The new novel in arguably the best historical series since Sharpe.
The pirate Olivier Levasseur, 'the Buzzard', has captured the greatest ship ever to sail the high seas, and with it one of the most valuable treasures of the age.
The Virgin of the Cape is a Portuguese ship carrying a solid gold cross seven feet long - the spectacular Fiery Cross of Goa. Levasseur is hiding somewhere in the Indian Ocean, but Patrick Devlin is on his tail. However, Devlin's former master, and bitter enemy, John Coxon, has been sent to kill him...
Cross of Fire sees Devlin traverse Guinea, the slave coasts of Africa and the pirate islands of the Seychelles, with the Royal Navy blocking his path, his old pirate enemies hunting him and his murderous former master hot on his heels.
The Pirate Devlin is top quality historical fiction. Mark Keating knows his period inside-out and his stylish prose and devilish plot fold it into a gripping read. This is the start of something big. - Harry Sidebottom, author of Warrior of Rome
A superbly imagined, vividly written debut. Devlin is set to become the Sharpe of the high seas. - Saul David, author of Zulu Hart
Keating's latest novel continues his insight into the pirate life with technical seafaring detail, bloody sea battles, treasure hunts and exotic settings. High adventure does not get much better than this. - Sunday Canberra Times
Devlin is an anti-hero to savour . . . fearless and flawed, ruthless and roguish but with all the endearing honour that traditionally flourishes among fictional thieves. - Lancashire Evening Post
A swashbuckling 18th Century adventure . . . sure to delight both fans of Sharpe and Hornblower. - Peterborough Evening Telegraph
Mark Keating was born in North London and spent most of his life working around the South East selling everything from comic books to champagne.
He now lives in Pembrokeshire with his wife and sons and is currently looking at the sea.
Visit Mark Keating's website at http://markkeatingsbooks.blogspot.co.uk/ and follow him on Twitter @piratedevlin