I’ve mentioned before that I’m a huge sucker for nautical themed books. I enjoy reading about life at sea despite the fact that I’ve spent a good amount of time living it. It’s just nice to read about something that you know. Therefore, when I was asked to review At Drake’s Command by David Wesley Hill, I jumped at the chance.
I’m extremely glad that I did. At Drake’s Command is an extremely well researched “historical fiction” in the style of Patrick O’Brian’s Master and Commander series. Hill has imposed his character into the story of Sir Francis Drake’s circumnavigation of the globe.
As Peregrine James was being led to the hitching post, he realized that he may need a fresh start. Fortune would shine on him as he was able to catch the eye of Sir Francis Drake. He was able to sign on with his crew and begin a new journey. The book follows “Perry” over the first portion of the voyage as the fleet of ships makes down the coast of Africa and begins the transit across the Atlantic.
I really enjoyed reading this book. It is incredibly well written, and the subject matter is very interesting. It’s a very quick read, and it’s also historically educational. I’m also going to say that the ending caught me completely by surprise. I never saw it coming, and it blew my mind. The entire book was really good, but the ending just put it over the top.
The book will be officially released on November 15th, but you can pre-order it right now at http://www.temurlonepress.com/preorder.php. Pre-orders will receive autographed copies of the book.