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A Singular Captain
     

A Singular Captain

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by John Regan
 

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It's 1518 and the Catholic Church is under attack from a man named Martin Luther while the Spanish Empire extends its bloodthirsty rule across the world against the wishes of arch-rival, Portugal. The Line of Demarcation divides the world between Portugal and Spain but no one knows on which side the fabulous Spice Isles lie; least of all the inhabitants of those

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It's 1518 and the Catholic Church is under attack from a man named Martin Luther while the Spanish Empire extends its bloodthirsty rule across the world against the wishes of arch-rival, Portugal. The Line of Demarcation divides the world between Portugal and Spain but no one knows on which side the fabulous Spice Isles lie; least of all the inhabitants of those islands. Only one man has the knowledge, experience, talent and determination to settle the question: Ferdinand Magellan, hated both in Spain and his native Portugal. Antonio Pigafetta, former ambassador of the Holy See to the royal court of imperial Spain, casts his lot with a captain set up to fail. Himself beset by religious conflict, Pigafetta has no idea what he is letting himself in for. Mutiny, murder, shipwreck, and wars of religion are only part of it but Pigafetta retains his humanity and loyally serves the Captain General to the end.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940045191043
Publisher:
John Regan
Publication date:
07/27/2013
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
939 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

I have been a sailor all my life, including service in the Royal Australian Navy, which gave me background for my novel Whisky Tango Foxtrot, and am still cruising in my yacht, Jabiru. After leaving the Navy, a budding career as an economist lasted only two semesters at Sydney University when I realised the Dismal Science was mostly black magic, an opinion vindicated by the Global Financial Crisis several years later. Reverting to my true vocation, I sailed in tankers, tugs, container ships, survey ships, semi-submersible oil rigs but the most challenging and satisfying job was skipper of a sail training ship. Herding cats is a snack compared to controlling a bunch of teenagers full of their oats aboard a sailing ship. But it was rewarding. Character development is the aim of the sail training program. We get them seasick, teach them how to pull on ropes, tie useless knots and sing sea shanties, wake them up in the middle of the night to go on watch and give them a certificate at the end saying what great kids they are. Most of them believe it, and in most cases it’s true. I found time to do some writing; won a scholarship in creative writing at Stanford University, published a novel, Little Joe, subtitled ‘A Lusty Yarn of the Sea,’ which was a bit of a stretch on the publisher’s part. I swear there was no erotica in it. Wrote numerous articles and stories, mostly with a nautical theme and produced The Seaman’s Handbook, a textbook for marine students. But I guess I always had my eye on Ferdinand Magellan, the greatest sailor in history and too little known in the Anglophone world. Columbus steals his thunder without good reason. I claim to be the first person to write about Magellan who sailed around the world in his track, and the first master mariner. He is more than a figure of history. He has a human face. His iron will overcame every obstacle in his way except one: the fatal flaw in his own character that brought about his downfall. A Singular Captain indeed.

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