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The Time of Terror

Book 1, The Nathan Peake Novels - A Novel

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Patrolling the south coast of England in 1793 for smugglers, Commander Nathan Peake finds himself unhappy with his commission and desperate for some action. After revolutionary Frenchmen kill their own king and declare war on England, he gets his opportunity. Peake is entrusted with a vital mission to wreck the French economy by smuggling millions of French banknotes across the English Channel and into the heart of Paris. As he reluctantly embarks on the task of undermining the Revolution, opposition to the terror mounts, and he is soon forced to leave Paris and find the British squadrons in the storm-tossed Atlantic. Perfect for fans of nautical fiction, this humorous and well-researched tale portrays an upper-class, highly educated officer who values both action and reflection.

From Publishers Weekly

Feb 15, 2010 – 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.

Customer Reviews

The Time of Terror

A great read on the order of A Tale of Two Cities. The characters are believable. The history is engrossing. The terror is palpable.

The Time of Terror

Loved it! Will read more by this author.

The Time of the Terror

Not an easy read. Had to look up a lot of words. But, so worth the challenge. I finished it in three days. I thought the characters were developed well without getting to bogged down. And no trite happy ending but tender and hopeful.

The Time of Terror
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Apr 01, 2010
  • Publisher: McBooks Press
  • Seller: Chicago Review Press, Inc. DBA Independent Publishers Group
  • Print Length: 352 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, The Nathan Peake Novels
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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