By Michael Crichton
Jamaica in 1665 is a coarse outpost of the English crown, a minor colony retaining out opposed to the giant supremacy of the Spanish empire. Port Royal, Jamaica′s capital, a cut-throat city of taverns, grog outlets, and bawdy homes, is without London′s luxuries; lifestyles the following can finish speedily with dysentery or a dagger on your again. yet for Captain Edward Hunter it's a lifestyles that could additionally result in riches, if he abides through the island′s code. within the identify of His Majesty King Charles II of britain, gold in Spanish palms is gold for the taking. And legislations within the New global is made through those that take it into their hands.
notice in port is that the Spanish treasure galleon El Trinidad, clean from New Spain, is stalled in close by Matanceros harbor watching for maintenance. seriously fortified, the impregnable Spanish outpost is guarded by way of the blood-swiller Cazalla, a favourite commander of King Philip IV himself. With the governor′s backing, Hunter assembles a roughneck team to infiltrate the enemy island and commandeer the galleon, besides its fortune in Spanish gold. The raid is as perilous because the bloody legends of Matanceros recommend, and Hunter will lose multiple guy earlier than he reveals himself at the island′s shorelines, the place dense jungle and the firepower of Spanish infantry are all that stand among him and the treasure.
With the aid of his crafty workforce, Hunter hijacks El Trinidad and escapes the lethal clutches of Cazalla, leaving lots of carnage in his wake. yet his issues have simply began. . . .
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