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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (210 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter FitzSimons Narrator: Richard Aspel Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The story begins in 1629, when the pride of the Dutch East India Company, the Batavia, is on its maiden voyage en route from Amsterdam to the Dutch East Indies, laden down with the greatest treasure to leave Holland. The magnificent ship is already boiling over with a mutinous plot that is just about to break into the open when, just off the coast of Western Australia, it strikes an unseen reef in the middle of the night. While Commandeur Francisco Pelsaert decides to take the longboat across 2,000 miles of open sea for help, his second-in-command Jeronimus Cornelisz takes over, quickly deciding that 250 people on a small island is unwieldy for the small number of supplies they have.

Quietly, he puts forward a plan to 40 odd mutineers how they could save themselves, kill most of the rest, and spare only a half-dozen or so women, including his personal fancy, Lucretia Jansz - one of the noted beauties of Holland - to service their sexual needs. A reign of terror begins, countered only by a previously anonymous soldier, Wiebbe Hayes, who begins to gather to him those are prepared to do what it takes to survive....

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lisal | 2/11/2014

    " It's a fantastic story. The style of the book is more tabloid than historical novel, but the author is forthright about the liberties taken in telling the tale, so it's up to the reader whether to proceed. Having done so, it's an entertaining read. The 'blokey' style sometimes crossed the line and made me cringe a little, but it's a great book for a long plane trip. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Peter | 2/3/2014

    " Well written story or a scary piece of history "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lia | 1/30/2014

    " Being Dutch, living in Surabaya and counting Australians among my new friends, who incidentally have started me on an exploration of Australian authors, I was absolutely enthralled by this book. What an amazing reconstruction of a bonechilling story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Shelley | 1/25/2014

    " This is one of the best books I've ever read. Gripping! I couldn't put it down. This will surely be made into a major motion picture and it will be an epic blockbuster on the order of Braveheart and the Titanic. "

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