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- File Size: 780 KB
- Print Length: 315 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Old Salt Press LLC (17 July 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00E0LJMT0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #135,067 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A meticulous historian, Bond does not romanticize the smugglers or their stealthy trade. Instead, he describes the damage they did to the economy of Britain during the war with Napoleon -- the sheer scope and nerve of their activities; how they traded extravagantly with the enemy, carrying scarce bullion over the Channel and coming back with luxury goods. The job of a revenue man was a tough one, particularly when that man was based in a shoreside village where the smuggling gangs ruled with bribery and force. Young Griffin, fresh from an East Indiaman, is faced with a novel and remarkably taxing challenge, and part of the excitement and suspense of this book is finding out whether or not he is up to the arduous job, and how well he is going to cope.
All the personalities in the book are well rounded and real, and Captain Griffin is particularly so. I have decided he is definitely a hero with Horatio Hornblower potential. If I was to fall in love with one of the characters, though, it would be with the revenue cutter Bee...
Bond is a master storyteller and he weaves a well written plot that explores the divided loyalties of the townsfolk who support small scale smuggling but are fearful of the gangs strength. The narrative vividly recounts life in a small fishing town where the Revenue men seek to combat a practice that is draining the country of money to fight the war against France and even sometimes supplying the enemy, whilst their fast agile cutter is often outgunned by the smugglers.
As usual Bond's research shines through as he subtly educates us about smuggling in a fast paced hard to put down book. Highly Recommended.
That's the challenge facing Captain Griffin, newly appointed to the revenue service in Sussex in the late 1700s. He soon discovers that the smugglers control the coast, the towns and the locals in a lucrative business they have no intention of giving up. Frustrated by a local population afraid to stand up to the gangs, and his own lack of experience, Griffin must win the respect of the crew of his cutter, the Bee, and his colleagues if he is to survive and carry out his duty.
Populated with memorable characters, a plot brimming with suspense and conflict, and some vivid naval action, Alaric Bond brings the Sussex coast and the times alive. While it may be set in the 1700s, the themes are universal as a man with high principles stakes everything to battle against corruption and greed in a compelling story that kept me turning the pages from the first chapter to the last.
I enjoyed every page.
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