on 17 September 2009
Heartily glad to find this amazing, wonderfully illustrated and thoroughly researched story of - not one of - but the world's most extraordinary pirate, admiral of the Ottoman fleet and power second only to that of his sponsor Suleiman the Magnificent.
Were it not for the fact that the text is historically completely accurate, readers will be treated to one of the very few genuine adventure stories.
Naturally, as we're talking about piracy there's plenty of blood and thunder - but within the story you'll discover just how many seafaring advances - in sail, shipbuilding generally, battle tactics and more - and learn too of the historic economic and religious rivalry between the dying Hapsburg Empire and the Ottoman Empire that lasted for an unbelievable length of time - from the 16th to the mid 20th century. Certainly a read worth reading!
on 18 February 2015
Good, solid account of one of Europe's more flamboyant characters - pirate, navigator, admiral of the Ottoman fleet in the early 16th Century and an all-round villain that even today thrills Turkish children who read books about this extraordinary man.
Bradford's historical account captures the excitement of sea battles in which most of the ships were propelled into battle by slaves chained to their oars for months on end. This is a dark, cruel world of exploitation, commerce and piracy but also full of thrills and spills and do-daring in true piratical fashion. It makes Jack Sparrow and his enemies look positively charming and benign!
In short, if you like marine history at its most bloodthirsty, then Barbaross is your man!