• 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

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