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By the Mast Divided

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Author David Donachie
Rights World
ISBN 9780749082604
Pages 288
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Firebrand John Pearce’s first adventure on the high seas.


London 1793: Young firebrand John Pearce is illegally press-ganged from the refuge of the Pelican tavern to a brutal life aboard HMS Brilliant, a frigate on its way to war. In the first few days Pearce discovers the Navy is a world in which he can prosper. But he is not alone; he is drawn to a group of men – fly Charlie Taverner; quiet Ben Walker; tired old Abel Scrivens; the bairn of the group, Rufus Dommet; the droll, tough Irish labourer, Michael O’Hagan; and the bumptious Gherson – pressed men like him, who eventually form an exclusive gun crew, the Pelicans, with Pearce their elected leader. During an action-packed two weeks, as HMS Brilliant chases a French privateer across the English Channel, this disparate group of men form friendships that will last a lifetime.


David Donachie cleverly weaves these fictional characters into true historical situations to produce a compelling and utterly absorbing introductory novel. 

What The Critics Said

'A salty blend of seafaring adventure and whodunit'

Literary Review

'A very enjoyable adventure...John Pearce, the hero, is refreshingly different. I can't wait to read the next in the series'

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