Befriended by fellow captive Dan, they escape horrors of the slave barracks by converting to Islam; then, serving aboard a Turkish ship, their vessel is sunk at sea. Condemned to further slavery and chained to the oar bench of a French galley, Hector is driven by the need to find out what happened to his sister, Elizabeth, who was also kidnapped by the corsairs.
He learns the chilling truth when he and his colourful band of brothers are shipwrecked off the coast of Morocco.....
©2008 Tim Severin; (P)2008 Oakhill Publishing
I found this story lacking the element that gives things a bit of spice and makes you just want to listen more. The main characters seem to stumble around from one predicament to another without much reason so ultimately I did not particularly care about their fate.
There are the beginnings of some good antagonists, but just when they get going, the heros move on, pretty much unscathed.
The narrator conveyed a certain naivety for the main character, which may have been his goal, but it put me off a bit.
"Gripping tale expertly written"
The only thing that grated was the narrator who can't tell the difference between gaol and goal, otherwise it was performed very well. The story itself was so graphic we could almost be there and there was truly never a dull moment, quite exhausting! I had read the Brendan Voyage a long time ago so didn't know what to expect but knew it would be well researched and historically accurate and the depth of detail is astonishing. A very convincing and enjoyable adventure, well done Mr Severin.
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