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Author: Mike Dash Narrator: Guy Bethell Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2016 ISBN: 9781515983194
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It was the autumn of 1628, and the Batavia, the Dutch East India Company’s flagship, was loaded with a king’s ransom in gold, silver, and gems for her maiden voyage to Java. The Batavia was the pride of the Company’s fleet, a tangible symbol of the world’s richest and most powerful commercial monopoly. She set sail with great fanfare, but the Batavia and her gold would never reach Java, for the Company had also sent along a new employee, Jeronimus Corneliszoon, a bankrupt and disgraced man who possessed disarming charisma and dangerously heretical ideas. With the help of a few disgruntled sailors, Jeronimus soon sparked a mutiny that seemed certain to succeed—but for one unplanned event: In the dark morning hours of June 3, the Batavia smashed through a coral reef and ran aground on a small chain of islands near Australia. The commander of the ship and the skipper evaded the mutineers by escaping in a tiny lifeboat and setting a course for Java to summon help. Nearly all of the passengers survived the wreck and found themselves trapped on a bleak coral island without water, food, or shelter. Leaderless, unarmed, and unaware of Jeronimus’s treachery, they were at the mercy of the mutineers.

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  • In a narrative reminiscent of Lord of the Flies, Dash describes the creeping sadism that sprang from Holland's religious conflicts . . . Dash has taken [the Batavia incident] to a new level of grotesque accuracy Publishers Weekly

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About the Author

Mike Dash is a historian with an MA from Cambridge University and a PhD from the University of London. A former professional journalist with articles in numerous national newspapers and magazines, Dash is the author of many books, including Satan’s Circus, Thug, Batavia’s Graveyard, and Tulipomania. He lives in London with his wife and daughter.

About the Narrator

A relative newcomer to voice acting, Guy Bethell decided-after an extended period in the corporate world-that it was time to start listening to his inner ham. An Englishman abroad, Guy lives in Phoenix, Arizona. He now retreats from the heat to his home studio, where he records a mix of fiction and nonfiction titles.