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At Drake's Command: The Adventures of Peregrine James During the Second Circumnavigation of the World (The Drake Circumnavigation Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Peregrine is taken on as a cook when he catches Drake's eye whilst awaiting a public flogging. Peregine, a sort of 16th Century Jamie Oliver, can cook up a storm but he soon becomes Drake's trusted man which leads him away from his galley stoves and into numerous adventures. He soon learns that he is regarded by his superiors as absolutely expendable and learns many home truths such as honesty is not always regarded as the best policy. Peregrine learns the sorrow of losing a good friend to the deep and the privations of life on a sailing ship in the sixteenth century that has him cooking up such delicacies as `between decks venison', a sort of rat stew. The ship is supposed to be sailing to Alexandria to trade in currants but it soon becomes clear to Peregrine that Drake has his sights set on much bigger prizes than a mere cargo of dried grapes.
This is a right rollicking tale which will keep you guessing all the way to the end, which, of course, is far from being the end. At Drake's Command is the first of a planned series featuring Peregrine Jones and the good Captain Drake so more to look forward to. The story is well told and the pace exciting. There is always something happening to Peregrine! The characters are well drawn from Drake as the larger than life person he must certainly have been, to the shrew like Doughty and the honourable Peregrine himself.
If you love a salty yarn and a fast adventure, you are going to love At Drake's Command.
The business of sailing is depicted with a sense of the drama of the sea, a precarious business, but there are incidents on land just as full of danger and excitement. Again and again Perry performs beyond the call of duty, but he is often naïve and prone to mistakes of judgement. There is a continuation of the story promised; to be titled 'Desperate Bankrupts'.
I was a little disappointed with the characterisation, particularly when Perry was blamed for matters of which he could only be innocent. The characterisation of Drake was disconcertingly inconsistent - all too ready to mistrust the boy who again and again proved himself true, only to be dismissed on the slimmest of evidence. It seems with all his efforts to prove himself as an adherent to Drake's cause, and with all the evidence of his faithfulness, the dice are cruelly cast against him.
This is an increasing trend and it drives me nuts. If you sell me a book, I expect a beginning, a middle and an end. Not the first third or so, with a clear promise of more to come.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved this book, it reads very easily and moves along at a great pace. Anyone looking for a fun adventure and some insight into the life's of Privateers, Pirates and the like... Read morePublished 11 months ago by MR R G LOGAN
I really enjoyed reading it. It is as much an adventure on land as on sea.
Very much looking forward to the next adventure.
a very good read and difficult to put down. only problem it finishes half way through the story so you will have to hunt down the next volume to see if he gets out of the problem... Read morePublished on 26 Aug. 2013 by dicktemplate
So many gastronomical mistakes. I don't think Drake's ships carried pepper, it was a very rare commodity, not used for a voyage. Read morePublished on 24 Aug. 2013 by Francis L. Hobbs
We are proud to announce that Drake's Command by David Wesley Hill is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!Published on 31 May 2013 by indieBRAG