This is the third book in the Lieutenant Martin Jerrold saga. Jerrold is not meant to be a hero (he spent Trafalger locked up for drunkenness), and he continues not being a hero in this volume. Jerrold is off to America where he gets mixed up with the actions of former Vice President Aaron Burr in trying to take over the Spanish areas of Central and North America.
This is a fun book and I enjoyed reading it, but I found it ultimately unsatisfying. The main problem I have is that Jerrold doesn't actually do very much in the book. For the most part he is bundled onto a ship, or a carriage, or a raft, or another ship, and he is just along for the ride. By hewing so close to history, the author gives the non-historical Jerrold little to do. He has a few actions like saving his ship early and late in the book but for the most part is simply observing the shenanigans around him.
And I can't quite forgive the lack of a role for Isobel, who appeared in the first two books.
I'll read the fourth if there is another in the series. But I hope Jerrold rouses himself and puts more a stamp on the activities around him.
- Kindle Edition: 380 pages
- Publisher: Transworld Digital (28 February 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553815164
- ISBN-13: 978-0553815160
- ASIN: B004OEIDHA
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 539,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)