(From the publisher):
Under sealed orders for a long, arduous voyage, Captain Daniel Swift must forge an efficient crew from the ragged group - the old and the weak, criminals and young boys - he commands. Thanks to his own evil reputation and wretched wartime conditions, only the most desperate will join his ship Welfare
. To make up the numbers, he must resort to press gangs.
Using trickery and kidnapping, Swift's young nephew, William Bentley, brings in the last two members of the company; farmer's boy Thomas Fox and smuggler Jesse Broad find themselves on board a ship policed by the cane and cat. As the voyage wears on, the food becomes rotten, the water foul, the men weakened by disease and punishment. Inevitably, the talk below deck turns to mutiny.
Relentlessly building and tension-filled, A Fine Boy for Killing is a fascinating picture of life on board a naval frigate - the first in a remarkable new series of historical naval adventures from Jan Needle.
Original title: A Fine Boy for Killing
Genre: Fiction→ Adventure→ Military and Naval Adventure