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Whales for the Wizard | [Malcolm Archibald]

Whales for the Wizard

Returning to the Dundee of 1860 after years in the army, Robert Douglas finds employment with George Gilbride, a whaling-ship owner known as the Wizard. Drugged by sinister gangster John Wylie, Douglas wakens on board the steam-whaler Redgauntlet bound for the Artic, and discovers that his companions believe the ship is haunted and do not expect to return. After an initial clash, Douglas befriends the ship's mate, "Bully Houston", and together thay begin to unravel a year-old mystery.
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Returning to the Dundee of 1860 after years in the army, Robert Douglas finds employment with George Gilbride, a whaling-ship owner known as the Wizard. Drugged by sinister gangster John Wylie, Douglas wakens on board the steam-whaler Redgauntlet bound for the Artic, and discovers that his companions believe the ship is haunted and do not expect to return. After an initial clash, Douglas befriends the ship's mate, "Bully Houston", and together thay begin to unravel a year-old mystery.

©2005 Malcolm Archibald; (P)2006 Oakhill Publishing Ltd

What the Critics Say

"It has a jolting opening, an unashamedly fast pace, and a compelling hero in Robert Douglas." (The Scotsman
"The author's imaginative emapthy for his subject...creates a pleasurable sense of historical authenticity in his novel...without clogging the arteries of adventure." (Sunday Herald)

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    I guess I'm a sucker for any historical 'who dunit', but this was certainly one of the better ones. Well read, it had me looking forward to my long drive to work in the morning and early evening so I could get back to listening to this thrilling tale. I will certainly be keeping my eyes open for any follow up, should there ever be one!

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