Hunt for White Gold
By Mark Keating
Rich in historical insight and told in a dramatic and engaging voice, this is a superb evocation of the period with a series character to rival Sharpe.
Made in China and imported by the East India Company for the kings, queens and rising middle classes of Europe, porcelain has become the most valuable commodity in the West. They call it white gold.
The secret method of its manufacture would make a millionarie of the man who discovered it or a great power of the nation which held it.
And now that closely-guarded formula has been smuggled out of China in a letter which half the world is chasing - including servant-turned-pirate Patrick Devlin.
To find the letter and secure the release of his kidnapped friend Peter Sam, Devlin must sail to the island of New Providence and a confrontation with his former master Captain John Coxon - not to mention Edward 'Blackbeard' Teach, a man with a fearsome reputatlin, a deep grudge, and a long memory.
Mark Keating was born in North London and spent most of his life working around the South East selling everything from comic books to champagne.
He now lives in Pembrokeshire with his wife and sons and is currently looking at the sea.
Visit Mark Keating's website at http://markkeatingsbooks.blogspot.co.uk/ and follow him on Twitter @piratedevlin
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29 Sep 2011
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THE PIRATE DEVLIN is top quality historical fiction. Mark Keating knows his period inside-out and his stylish prose and devilish plot fold it into a gripping read. This is the start of something big. — Harry Sidebottom, author of Warrior of Rome
A superbly imagined, vividly written debut. Devlin is set to become the Sharpe of the high seas. — Saul David, author of Zulu Hart
Keating's latest novel continues his insight into the pirate life with technical seafaring detail, bloody sea battles, treasure hunts and exotic settings. High adventure does not get much better than this. — Sunday Canberra Times
Devlin is an anti-hero to savour . . . fearless and flawed, ruthless and roguish but with all the endearing honour that traditionally flourishes among fictional thieves. — Lancashire Evening Post
a swashbuckling 18th Century adventure . . . sure to delight both fans of Sharpe and Hornblower — Peterborough Evening Telegraph