By Diana Preston, Michael Preston

William Dampier, (1651-1715), was once an English adventurer and pirate who preyed on ships at the Spanish major. bad and ill-educated and made up our minds to make his fortune, he still had a keenness for exploration and medical study. Dampier was once the 1st to map the winds and currents of the world's oceans; led the 1st recorded occasion of Englishmen to set foot on Australia - eighty years earlier than prepare dinner; wrote approximately Galapagos flora and fauna a hundred and fifty years prior to Darwin, who drew on Dampier's notes in his personal paintings; used to be the 1st trip author: a brand new VOYAGE world wide was once quick bestseller while it used to be released in 1697 - stated to have stimulated the novels of rapid and Defoe. a guy filled with contradictions: he who completed rather a lot 'blew it' later in lifestyles, declining into scandal, failure or even farce. a different guy sooner than his time, he lived a wide a part of his lifestyles between pirates but controlled to maintain what Coleridge referred to as his "exquisite refinement of mind". A vintage instance of the simplest narrative background.

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The world was a very complex structure that could bear contemplation only from the sea, and terra firma took on soothing proportions only at night, while on watch, when the helmsman was a mute shadow and you could feel the soft throbbing of the engines issuing from the belly of the ship. When cities were reduced to tiny lines of lights in the distance, and land was the shimmering radiance of a lighthouse glimpsed on the swell. Flashes that alerted you, repeating again and again: careful, attention, keep your distance, danger.

Began ponytail, but he cut himself short, his face bleak as if he had just been given bad news. Standing there before him, mouth closed and hands at his sides, Coy calculated the possibilities. Even though he was furious, the man kept his cool. He was dressed in an expensive jacket and tie, elegant shoes, and on his left wrist, above the hand with the rings, shone a very heavy, ultramodern gold watch. This guy lifts twenty pounds of gold every time he knots his tie, thought Coy. The total effect was attractive.

He bore the ten long seconds of scrutiny silently and motionlessly. LUF: Law of the Unzipped Fly. I hope to God it's zipped, he thought. He watched as she tilted her head to one side, just enough so the left side of her smooth blond hair, cut asymmetrically with the precision of a surgeon's scalpel, brushed her freckled cheek. After that, no smile, no words, she just walked slowly along the sidewalk, up the street, hands in the pockets of her suede jacket. She was carrying a large leather shoulder bag that she tucked close to her side with her elbow.

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