A good novel should contain elements of the truth, pace, variation, suspense, highs, lows, and story line that is exciting, holding the attention of the reader to the last page. This latest cracking yarn in the Kydd and Renzi saga is a very, very, good novel. Once again there is a challenge for the reviewer. How can the best efforts of a well-established author be adequately conveyed without ruining the readers’ enjoyment of working through the plots and counter-plots. Any existing reader of this series of nautical novels from the age of Nelson will have been waiting with increasing impatience for the publication of the next story. Whatever this reviewer may write will make no difference for these readers. They are firm fans. However, the readership continues to grow and grow. The stories are translated into more languages and the books become available in more formats. Be assured that this new book is worth every penny of the hard back price and more. Be warned that the series is habit forming and new readers will want to go out and buy all the preceding instalments. Enjoy.