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Slave to Fortune

Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
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Slave to Fortune is an award-winning historical novel. 

Tom Cheke's world is turned upside down when he is kidnapped from his home by Barbary corsairs during an audacious night raid. Sold into slavery in 17th-century Algiers, Tom carves out a promising, new life only to have it shattered once more. Another twist of fate throws him into the hands of a Scottish knight of the Order of St John and into a turbulent world of ciphers, spies, and assassinations.

This is a remarkable account of how a young man comes of age, grasping life from the setbacks of fortune. It is a tale of friendship and reconciliation, of intrigue and deceit, in which trust is betrayed and deep-rooted beliefs and values are cast into doubt. 

In Slave to Fortune, D.J. Munro skilfully captures a bygone era of galleons and gunpowder as the plot twists from the alleyways of Algiers, through the splendor of Malta and the canals of Venice to maritime Portsmouth and the rustic charms of the Isle of Wight.

With echoes of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic adventure novel Kidnapped and J. Meade Falkner's Moonfleet, Slave to Fortune is an uplifting, intelligent book that will spark curiosity and keep listeners enthralled.

©2018 DJ Munro (P)2018 Tantor

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  • 08-26-19

I love a book that has an ending.

I took a chance on this I did not know if it would be a good read or not. I loved I the book and the fact that it had an ending. it seems every other book I read is " to be continued" and some of those books I never follow through the series. Other times I'm constantly checking the calendar to find out when the next books coming out. By the time I read it I forgot what happened in the first one!

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A Historical Novel of Epic Proportions

The author's historical research to support this work of fiction is laudable and Micheneresque. Travel back in time to when mere misfortune of place and circumstance could dramatically change a large number of lives. The audio performance is a masterful complement to the book. I am still coming to grips with the fact that the barbaric antagonist was apparently my 11th Great Grandfather.