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Corsair : The Adventures of Hector Lynch - Tim Severin


The Adventures of Hector Lynch


Published: 4th January 2008
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In 1677, on a late summer's evening two ships lurk off the coast of southwest Ireland. They are Barbary corsairs from North Africa, slave catchers. As soon as it is dark, their landing parties row ashore to raid a small fishing village - on the hunt for fresh prey ...

In the village, seventeen-year-old Hector Lynch wakes to the sound of a pistol shot. Moments later he and his sister Elizabeth are taken prisoner. From then on Hector's life plunges into a turbulent and lawless world that is full of surprises. Separated from Elizabeth, he is sold to the slave market of Algiers, where he survives with the help of his newfound friend Dan, a Miskito Indian from the Caribbean. The two men convert to Islam to escape the horrors of the slave pens, only to become victims of the deadly warfare of the Mediterranean.

Serving aboard a Turkish corsair ship, their vessel is sunk at sea and they find themselves condemned to the oar as galley slaves for France. Driven by his quest to find his sister, Hector finally stumbles on the chilling truth of her fate when he and Dan are shipwrecked on the coast of Morocco...

About the Author

Tim Severin, explorer, traveller, author, film-maker and lecturer has made many expeditions, most recently in search of Moby Dick and Robinson Crusoe, and has written books about all of them. He made his historical fiction debut with the hugely successful Viking series. Corsair is his first Hector Lynch novel.


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A bit average


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    Comments about Corsair:

    I have read the author's previous trilogy about Vikings and enjoyed it but found this book lacking substance and passion- a bit like reading a Readers Digest version

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    Tim Severin

    Tim Severin, explorer/traveller, author, film-maker and lecturer, made his first expedition by motor cycle along the route of Marco Polo while still a student at Oxford. This was the start of his career as an explorer and writer. Severin has recreated a number of legendary voyages and journeys in order to determine how much of the legends are based on factual experience.

    Visit Tim Severin's Booktopia Author Page

    ISBN: 9780330443135
    ISBN-10: 0330443135
    Series: Pirate
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 361
    Published: 4th January 2008
    Publisher: Pan Macmillan
    Country of Publication: AU
    Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0  x 2.4
    Weight (kg): 0.253
    Edition Number: 1