This is my review of the book “The Blockade Runners by Jules Verne”, which I listened to recently as a librivox recording.
This is an exciting story written about the time at the end of the American Civil War. The Southern cotton trade has been largely blockaded by the Unionists and this has created a fantastic demand for raw cotton.
A Scottish merchant builds his own fast shallow draft ship that can break the blockade, and load up with cotton bales that are rotting in the wharves. What starts out as a quick there and back dash is complicated by the passengers that he finds on his ship.
The passengers want to arrange a rescue mission for prisoners held by the rebels in Charleston. The ship has to get the cargo to pay off the enormous costs incurred during its building, but both sides have a very large number of cannon. Any stray cannonball could put an end to the mission in one blow.
This is an exciting engaging fast moving story, full of adventure. Just perfect for taking ones mind from the queues on the road.
This was book 37 week 28 fiction 34 (audio book 10) non fiction 3.
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