The third novel in this epic, thrilling series of war and villainy on the high seas, featuring Captain Nathan Peake. Nathan Peake charts a perilous course through the treacherous seas off Brittany and into the even more dangerous waters of post-Revolutionary Paris.
There he encounters two of the most beautiful and scandalous courtesans in history - and their little toy soldier, laughingly dubbed Captain Cannon, who is about to win enduring fame as Napoleon Bonaparte.
Returned to the command of the frigate Unicorn, Nathan is sent to join another young glory-seeker, Captain Horatio Nelson, in a bid to wreck Bonaparte's plans for the invasion of Italy.
But Nathan has his own private agenda - to find his lost love amid the chaos of war - and as the fighting spreads from the mountains to the sea, he discovers that glory comes at a higher price than all the gold in the vaults of Genoa.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 448 pages
- Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
- Publication Date: 03/02/2011
- Category: Historical fiction
- ISBN: 9780755357673
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Review by AdonisGuilfoyle
Striking while the iron is hot - and my memory of the previous novel fairly current - I am still loving Seth Hunter's Nathan Peake novels. To paraphrase a quote on the cover, he's 'like Patrick O'Brian, only readable'. For a start, Peake truly is a hero, in the sense that his character isn't eclipsed by great sea battles and naval jargon. I am forever indebted to Hunter for the 'shore based' chapters in his novel, where Peake visits his family or ventures into revolutionary Paris, which balance the still baffling seafaring action (I still have no idea what any of the many, many sails and masts on a ship actually do, and care even less!)And there is a lot of action - and historical cameos - crammed into the third instalment. Hunter seems to navigate between the Royalist landings in Quiberon, plans for the Louisiana Purchase and the quest for a holy grail held by a Genoan bank - via Mary Wollstonecraft, Napoleon and Nelson - while chucking in a couple of epic ship battles for good measure. I must admit I lost the thread once or twice, but Captain Peake is so engaging, and Hunter's narrative so dry and witty, that I was able to stay the course. He's a very 'safe' character - the son of an English father and an American mother who fights the French but is 'not opposed to the ideas advanced by the Revolution' - but hopelessly heroic. And I love his star-cross'd connection with Sara, even if the reunion was slightly tepid. Hoping for more in book four!