1718: Puppeteer John Chandagnac has set sail for Jamaica to recover his stolen inheritance, when his ship is seized by pirates.
Offered the choice to join the crew, or be killed where he stands, he decides that a pirate's life is better than none at all.
Now known as Jack Shandy, this apprentice buccaneer soon learns to handle a mainsail and wield a cutlass - only to discover he is now a subject of a Caribbean pirate empire ruled by one Edward Thatch, better known as Blackbeard. A practitioner of voodoo, Blackbeard is building an army of the living and the dead, to voyage together to dreamlike lands where the Fountain of Youth awaits...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 416 pages, ill
- Publisher: Atlantic Books
- Publication Date: 01/05/2011
- Category: Historical adventure
- ISBN: 9781848875128
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Review by Jannes
Part pulp adventure, part alternate history, and part horror novel, This book should probably have something for everyone. The descriptions of everyday voodooism in the caribbean, holywoodish as it may be, is really evocative and genuinly interesting.On the negative side, it is slightly disjointed and episodic - you never get the feel for the entire arc of the story as it jerkingly jumps from place to place, never really settling into rythm. It is also a bit to technical for my taste when it comes to sailing, and the sailing jargon is a bit hard to penetrate at times, but this might be because english is not my first language. Both these objections are minor. A must for evey fan of pirate fiction that is also a fantasy or horror enthusiast, and well worth the time of everyone else too, for that matter.