“Period dialect and seagoing argot aplenty add credibility to the adventure, and the unworldly Kydd is an apt lens for the reader’s journey” – Publisher’s Weekly
Life in the crack frigate HMS Artemis is fast and exciting. It is also a world away from the harsh experiences of a man pressed aboard the old ship-o’-the-line Duke William that was Thomas Kydd’s introduction to the sea. Now a true Jack Tar, Kydd sails into Portsmouth Harbour and a hero’s welcome after a ferocious battle against the French.
However his jubilation is cut short and he must return to Guildford, but the sea beckons irresistibly and Kydd manages to ship out again in his beloved Artemis. Finally homeward bound, he faces death itself in the cruel waters of the Great Southern Ocean.