1677 - Snatched from an Irish village by Barbary corsairs, 17 year old Hector Lynch finds himself in a bewildering world where life is cheap and only the quick- witted survive. 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.....More
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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.
- Keith Fossey