Friends turn against friends, patriots are betrayed, and lovers must pay the ultimate price . . .
The first gripping naval thriller in Seth Hunter's historical adventure series is sure to enthral fans of Julian Stockwin and Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin novels.
'Rousing . . . a complex plot, written with wit, suspense, intrigue, and action' Publishers Weekly
1793: The French have killed their king and are about to embark on the violent period of bloodletting known as the Terror.
Brig-sloop Commander Nathan Peake is on smuggler patrol off the Sussex coast and desperate for some real action. As revolutionary France declares war on England, he seizes his chance. Peake is given a vital mission; to destroy the French economy by smuggling millions of French banknotes across the Channel and into the heart of Paris. His operation leads him from perilous seas to the Empire of the Dead - a labyrinth of catacombs under the French capital where bodies are buried, secrets hidden and plots hatched.
But as opposition to the Terror mounts, Peake is forced to leave Paris and join the storm-tossed British squadrons in the Atlantic in the first thunderous battle between the rival navies.
What readers are saying about THE TIME OF TERROR:
'Flowing prose, matching action-packed adventures both on land and at sea'
'A must-read for fans of naval historical fiction. Well researched and plotted with characters who really come alive'
'Full of humour and history and lust. A gripping tale, masterfully written'
British writer Hunter's rousing American debut, the first of a trilogy, features Royal Navy officer Nathan Peake, a 23-year-old mariner whose misadventures had convinced him early on that "he was born to hang." In 1793, Nathan is plucked from the deck of his warship and sent to Paris on a secret mission, disguised as an American sea captain smuggling tobacco into France. He is unwittingly involved in a British plot to ruin the French economy by flooding France with counterfeit banknotes and to provide gold to bribe French revolutionaries. Unfortunately, the viciousness of the Paris mob, the duplicity of revolutionaries like Robespierre, and the specter of the guillotine threaten Nathan, his conspirators, and the condemned widow he loves. Our hero survives sea battles, assassin attacks, and torture, but his schemes often tragically fail. Hunter (a pseudonym) presents a complex plot, written with wit, suspense, intrigue, and action. Along with a flawed but likable character, he reveals the bloody history of the French Revolution, and establishes solid ground for the upcoming sequels, already published in the U.K.