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- Print Length: 198 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1514784491
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- Publisher: Grindelwald (August 9, 2013)
- Publication Date: August 9, 2013
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- Language: English
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That is it in a nutshell. There are some interesting parts such as the ship's surgeon discussing his part in body snatching to have cadavers to dissect, the tale of how other British ships intercepted and seized a Spanish flota carrying treasure to Spain, some of which is given to Quintrell for safe keeping, or descriptions on the town and how dead bodies are removed to common graves. The only action comes when Quintrell and some of his men take it upon themselves to move a 32 pounder cannon on a shore battery. At that moment three French frigates arrive to discharge a landing party. They are swiftly dealt with by the seamen now manning the shore battery with its huge guns.
This is rather a quick read. The characters are not that well fleshed out. Much of what learns of them, the type of personalities they are, is gleaned from dialogue alone. Perhaps it would have been better if I had read the first two books in the series. The characters may have been better formed in the earlier books by way of introduction.
I felt left out with this volume. It is an almost complete break with the usual naval historical fiction of the period. Most of the book is about a plague quarantine at Gibraltar. quintrell's ship is caught up in quarantine. Most of the book deals with dying and dead people, a doctor who likes to grave rob so he can dissect people, and problems of shortages of everything.
A doctor might find it interesting.
I can see why Ms Muir picked this historical event. No other period author has so it was new ground to plow.
I understand there will be fourth book early next year. I will give it a look and perhaps purchase it.
Historical perspective on the part of the author. Some might interpret this author's motivation, in this book and other Oliver Quintrell. Books, as being of an anti-Semitic nature?
A disappointed reader.