Crocodile Tears: An Alex Rider Novel by Anthony Horowitz (Author)

By Anthony Horowitz (Author)

It truly is simply one other day within the lifetime of a typical child. if you are Alex Rider, that's. A con artist has learned there's large cash in charity - the larger the catastrophe, the better the money move! in order that is what he'll produce: the largest catastrophe identified to guy, all because of genetically transformed corn that may free up a virulent disease so effective it could knock out a whole nation in a single windy day. yet Alex Rider will face no matter what it takes - gunfire, explosions, hand-to-hand wrestle with mercenaries - to deliver down his most deadly adversary but. frequently imitated, by no means equaled, the sequence that prompted a interpreting phenomenon is again, exhilarating and addictive as ever.

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Inevitably the fire spread, and soon both ships were consumed by the flames. Only 20 Frenchmen survived the disaster, although 120 English sailors were rescued from the flames. It was a dismal end to a scrappy battle, but the engagement did contain portents of the future for those willing to look for them. First, the success of the Mary Rose demonstrated the effectiveness of large pieces of ordnance - her guns proving to be the key to victory. It was clear that the future of naval warfare lay in the development of naval artillery, and in discovering the best way in which these guns could be used.

The opportunity to tryout this new doctrine came in the summer of 1545, when Tudor England faced the threat of a French invasion. A French fleet of 225 ships commanded by Admiral Claude d'Annebault entered The Solent - the waterway separating the Isle of Wight from the English mainland. Roughly a quarter of this armada were transport ships, carrying a French army of 30,000 men. On 19 July Admiral Viscount Lisle led Henry's Navy Royal of around 100 ships out of Portsmouth harbour to give battle.

Displacement: 300 tons. Keel length: 80ft approx. Beam: 22ft approx. Armament: 36 guns (16 heavy, the rest swivel guns). Crew (1512): 140 men (including 130 soldiers and 30 gunners). Service notes: Reclassified as a ship in 1549, and rebuilt as a 'galleon' (1549). Sold in 1603. SPECIFICATIONS - SWALLOW Type: A galleass, built in 1544. Displacement: 300 tons. Keel length: 80ft approx. Beam: 22ft approx. Armament: 38 guns (21 heavy, the rest swivel guns). Crew (1512): 400 men (including 180 soldiers and 20 gunners).

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