August, 1806: when you have just offended the most powerful men in England, you can stand firm or you can run. Which is why Martin Jerrold finds himself sailing away as fast as the wind will carry him, entrusted with a secret mission to deliver a letter of great importance.
There are rumours of a conspiracy in America and Jerrold’s mission will lead him across the American wilderness and deep into the heart of a plot aimed at the centre of government. As he blends into the ranks of conspirators, Jerrold slowly realizes that his very presence could be the spark that ignites a disastrous war between England and America. To add to his problems, Jerrold finds himself shadowed by the enigmatic secret agent 13 and the sinister Mr Vidal, who dog his every step.
To save himself, Jerrold must attempt to prevent the conspiracy. The stakes are high and the very future of the Empire rests in his not-so-capable hands. One wrong move and the consequences would be catastrophic, even by Jerrold’s own lamentable standards.
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About the Author
Edwin Thomas was runner-up in the 2001 Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award for new fiction. The first two installments of the adventures of Martin Jerrold, The Blighted Cliffs and The Chains of Albion, are available in Bantam paperback. He also writes under the name Tom Harper.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Finishing the last installment of Thomas' trilogy for the Misadventures of Martin Jerrold saddened me. I thought that all three were very good entertaining reads and actually found some aspects of this last volume better than the first two. I liked that this story was a bit more serious than the others and the unexpected diversion of the journey to America where this story mainly takes place was welcomed. Learning about that time period in America and of Aaron Burr was very helpful and interesting. I like too that there were not so many MISadventures for Martin as we saw earlier in the first two books where he was constantly being accused of this and thrown in jail for that and his every footstep bringing him peril. There was more history here and not so much a murder mystery to be solved. The one aspect that I didnt like was the author's choice to leave out Martin's lover Isobel. I thought that a big mistake but something tells me he might have intended to bring her back in future volumes before he was told by the publisher that they were unfortunately cancelling the series. Too bad, I thing more stories would have been welcomed among the fans and I for one would have read more. You cant help but love Martin Jerrold. He's not the hero a lot of fans want him to be which makes his character all the more unique and fun to read. I loved this book and really am upset that no more are to come. I will miss our Martin, he was very endearing and his escapades offered many hours of enjoyable reading entertainment.
Martin is not our typical hero. Misadventure and calamity abound and Jerrold comes out on top. Well worth the read. There should be more in this series. At the end of this book we find that Martin is someone whom respect should adhere to, and he is ever maturing as a naval officer.
I love Martin Jerrold. He has all sorts of outrageous adventures, but is a normal guy, no super-hero. He, quite sensibly, doesn't want to risk his life. He'd rather have a good drink and a woman than fight battles. Sometimes the odd people in books who seem to have no fear and be willing to face death at the drop of a hat can pall. Who is really like that, after all???This time out things are a bit more serious even though the task seems simple enough... Jerrold is to carry a letter-packet to the New World. After his last adventures, he's managed to annoy a number of powerful politicians and Royals and military folk, so getting out of the country for a spell is a good idea. Mr. Nevell of the Post Office has had the original messenger waylaid and the letter taken. They cannot open the letter since it's cleverly sealed, but Nevell says there's a possible conspiracy in the works and Jerrold just needs to deliver the letter and see if he can foil the plot.Jerrold find himself in sea battles against a Spanish ships, dealing with a beautiful but deadly young lady and her rich and powerful father, having agents out to steal the letter--or kill him-- along the way to Pittsburgh, and involved in a conspiracy that leads him into the wilderness and down the Mississippi, led by the charismatic Aaron Burr...This time out, Jerrold seems a bit more resigned to the adventures that keep him occupied, whether he wants them or not. He also seems to be growing a bit through the experience, also whether he wants to or not. Yet he's still very human, which is what I like about him.I sincerely hope the author manages to sell more books in this exciting and amusing series.