, Horatio Nelson has risen far: his independent spirit and dash have won him much renown.

But it is not enough.

After suffering a rare setback, Nelson finds himself in the Bay of Naples on a diplomatic mission, where he encounters the Ambassador's wife: Lady Emma Hamilton.

In each other they find the solace missing from both their lives, at a moment that could not have been more critical.

Together they set tongues wagging across the civilised world with their ardent, open liaison, but their relationship would prove more lasting than any scandal it provoked.

Only the death of Nelson could end it.

A sweeping novel of love and war, Lewis paints a penetrating portrait of Nelson: the brilliant leader of the Nile and Trafalgar, and the devoted lover who risked all for another man's wife.

Noel Bertram Gerson (1913-1988), was a prolific American author who wrote 325 books under his own name and under several pseudonyms. He channelled his own wartime experience in military intelligence into many of his novels, as well as writing widely about American history. His titles include Liner, I'll Storm Hell, The Conqueror's Wife, The Great Rogue: A Biography of Captain John Smith and Daughter of Earth and Water: A Biography of Mary Shelley.

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