Surviving the shipwreck was the easy part
1629. Shipwrecked on an uncharted reef thirty miles off the coast of Australia, two hundred men, women and children scramble ashore on tiny, hostile islands. There is no fresh water and the only food is what they can salvage from the wreck, or harvest from the sea.
The ship’s officers set out in an open boat on a two-thousand-mile journey across uncharted ocean to seek help. But there's not enough food and water for everyone on the islands to last until a rescue ship arrives. One man will stop at nothing to ensure that he is among the survivors.
But adversity throws up heroes. Soon there's war between two groups, both determined to be there to greet that rescue ship when it arrives. If it arrives.
The terrifying true story of the Batavia shipwreck. Contains graphic violence.
|Publisher:||Greta van der Rol|
|File size:||784 KB|
About the Author
Greta van der Rol loves writing action-packed adventures with a side salad of romance. Most of her work is space opera, but she has written paranormal and historical fiction.
She lives not far from the coast in Queensland, Australia and enjoys photography and cooking when she isn't bent over the computer. She has a degree in history and a background in building information systems, both of which go a long way toward helping her in her writing endeavours.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
To Die a Dry Death is a novel about the shipwreck of the Batavia, a ship owned by the Dutch East India Company. Laden with riches and treasure, the ship struck ground near the coast of western Australia in the year 1629. Like the Titanic, it was her maiden voyage. The men, women, and children who managed to flee the sinking ship found refuge on deserted small islands with only a few barrels of food and water to sustain them. Food and water were scarce or non-existent on the islands upon which they landed. The ship's captain, an official with the Dutch East India Company, and a handful of crewmembers set sail in a longboat headed for Batavia (Jakarta) searching of help and supplies. They promised to return to rescue the survivors and retrieve the valuables. What happened after they departed can only be described as a nightmare. Thirst, starvation, and a primitive existence brought out the worst in some of the survivors. In their struggle to survive, prejudices and greed surfaced. Sailor vs soldier, men vs women, German vs Dutch vs French. A tyrant came to rule and he secretly ordered the weak to be killed, one by one. This is not a story for the weak kneed. It is a tale of survival, of brutality, and finally vindication. Intense research into the shipwreck leads to a factual tale that reads like a suspense novel. Although there are numerous characters, the story is easy to follow, shocking as well as poignant at times as the horrific crimes are described. There is a great surprise at the end as well. Long after closing the book, the story will continue to haunt. For those who love to read factual based fiction, and who love to be gripped and shocked, this book is definitely for you.