Turmoil in the Middle East is nothing new. In the late 1870s,the Ottoman Empire is crumbling. Russia sends troops to the region whenextremist Muslims butcher Bulgarian Christians.
Despite the outcry inBritain against the massacres, Prime Minister Disraeli perceives a potentialthreat to Britain's lifeline to India should Russia destroy Turkey. ImmediateBritish intervention could lead to an all-out European war, but unofficial helpis another story. Hence, the Admiralty sends Commander Nicholas Dawlish toharass the Russians, as a wolf would a herd.
Accepting a commissionin the Turkish navy, Dawlish takes command of an ironclad ship, hitting Russianforces hard on land and sea. He allies himself with Nusret Pasha, theprogressive half-brother of the Sultan, who works to lead the Ottomans toward aconstitutional government where religious differences are downplayed.
Dawlish's initialsuccesses falter under relentless Russian advances, and debilitating powerplays between the Sultan and his brothers. Can Britannia's wolf hold out untilEngland sends the much needed naval support, or will Istanbul fall and Pashaand the Ottomans with it?
A bit of romanticintrigue occurs when Dawlish meets Lady Agatha and her young working classcompanion, Florence Morton, who soon captures his affections.
Action dripping from every page, Britannia's Wolf capturesthe reader's interest, with international tension, as well as the internalfriction between various Ottoman political factions. Equally intriguing are themilitary details - ship's armaments, weapon types and their sources. All told,the novel captures a period not often noticed, but worthy of being so.