Bering: A Novel of the Russian Imperial Great Northern Expedition

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Empress Anna Ivanova decrees that Danish-born Captain-Commander Vitus Jonassen Bering is to spearhead an ambitious Imperial Great Northern Expedition to explore and map the coastal waters off Siberia, chart a northern sea route to Japan and Cathay, and prove or disprove once and for all the existence of a new continent believed to lie between Russia and the Americas. The hazardous 8,000-kilometre overland trek from St Petersburg to Siberia is no more than a prelude to many months of cruel hardship at sea. For Vitus Bering, this epic expedition is a voyage of self-discovery and the realisation of a lifelong ambition. For Bering's wife Osa, it proves a dramatic and life-changing experience. For Bering's dedicated lieutenants, charismatic Martin Spanberg and loyal First Officer Sven Waxell, it is a unique test of their seafaring skills and their instincts for survival. And for timid German naturalist Georg Wilhelm Steller, it will be in every sense a rite of passage. All the while, back in the hotbed of political intrigue and infighting that is St Petersburg, the time has come to forge new alliances and settle old scores...This extraordinary novel charts the thrilling of one of the greatest but least known of all journeys of exploration.

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Edward John ('Eddie') Crockett was born in Scotland and educated at the universities of Aberdeen, Dijon, Paris, Heidelberg and Zürich. Following a lengthy spell as a university lecturer, he went on to author, edit and co-publish a range of specialist business journals prior to moving into full-time media consultancy and international public affairs on behalf of corporate clients, philanthropic organisations in Europe and North America, and major supranational institutions such as the European Parliament and UNESCO.Eddie Crockett is fluent in several European languages and has been a guest lecturer at various European and international institutes of higher learning. Not least, he is a translator/editor of major sports biographies (Niki Lauda, Alain Prost, Muhammad Ali) and diverse publications on art history (De Chirico, Raphaël, The Venetian School), cinema (Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford), European Union issues and lifestyle subjects ranging from gastronomy to snowboarding and from oriental carpets to kitesurfing.His interests include travel, food and drink, all sports (other than cricket), cinema, jazz ancient and modern, biography and - inevitably - quality historical fiction.

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