Nicholas Griffin The Requiem Shark

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The Requiem Shark

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A young man forced into apprenticeship with a former slave trader who now captains a pirate vessel tells the vivid story of his life sailing to the ends of the earth during the eighteenth century. A first novel. Reprint.

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"Plenty of action and horrific thrills, without a salty cliche in sight. A splendid debut."
--STARRED Kirkus Review

"Remarkable . . . a vivid and authentic picture of life at sea that is second to none."
-- The Daily Mail

"Dexterously handled ... ingenious. Legend, anecdote and delusion are skillfully conflated to give Griffin's story its impetus . . . . The atmosphere of lawlessness and the period detail are faultlessly rendered."
-- The Independent

"A gory and glorious tale of piracy set on the high seas of the early 18th century ... marvelously exciting. ... Nicholas Griffin has taken an old fashioned subject and breathed into it modernity and considerable wit."
-- The Spectator

Griffin's attempts to make more out of the crew than a group of swashbuckling stereotypes [gives The Requiem Shark] a moral compass after its unflinching depiction of the pirates' barbarities. [Griffin] allows the reader to experience them as distant cousins of the savageries we witness today.
-- The Times Literary Supplement

Nicholas Griffin has delved into the dark world of the pirates and has successfully conjured up the authentic atmosphere of anarchy, double-dealing and casual violence.
-- David Cordingly, author of Under the Black Flag

Fascinating research into every aspect of early eighteenth-century seafaring, the Caribbean and piracy, prose that is a wonderfully original blend of pastiche and the raciest action writing you'll find anywhere.
-- Julian Rathbone, author of The Last English King

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1719.  The Golden Age of Piracy is about to end.  

Based on the last voyage of the most successful captain in the history of  piracy, The Requiem Shark is the tale of a young recruit, William Williams, and his forced apprenticeship to Bartholomew Roberts, slaver turned pirate captain.  Acting as biographer to the captain and fiddler to the crew, Williams sails from West Africa to the Caribbean, recording their conflicts with the mariners, merchants, whores and tribes who populate the ends of the known world.

Held together by greed and the desire for independence, the crew sways between
treachery and allegiance, violence and dreams of redemption as they quest for the Juliette, a treasure ship so wealthy its capture will guarantee all their fortunes.

Williams is slowly accepted by the crew but his only true confidants are the learned Doctor Scudamore and, Innocent, a former Yoruban slave and the sole member of his own

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