Traditional Boats and Tall Ships

Reviewed in Traditional Boats and Tall Ships, September 2008.
Napoleon’s Gambit: Sailing through history to commit the prefect crime
by Eric Goldman
Back to the Future meets Hornblower in this entertainingly engaging debut novel from Canadian sailor Eric Goldman. It’s 2009 and Joshua Rick, an accomplished sailor is recruited by the Royal Navy to carry out a secret mission – steal $5 billion in gold coins from under Napoleon’s nose in 1813. Confused? Don’t be. Without giving away too much of this cracking plot line, Rick
finds himself on board HMS Impérieuse in alliance with Captain Lord Thomas Cochrane as both men fight to save both the past and the present. There are plenty of twists and turns throughout
the novel that keep the reader guessing right up until the last page.

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