by Mike Wardle
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Pub Date 02 Jun 2022 | Archive Date 02 Aug 2022
A wronged man. A hidden treasure. A secret that could change the world.
England, 1741. When young farmhand, Caleb, is caught in a romantic tryst with the daughter of Jacob Stevenson, he is publicly flogged and sent away on The Retribution, flagship of the Stevenson fleet. His simple life turned upside down, Caleb must come to terms with the thrills and dangers of life at sea as he finds himself voyaging to the New World.
Awaiting him in Rio de Janeiro is an adventure beyond his wildest imaginings, a land of opportunity but also great hardship. A dangerous place where slavers and pirates stalk the seas. And the most dangerous pirate of all — Jackson Bell, leader of the notorious and feared Scarlets — wants the secret that The Retribution is carrying. A secret so great it could grant the bearer, power over the known world.
Will Jackson Bell get what he wants and plunge the world into chaos or can Caleb stop him and survive in this new world?
Wilbur Smith and Clive Cussler meet Bernard Cornwell in this story about the price of freedom, the cost of revenge and the siren song of power and privilege.
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Average rating from 2 members
What a wonderful book. This was something a bit different for me, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The main character was likeable even when I sometimes disagreed with his choices. The way the setting was written made me feel like I was really there. Whilst I felt some of the side characters could’ve been “fleshed out” more, I still cared about them enough to want them to survive the story. Looking forward to reading more by this author!
Very good proper rollicking old fashioned tale of derring-do with a hero figure easy to believe in. Wrongly punished as a boy sent to sea and then captured by slaver pirates quickly saved by a rich family warship and raised by them as a member of the family his adventures grow along with him . Rumours of vast treasures in the Brazilian jungle, a hidden town along with beautiful women and other brave characters against the despotic slavers all combine in this roisterous yarn. Splendid stuff worthy of another episode!