The Man Who Saved Henry Morgan

The Man Who Saved Henry Morgan

A Novel

Book - 2015
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The Sisters Brothers meets Master and Commander in Robert Hough's rollicking and raucous new historical novel.

The year is 1664, and Benny Wand, a young thief and board game hustler, is arrested in London for illegal gaming. Deported to the city of Port Royal, Jamaica, known as "the wickedest city on earth," Wand is forced by his depleted circumstances to join a raid on the Spanish city of Villahermosa. The mission is a perilous success, and Wand attracts the attention of the mission's leader, an up-and-coming Welsh seaman, Captain Henry Morgan, whose raids on Spanish strongholds are funded by the British government.

While embarking on a campaign in the Caribbean, Wand and Morgan develop an unlikely friendship through a shared love of chess. As Morgan is corrupted by his increasingly sordid attacks on Spanish cities, he slowly becomes Wand's greatest enemy. To defeat his former ally, Wand embarks on a strategic battle of wits and must help Morgan in the most savage and unexpected way possible. This is blistering and bawdy storytelling at its best.

Publisher: Toronto, ON : House of Anansi Press Inc., 2015
ISBN: 9781770899452
1770899456
Branch Call Number: FIC HOUGH 2015
Characteristics: 342 pages ; 21 cm

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Benny avoids prison, but ends up playing chess with and advising privateer Henry Morgan, whose job it is to fight the Spanish Armada. Can the young hustler stay a step ahead of his more experienced captain?


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stellamd
Dec 12, 2016

A page turner. This author's style is excellent. I never would have thought I'd be so taken up with reading re pirates in the Caribbean, but his way of telling a story just draws you in. I look forward with pleasure to reading more of his work.

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doxland
May 09, 2015

A good read;
Draws you on and on

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