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Newly promoted to captain, William Brewer is tasked to serve and defend British interests in the waters off Brazil. But who defines what constitutes Britain’s Interests? Portugal’s former colony is declaring independence, and an independent Brazil might better serve Britain’s economic development. King George, however, chooses to support Portugal’s monarch and his efforts to retain the colony. At the very least, Portugal’s king wants to retrieve the royal treasury that was sent to Brazil for safekeeping during the Napoleonic wars. So British ships are sent to support Portugal’s interests, even when many of the captains - and even more of the crewmen - are more than sympathetic towards Brazil.

The age of sail is nearing its zenith: Ships are faster, navies wield more influence, and modernizations are improving shipboard life. But Brewer is inheriting a ship whose previous captain exercised brutal control over his men until crew members mutinied against him. No less a personage than Admiral Hornblower is hoping Brewer can restore morale before it’s too late. But it may already be too late, at least for some. And it certainly doesn’t make Brewer’s job any easier when a renegade British officer takes it upon himself to champion Brazil’s cause. Admiral Cochrane audaciously sets out to recruit disgruntled British sailors for the new Brazilian Navy - at a much higher rate of pay!

At the risk of starting a war with Brazil, a small fleet of British ships led by Admiral Hardy is tasked with spiriting away a royal fortune in Portuguese gold across the pirate-ridden waters of the Atlantic. It will take the combined ingenuity and skill of Brewer, his officers, and crew to even have a chance of accomplishing their mission.

©2021 James Keffer (P)2021 Penmore Press

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How an adventure audiobook should sound.

I have followed the Brewer series with great interest and have been looking forward to this volume.
Narrator Nigel has really set the bar for other audiobooks of this genre. When I listen to a sea fairing adventure by another narrator it just leaves me cold due to just a plain voice. With Nigel’s audiobooks this reviewer is submersed into the adventure as the story telling, narration, characterisations, sound effects and music make it a true delight from start to finish.

Many thanks for letting this listener’s inner little boy sail on the high seas as if he was really there.

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totally griped by this series and want a book 5

I have now listened to all four books in the series and got to say they keep you wanting the story not to end as it feels like you are on the boat with captain William Brewer going through his adventures. this time he has to deal with an old enemy will he complete his mission? I don't want to spoil it for you so get the book you won't regret it.

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  • K. Lewandowski
  • 01-08-21

I hate it when it ends!

Oh, my God! The Brewer series are the very best books! And Nigel Peever brings them to life. You always can tell when an author, his book and the narrator are meant to be together and the work is pure gold. It is when you find yourself laughing at the jokes, smiling and sad. The only thing I DON'T like.... is that I have to wait to find out how Mr. Green is doing. 😒