Long winded yarn using some very archaic language that has you continually using the dictionary to find the words meaning. Very frustrating and why these authors cannot put the words meaning in brackets defies logic. You will find many sea faring phrases that you will have no idea of what they mean and after a while you will not care. Have read this one and the second one in the series as I thought the first one could be an aberration...unfortunately not. Some historical facts but not enough meat on them to satisfy you if you like historical fiction yarns.