Luke Carrick was unexpectedly "press-ganged" into Royal Navy service at the height of the Napoleonic Wars in the early 19th Century. Serving on board the HMS Hera, a frigate, Luke's resentment at his treatment and loathing of authority steadily grew as the ship embarked on a series of increasingly dangerous voyages.
Luke's older brother, Silas, had died in mysterious circumstances a few years earlier. Convinced that the British officer responsible for Silas' death was now fighting alongside him, vengeance - even more than survival - was now on the young sailor's mind.
With only a few notable exceptions - step forward the Convict Commandos - recurring characters have been rare on the pages of Commando over the last 50-odd years. However we were of the opinion that you, our readers, might like a series which carried the story over more than one issue. With the pen of Ferg Handley recruited to do the writing, we decided that a historical saga spanning many generations would hit the spot.
Episode Nine sees the continuing story of three - entirely fictional -inter-linked families and how they find themselves in the thick of the action of the Napoleonic Wars.
The majority of this exciting instalment takes place at sea - with Royal Navy vessels clashing against their French counterparts. Yet for one of our characters, these tumultuous battles are only a backdrop to a personal quest for revenge…
We hope you enjoy this story and the journey to come.
Scott Montgomery, Deputy Editor