The third volume in The Contraband Shore trilogy.
1787: Captain Edward Brazier is wounded and in desperate need of medical attention, but his allies have no idea where he is—although neither do his enemies. With his beloved Betsey facing confinement in an asylum at the behest of her brother, time is running out for both.
Can Brazier save Betsey, or are his hopes to be dashed by matters about which he could not have known? The revelations will blow apart the den of criminality in which the smuggling town of Deal, and those who live in it, have existed for too long.
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.
A rollicking, highly charged read, full of eighteenth-century atmosphere.
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.
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.