South Seas, 1850: Kit Killigrew and the Tisiphone are heading towards Norfolk Island, a savage penal colony; ostensibly to drop off the prison chief's new governess, but also deliver a reporter bent on interviewing Devin Cusack - an Irish political prisoner.
But when an unknown party tries to rescue Cusack, seven of the island's most ruthless prisoners escape, including the fearsome Wyatt. What ensues is a deadly game of cat and mouse among the New Hebrides, where Killigrew unearths a series of illegal trades.
Ultimately, it is Killigrew's state of mind which threatens to achieve what a tribe of cannibals, a band of desperate criminals and a vicious trader - hell bent on profit at any cost - cannot, as he places himself in the line of danger once too often
The third magnificent Killigrew adventure, this is a thrilling maritime ride perfect for fans of C.S. Forester, Patrick O'Brian and Julian Stockwin.
`A hero to rival any Horatio Hornblower. Swashbuckling? You bet' Belfast Telegraph
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`A new naval hero who will delight lovers of seafaring yarns' Manchester Evening News