The first volume in The Contraband Shore trilogy.
1787: Captain Edward Brazier is on a mission. Recently paid off from his frigate and comfortable with prize money, he is headed to Deal to propose marriage to the lovely young widow Betsey Langridge. And while there, he must navigate the bustle of the town’s narrow streets busy with illicit and depraved business flowing from and around the ships at anchor.
But all does not go well; between Betsey’s brother and guardian, Henry Tulkington, prohibiting the match and Brazier being marked out for trouble by a local smuggling gang, his plans are in disarray. And when it slowly emerges that there may have been a decades-old injustice closer to home, Brazier is caught up in more than he’d bargained for.
David Donachie was born in Edinburgh in 1944. He has always had an abiding interest in British naval history of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as well as in military history, including ancient Rome, the Middle Ages, and the clandestine services during the Second World War. He has more than fifty published novels to his credit, with over a million copies sold. David lives in Deal, the historic English seaport on the border of the English Channel and the North Sea.
It is a pleasure to read a novel so convincing in its detail, and the description of a complete smuggling operation (although aborted) shows expert planning and sharp-witted improvisation.
A rollicking, highly charged read, full of eighteenth-century atmosphere.
High adventure and detection; cunningly spliced battle scenes which reek of blood and brine; excitements on terra firma to match
High-speed epic from an ace storyteller.
Exciting and unpredictable.