What a great read ! Peter involves the reader from the get-go, to the point where everything else "goes by the board". I hated putting it down when it was a case of "needs must" but it was always a thrill to get back to it. Beautifully researched (as are all his books) with his trademark attribute being a consummate storyteller. I particularly loved his theories at the conclusion of the book - really "food for thought" moments. Keep them coming, Peter. "Batavia" is a masterpiece and it has a twin in this "Bounty" epic.