Friday, October 16, 2015

The Assiduous Quest of Tobias Hopkins by James Faro

 If you like the history of the late 1600's, explorations into strange new lands, ships, pirates, scallywags and wanton women, this book is for you!

"It is October in the year 1675. New England trader, Tobias Hopkins, arrives in Jamaica to discover the truth about his missing father. It transpires that, not only has the man been dead for six years, but he has left Toby with a half-brother and the clue to an inheritance which promises to change the course of their lives.
Will the cryptic message written by his father lead Toby to a promised fortune, or will it lead him into the hands of those who aim to destroy him? Others lay in wait, watching Toby's every move. Who can he trust? His faithful associate, John, the astute businesswoman Elizabeth, or Magdalena, mother of his half-brother Eduardo? Some of those around him are not what they seem to be, and it soon becomes clear that Toby and those closest to him are in imminent danger.
Toby sails to the Island of Nevis where he is rewarded with the fruits of his quest. However, it is when he sets sail for Virginia that Tobias Hopkins and his crew face the consequences of his actions. "

James Faro offered this book on his blog, with a new chapter each week. I like historical fiction and combine it with a mystery, and I want to read it. 

The history shared in the book is very interesting. It shows how people would have acquired ships and crew to travel to new worlds, the obstacles and dangers they faced. Life in Jamaica and America at that time was very interesting to read about. You will be rooting for Toby as he tries to search for his father and encounters many obstacles and quite an assortment of "characters", some interested in helping and some not so much.

I believe you can read a chapter a week on James Faro's website, but I would recommend going ahead and getting the full book on Amazon. For me, reading one chapter a week was difficult. I would forget some things, or loose the momentum. If you have an interest in sailing, 17th century and exploration, I think you will like it.

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