- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (20 Dec. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1444727869
- ISBN-13: 978-1444727869
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.4 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 654,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Blood Diamond: A Pirate Devlin Novel (Pirate Devlin 3) Paperback – 20 Dec 2012
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THE PIRATE DEVLIN is top quality historical fiction. Mark Keating knows his period inside-out and his stylish prose and devilish plot fold it into a gripping read. This is the start of something big. (Harry Sidebottom, author of Warrior of Rome)
A superbly imagined, vividly written debut. Devlin is set to become the Sharpe of the high seas. (Saul David, author of Zulu Hart)
Keating's latest novel continues his insight into the pirate life with technical seafaring detail, bloody sea battles, treasure hunts and exotic settings. High adventure does not get much better than this. (Sunday Canberra Times)
Devlin is an anti-hero to savour . . . fearless and flawed, ruthless and roguish but with all the endearing honour that traditionally flourishes among fictional thieves. (Lancashire Evening Post)
a swashbuckling 18th Century adventure . . . sure to delight both fans of Sharpe and Hornblower (Peterborough Evening Telegraph)
Very well researched (Historical Novels Review)
The break-out novel in possibly the best historical series since Sharpe.See all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
As usual Devlin is his charming roguish devilish self. I have to say that before Devlin i had never fund an author who could pull it off. The pirates seemed false, to nice, to OTT etc. But Mark Keating walks the perfect line giving the character a real personality (makes me wonder if some of it is himself...in which case I'd love to meet him)
When he mixes this very rounded real character with the amazingly vivid and well researched historical settings you end up with a mix that's exciting, action packed and will literally grab you by the nuts and drag you from chapter to chapter until exhaustion or the conclusion finishes you off. I personally polished blood diamond in a single day, i just could not put it down.
Very much recommended
Each Devlin novel is a standalone adventure. In BLOOD DIAMOND the fearless pirate captain Devlin is invited to London by the Prince of Wales, no less, and offered an amnesty if he will carry out a daring crime. Devlin is tasked with going to Paris to steal the biggest, most valuable diamond ever found - the Pitt Diamond - now in the possession of the French Prince Regent. Set against the unsure frenzy of speculation known as the South Sea Bubble, with action and suspense on the filthy streets and great palaces of London and Paris, not to mention an epic confrontation with the French navy in the English Channel, BLOOD DIAMOND is the most exciting novel yet in the Devlin series.
What unfurled within was a story of high adventure, cracking action and of course the continual development of our lead hero as he seeks to grow in his own role. As with the previous instalments Mark continues to grow in his writing skill as each title continues to push him and its clear to see how its gone. The prose is top notch, the pace solid and with a character like Devlin on hand how can you not fall in love with the high seas. Great stuff.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved the first 2 books so this one was a must read and it didn't disappoint. Hoping for a new one soon.Published on 29 Aug. 2013 by d
Excellent well paced read other that there is a part when an escape is a little too contrived and it seems as if the author ran out of ideas or wanted to curtail the story but... Read morePublished on 10 Feb. 2013 by John Hanson
Loved this book the whole way through, couldn`t put it down, I have read the series and find the next one out better than the last. Read morePublished on 5 Feb. 2013 by S. Moore