• "Tinniswood's absorbing book is packed with bad characters, big fights and breathless chases"

    Peter Lewis, Daily Mail
  • "Tinniswood narrates this story with brio and bravura, displaying an excellent eye for the theatrical detail and juicy episode"

    Maria Fusaro, BBC History Magazine
  • "Adrian Tinniswood is a masterly writer of history with a gift for slamming his readers into the thick of the action"

    Jason Goodwin, Literary Review
  • "This rollicking book unpicks a confusion of names, dates and places to produce a fascinating history of seabourne conflict."

    Christopher Hudson, Daily Telegraph
  • "This exciting book proves that such obscurity is both surprising and undeserved"

    James McConnachie, The Times