But the ship's crew do not trust John and decide he must be done away with - until a spectacular event changes everything. Soon the ship is bound for the bustling port of Nantucket, where John must learn to cope with his celebrity status and the strange customs of a new land.
Then he meets Owen's wife, the beautiful and bold Isobel, and, to his dismay, falls for her. As this love triangle intensifies, John also finds himself entangled in the murderous intrigue of rival whaleship companies. And beneath it all is the dark secret of John's past.
Inspired by the incredible true story of John Sackhouse, The Esquimaux is a thrilling and unforgettable novel about greed and lust and the difficulties of love, friendship and acceptance.
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By Kaggy on 26-08-17
Interesting historical detail. Meandering story...
I did manage to get to the end of this book but I have to admit it was a struggle especially when, after an exhilarating start, the main character hit dry land and everything fell into the doldrums. What I did like was the historical detail about Nantucket and the way author brought into perspective the lives of the sailors and the toll their long and frequent absences took on their long suffering spouses. What made me squirm was the way the author wrote about sex. Was he intentionally being farcical with some of the scenes? I couldn't quite work it out, but it didn't seem to sit right with the general atmosphere of the story. I also found the way the story skipped backwards and forwards in time, incredibly confusing and I wish the hands of a very strong and determined editor had been involved. Overall I would say this is an interesting rather than good book but I would be interested in reading more from this author as he does seem to have potential.
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