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Hunt for White Gold

By Mark Keating

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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.

Sold by his father for four guineas, Patrick Devlin was working as a servant to Royal Navy Captain John Coxon when he was catpured by pirates. Now, Devlin has himself become one of the most feared pirates in the world - and Coxon his most bitter foe. But in this thrilling new historical adventure it is not gold that Devlin is chasing, but something even more valuable. The early 18th Century is obsessed with the flavours of the New World - coffee and chocolate. And only one material enables the kings, queens and rising middle classes of Europe to drink without burning their fingers on the handles of their cups - Chinese porcelain. In a brilliant conspiracy story reaching from the unknown empires of the East to the restless new colonies of America, a letter has gone missing. In the letter lies the formula for the manufacture of Chinese porcelain, and whoever can find the letter can name his price - and even change the course of history, by enriching the nation that owns the secret. Valentim Mendes, a Portugese noble who has crossed swords with Devlin before, now seeks to blackmail him into finding the letter. And wherever Devlin goes, his nemesis Coxon is never far behind.

Biographical Notes

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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  • ISBN: 9781848942004
  • Publication date: 06 Jan 2011
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  • Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton
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
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