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Northern Exposure 8. Bridgemont

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George Granger has been separated from his command, and how finds himself in limbo, waiting for Valiant to return.  In the meantime, the Admiralty has found other things for him to do.  Little does Granger know that when his ship finally does return, he'll be given an entirely different challenge, one that will take him to entirely new waters.   

Copyright © 2017 Mark Arbour; All Rights Reserved.

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  • P. Prologue
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  • 1. Chapter 1
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  • 2. Chapter 2
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  • 3. Chapter 3
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  • 4. Chapter 4
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  • 5. Chapter 5
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  • 6. Chapter 6
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  • 7. Chapter 7
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  • 8. Chapter 8
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  • 9. Chapter 9
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  • 10. Chapter 10
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  • 11. Chapter 11
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  • 12. Chapter 12
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  • 13. Chapter 13
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  • 14. Chapter 14
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  • 15. Chapter 15
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  • 16. Chapter 16
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  • 17. Chapter 17
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  • 18. Chapter 18
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  • 19. Chapter 19
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  • 20. Chapter 20
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  • 21. Chapter 21
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  • 22. Chapter 22
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  • 23. Chapter 23
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  • 24. Chapter 24
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  • 25. Chapter 25
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  • 26. Chapter 26
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  • 27. Chapter 27
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  • 28. Chapter 28
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  • 29. Chapter 29
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  • 30. Chapter 30
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  • 31. Chapter 31
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  • 32. Chapter 32
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  • 33. Chapter 33
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  • 34. Chapter 34
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  • 35. Chapter 35
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  • 36. Chapter 36
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  • 37. Chapter 37
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  • 38. Chapter 38
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  • 39. Chapter 39
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  • 40. Chapter 40
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  • 41. Chapter 41
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  • 42. Chapter 42
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  • 43. Chapter 43
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  • 44. Chapter 44
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  • 45. Chapter 45
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  • 46. Chapter 46
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  • 47. Chapter 47
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  • 48. Chapter 48
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  • 49. Chapter 49
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  • 50. Chapter 50
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  • 51. Chapter 51
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  • 52. Chapter 52
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  • 53. Chapter 53
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  • 54. Chapter 54
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  • 55. Chapter 55
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I have a feeling that Granger will be on this ship a lot longer and he might be sent off on a special mission. Just guessing.

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Thank you again for another great chapter in Grainger's life. I would also like to express a "Thank You" for the update to Black Widow!

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As today is Saturday, I will anticipate another chapter in "Northern Exposure". I have reread all the 'Bridgemont' series up to the beginning of Northern Exposure to refresh my memory on the adventures and characterizations, but now I am forced to await each new update just like your other admirers. Ugh, ugh.:read:

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It has been a year since we last heard from George.  Has he been lost at sea or just frozen in the Baltic?  

I'm hoping he is frozen, summer is almost here!

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Thank you for another chapter. This is one of favorites story and can’t wait to see what George and crew have to get out of next. Thanks again. 

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Thanks for continuing; don't die without completing. detest unfinished sagas, especially one as good as this.

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Mark, I cannot tell you how happy I am to see that you are back. 
I have read this series and CAP twice and will reread Bridgemont again. 

I have waited so long. Thank you!

Stay safe.

From Sweden with love :)

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This is a wonderful, complex well written story,. It's easy to want to know and appreciate the characters. The last chapter left Granger at a dangerous crossroads on his way to Russia and St. Petersburg,

 

Will the Tsar find him and kill him, imprison him or maim him severely worse than Nelson's injuries ?

Will the contacts Granger made in the Baltic be able to safeguard him?

Will Granger's luck eventually continue to work for him after a painful transition?

What will his friends, supporters, and family do to aid him back in England ?.

I hope the next chapter will appear soon.

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34 minutes ago, scrubber6620 said:

This is a wonderful, complex well written story,. It's easy to want to know and appreciate the characters. The last chapter left Granger at a dangerous crossroads on his way to Russia and St. Petersburg,

 

Will the Tsar find him and kill him, imprison him or maim him severely worse than Nelson's injuries ?

Will the contacts Granger made in the Baltic be able to safeguard him?

Will Granger's luck eventually continue to work for him after a painful transition?

What will his friends, supporters, and family do to aid him back in England ?.

I hope the next chapter will appear soon.

The next chapter should post soon...it’s in editing. 

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2 hours ago, Mark Arbour said:

The next chapter should post soon...it’s in editing. 

Thanks Mark, for the chapter and all your work. 

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I like using bing.com  I love their pics they post every day on there from all over the world and their writeup about the pics or the reasons for them. I thought I would post this because today June 25th. Today marks the International Day of the Seafarer. So all you guys that love this story and stories about sailors and the sea, today is the day to honor them.

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15 hours ago, jimkev68 said:

how often do you plan on releasing a chapter ... patiently waiting while chomping at the bit

I try to target every two weeks, but I don't always meet that deadline.  That's especially true when I'm in a part of the story that requires a lot of research.  The next chapter is in editing now, though, so it shouldn't be too long.

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2 hours ago, Mark Arbour said:

I try to target every two weeks, but I don't always meet that deadline.  That's especially true when I'm in a part of the story that requires a lot of research.  The next chapter is in editing now, though, so it shouldn't be too long.

Thanks for all your effort Mark, an historical novel is a major undertaking. And you did put George in a hard place to be (for a couple of months anyway). Next time you should having doing something easy, like conquer a couple of islands or a whole archipelago 😁

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Mark, a big thanks for all u do. George has been a great distraction , a place to come home to. Reread the series now a couple of times, my favorite series competing with the Dune novels. Big hug, thanks Chris

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Read this if you like good prose, with excellent characters who live life to the full and beyond in a historical setting, where history is not completely upended.

Enjoyable, exciting, informative, with sexy-as-hell moments thrown in!

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I thought I'd put my comment here cause it may be a tad long. I have loved and been reading CAP a long time. One day I had nothing to do so thought I'd drop in to see what Bridgemont was like. The idea of a story based around sailors of olde did not exactly entice. 

Well, I have just finished and and now up to date (as of this am) and I miss it already. I was too interested in the story to comment after each chapter. The next chapter kept calling out to me. I decided to do one big long comment instead. I will try to keep this brief as possible:

a) why, why, why did we have to lose Michel? That was so sad. He was such a lovely wee chap

b) I cried when Granger was posted

c) I was happy when Calvert was transferred to Intrepid. For me, I liked John Travers as his 'great' love. LOL, even if Granger himself didn't feel that way. For me it was my truth that mattered :)

d) the fight with the Floreal was exciting to me. There were others that were as well, but this was the first truly exciting one...

e) %$#@&* Wilcox. The whole lot of them

f) John Travers dying was a very sad moment for me

g) considering they were given a minute per member to get their shite together, I am betting the Committee of 30 were glad they had so many members

h) one of the negatives about reading the whole thing at once (when it is supposed to be read in installments) is that sometimes an author will mention a characteristic regularly to remind readers of the same, but if you've continuously read the whole thing these reminders seem more regular. I am over Granger's, '...I'm lonely...'

i) Caroline being pregnant with another Man's child was a shock. I guess they never had any type of birth control back then. It was more shocking to me than her double tryst, but then the lack of discretion was major regarding the tryst. I know the value system was way different and her lack of explanation, etc was the main issue but I felt really sorry for Caroline and the way Granger treated her. I think Granger is way worse than her - like way WAY worse. I also don't think he has been as discrete as he should have been on multiple occasions. But different times, etc

j) I am happy to be a cog in the wheel. The world of politics, business, etc is way beyond me. It would be frikkin exhausting. It would be like crawling through a minefield with more mine than field. No, no, no...

k) '...And Captain Avila is on that ship...' Loved it. Loved it. Loved it

l) I find the diplomatic way they talk (can't think of better words to describe it) is way annoying. Like way WAY annoying. It is way to long winded and fake to me. There are definite benefits cause there are some people I know who could be a bit more refined in their mannerisms, speech and actions - but it is way too tedious

I do not fully like Granger. Normally for me, that would be a straight turn off. I normally have to like the Hero or Heroine of a story e.g. he is a snob and a ho. But the fact he is not perfect is...okay. I hope he finds another Forever Love. Someone that completes him, that he is happy to with. He has to remain married to Caroline, etc. But someone that can be his heart-felt rock. Okay, so I know what I mean. Starting to ramble so I will stop here. 

I love this story. It has taken over my life for just over a week. Thank you so much. There is so much to it and so much that could have been commented on. So many characters, adventures, etc. Again, thank you so much. I have really enjoyed it so much. Just don't ask me to choose between this and CAP. That would be way hard. Sorry this is all over the place.

The one thing I want to finish with -

Please please PLEASE do NOT let anything bad happen to Winkler. He is just the best. Ya just wanna hug him to death and look after him for a while, especially when he is cold. Him and Jacob seem perfect for each other. Just perfect!

 

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Another very well written and thought provoking chapter. Thanks very much for the reflection on the characters. It's induced me to reread previous chapters.

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