This book is fantastic, but definitely a staff read, as the violence, brutality, and general vileness of one of the main characters, would put most young people off. However, the story is action packed, the setting is interestingly unusual, a whaling boat in the Arctic Circle, and the ending is totally unpredictable.
The main character is a disgraced surgeon who has limited options for employment so embarks on this ill-fated voyage, which culminates in a desperate fight for survival in the Arctic wilderness. Sumner the surgeon becomes the nemesis of Henry Drax, a harpooner on the Volunteer, who is the embodiment of pure evil.
This is an utterly convincing historical page turner and I encourage you to read on beyond the horrors of the first chapter. It’s brilliant!
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