Friends this is my review of the book “By the Mast Divided” by David Donachie which I have read recently. This is the first David Donachie book that I have read, so was not quite sure what to expect.
They are historical novels set in the late 1700's. David goes into great detail setting the scene, of life around this time. Making it very clear that it was not very nice.
The star of the book is John Pearce and he is illegally press ganged from the Pelican tavern in London, to the ship HMS Brilliant. David then cleverly uses the fact that John is a landlubber who knows nothing about the Navy to explain to the read what life was like for the average sailor in the Navy at this time.
John being literate and educated is popular with his fellow land lubbers who were also press ganged, and gains respect from the real sailors who he works with in the mess.
He soon has his first run in with Navel authority and the book then goes on to site a series of failed escape attempts of various ilk. At this time his ship HMS Brilliant, engages in a series of more and more desperate manoeuvres against the French to try and improve the Captains status.
John of course is given the most desperate tasks to try and get him killed, but this does not happen. In fact through a very contrived and amusing set of circumstances John succeeds where the Captain had failed. Though to say more would spoil the story for those who have not read it yet.
A very enjoyable adventure and as I was given this book as a set of three recently I will be reviewing some more of them at a later date.
This was an enjoyable read as book 14 week 11 fiction 14 (audio book 3) non fiction 0
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