Book three in the reluctant adventures of Martin Jerrold.
August, 1806. As Britain fights alone against France, the greatest political chancer of his age hatches an audacious plot to upend the world order. Only one man stands in his way. Unfortunately, that man is Lieutenant Martin Jerrold.
With powerful enemies in England to escape, Jerrold is only too happy to undertake a routine mission to America. But he'll soon wish he had stayed at home, as his journey takes him across pirate-infested seas, through the wilderness of the American frontier and down the mighty Mississippi river – into the heart of an extraordinary conspiracy.
The stakes are high – the entire future of Britain's war against Napoleon rests in his not-so-capable hands. One wrong move and the consequences will be catastrophic, even by Jerrold's own dismal standards.
“Will fill the gaping hole stoved in the timbers of the sea-saga genre by the sad death of Patrick O'Brian”
Scotland on Sunday
“At last, the nautical Flashman! Martin Jerrold looks set to become one of the great British anti-heroes, boozing and lusting his way through Regency England.”
“Thomas has created in Lt Martin Jerrold someone whom the reader of nautical fiction has never seen before - a character we love despite ourselves, and despite his many faults, faults to which he himself happily admits. Jerrold is no dashing and fearless naval hero, he revels in and celebrates his own shortcomings and ineptitude and he takes us happily along on that wild and hilarious ride. For the lover of naval fiction, historical fiction mysteries, this book has it all. I eagerly await the next.”
“Fast paced, exciting and funny.”
Conn Iggulden, author of The Dangerous Book for Boys