Friday, 23 March 2012

Book Review: A Storm Hits Valparaiso - David Gaughran

Synopsis - Catalina Flores de la Pena's tongue got her in more trouble than any other part of her body, even though there were far more likely candidates.  But when a storm rolls into her sleepy port town, she finds herself embroiled with a gang of adventurers, mercenaries, and prostitutes on a journey to free South America from the Spanish Empire.

An epic historical adventure starring two brothers torn apart by love; a slave running for his life; a disgraced British sailor seeking his redemption; and Jose de San Martin, an Argentine general who deserts the Spanish Army to lead a bloody revolt against his former masters.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Review - I won this book from LibraryThing Members Give-aways.  A wonderfully written adventure set in South America.  The countries are at war with Spain, there are false rumours about the death of Napoleon and trouble within the ranks of the British Navy.  Initially the book starts with each chapter telling an individual story.  After a few of these seemingly separate stories, I thought the book was just that, full of short stories, albeit very good ones.  However, a few chapters in, characters reappeared and it became clear that they would all be connected in some way to tell the whole story.  This is historical fiction , however the author states in his 'historical note' that "every effort was made to make this book historically accurate" and tells us that the historical record is imperfect.  As far as accuracy goes, I felt that didn't matter because it was such a wonderful tale, descriptive, with good characterisations and the narrative flowed beautifully.  4*

Published December 20th 2011  ASIN B006OPORV8 Kindle Edition Amazon

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