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This review is from: Batavia's Graveyard: The True Story Of The Mad Heretic Who Led History's Bloodiest Mutiny (Paperback)
This is a great book. It's like driving past a multi car pile up on the other side of the motorway - you know you shouldn't look, and don't really want to, but are compelled to do so, on the off chance you'll see a decapitated head or a severed limb.
It recounts the true story of the `Batavia' - a Dutch East Indies ship and its ill-fated voyage to Java in 1629.
Two hundred men, women and children were shipwrecked when the `Batavia' ran into a chain of barren coral reefs off the west coast of the then undiscovered Australia. What happened next almost defies belief. Three months later, less than 80 people remained - the others murdered in an orgy of barbaric and inhuman blood lust.
A tremendous amount of research and hard work must have gone into this book, and it shows. It's packed full of history; social, political and religious and it's a brilliant story, well written, compelling and morbidly fascinating.