The second volume in The Contraband Shore trilogy.
1787: Captain Edward Brazier is devastated to find Betsey, the woman he wants to marry, imprisoned in her own home by her brother, Henry Tulkington, and trapped in an illegal marriage. With Brazier suspected of acting as a spy for a prime minister seeking to halt smuggling activity on the coast and still posing a threat to Betsey’s increasingly deranged brother, he is walking a dangerously fine line.
But Tulkington’s arrogance is making him enemies, even in his own family, and his actions are becoming increasingly violent towards everyone who thinks to defy him. Brazier's only option is to join with the darker denizens of Deal in the hope of constructing an alliance which will see his lady freed.
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.