“One of those books that brings to life a piece of the past that’s little known… It has the feel of a classic.” – The Glasgow Herald
Slave to Fortune is an award-winning historical novel. Tom Cheke’s world is turned upside-down when he is kidnapped from his home by Barbary corsairs during an audacious night raid.
Sold into slavery in seventeenth-century Algiers, Tom carves out a promising, new life only to have it shattered once more. Another twist of fate throws him into the hands of a Scottish knight of the Order of St John and into a turbulent world of ciphers, spies and assassinations.
This is a remarkable account of how a young man comes of age, grasping life from the setbacks of fortune. It is a tale of friendship and reconciliation, of intrigue and deceit, in which trust is betrayed and deep-rooted beliefs and values are cast into doubt.
In Slave to Fortune, DJ Munro skilfully captures a bygone era of galleons and gunpowder as the plot twists from the alleyways of Algiers, through the splendour of Malta and the canals of Venice, to maritime Portsmouth and the rustic charms of the Isle of Wight.
With echoes of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic adventure novel Kidnapped and J. Meade Falkner’s Moonfleet, Slave to Fortune is an uplifting, intelligent book that will spark curiosity and keep readers enthralled.
Suitable for all ages from young adult upwards, Slave to Fortune was a No.1 bestseller on Kindle (UK) in 2017 for both Historical Thrillers and YA Historical Fiction.
The novel was a first place category winner for historical fiction at the Chanticleer International Book Awards (2017) and also won the Grand Prize for young adult fiction.
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About the Author
He has enjoyed a varied career to date, working with some of the biggest names in British and Scottish politics. His work has taken him across the Middle East and Africa, to China and Japan, Europe and the USA. He has worked on areas including crime and justice, housing, energy, tackling poverty and inequality, economic policy and international finance. He currently works on improving employment and skills in Scotland.
His novel writing has a traditional style, drawing influence from classic authors of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including Scottish authors such as Robert Louis Stevenson and Neil Munro. Into his writing he injects modern themes, ensuring relevance to readers today.
Years of late-night research and writing resulted in his debut novel - Slave to Fortune - first published in 2015. The novel was a first place category winner for historical fiction at the Chanticleer International Book Awards (2017) and also won the Grand Prize for young adult fiction. It has been a number one best-selling historical thriller on Amazon.co.uk.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Kidnapped
Chapter 2: Barbary Corsairs
Chapter 3: The Prize
Chapter 4: Algiers
Chapter 5: The Auction
Chapter 6: Servitude
Chapter 7: Learning
Chapter 8: Money
Chapter 9: Evidence
Chapter 10: Justice
Chapter 11: Escape
Chapter 12: Deliverance
Chapter 13: Edward
Chapter 14: The Cipher
Chapter 15: Malta
Chapter 16: Grand Master
Chapter 17: The Ransom
Chapter 18: Venice
Chapter 19: Homeward
Chapter 20: Portsmouth
Chapter 21: Chance Encounter
Chapter 22: The Island