Reviews

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    Praise for Peter Smalley:

    'Salute a new master of the sea. Smalley is intending to appropriate the capacious mantle of the late Patrick O'Brian and, on the strength of this book, it should prove a snug fit. Smalley has written a real page-turner, engrossing and enthralling, stuffed with memorable characters. Highly recommended.'

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    Daily Express
  • "Following in the wake of Hornblower and Patrick O Brian ... there is enough to satisfy the most belligerent armchair warrior: cutlasses, cannibals, as well as a hunt for buried treasure. All this plus good taut writing gets Peter Smalley's series off to a flying start"

    Sunday Telegraph
  • "Breathtakingly exciting, magnificent. He captures the stench of brutal conflict in a series of scenes which at once thrill and horrify and which propel readers along at breakneck speed, leaving them gasping for breath. There can be no doubt that Port Royal represents storytelling at its very best"

    Daily Express
  • "Smalley picks up a fair clip in this third outing for Hayter...swift and bloody engagements, locations by turns stormy or exotic and a fluency with maritime detail all assist Smalley's pursuit of the late Patrick O'Brien mantle"

    FT magazine
  • "Well written, with good periodic dialogue, a nice feeling for the attitudes and behaviour of officers and men, and plenty of knowledge about sailing ships. The cliffhanger ending it a sure hook for the next book."

    Historical Novels Review