To Die a Dry Death: The True Story of the Batavia Shipwreck Greta van der Rol

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To Die a Dry Death: The True Story of the Batavia Shipwreck  by  Greta van der Rol

To Die a Dry Death: The True Story of the Batavia Shipwreck by Greta van der Rol
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I was pulled down into the story as inexorably as the Batavia herself was drawn down into the sea, and as the castaways of the shipwreck were drawn helplessly under the control of a frightening despot who emerged amongst them ... Brilliant writingMoreI was pulled down into the story as inexorably as the Batavia herself was drawn down into the sea, and as the castaways of the shipwreck were drawn helplessly under the control of a frightening despot who emerged amongst them ...

Brilliant writing and characterization.- Kimberly Menozzi, Fourth Person Obscured****280 survivors. One tyrant. The true story of the Batavia shipwreck.This novel tells the chilling, true story of the shipwreck of the Dutch merchantman Batavia. The barbaric events that unfolded could so easily have been the template for William Goldings Lord of the Flies.In June 1629, the Batavia, laden with treasure and the riches of Europe, smashed into an uncharted reef thirty miles off the coast of Terra Incognita Australis—the unknown Great South Land.

200 survivors—women and children, sailors, soldiers and merchants—scrambled ashore on a small group of uninhabited, hostile islands, with little food or fresh water.Desperately seeking help, the ship’s officers set out in an open boat to make a two-thousand-mile journey to the nearest port. While they were gone, from the struggle for survival on the islands there emerged a tyrant whose brutal lust for power was even deadlier than the reef that wrecked the Batavia.Utterly brilliant in every way.

It’s hard to believe any book could come closer to conveying the essence of this astonishing series of events. If ever there was a five star read, this is it.- Bill Kirton, Booksquawk.com****I planned to read this novel over the course of a week. Instead, I found myself staying up (far too) late and finished it in two nights.

I found it nearly impossible to put down ... I definitely enjoyed this novel more than most. The pacing is fast, the characters believable, and I would almost certainly read it again. Highly recommended.- Spann of Time****Gretas imaginative portrayal of Cornelisz is brilliant.

She shows how the desire to survive turns him into a monster and yet allows him moments of strange tenderness when in love ... this is indeed a compelling tale and Greta has been fascinated by the story for twenty five years. Her writing skills are impeccable. One is drawn immediately into the scenario and carried on by the sheer power of her depiction, the characters she builds and the settings she creates. But it is an unrelentingly dark tale, so be warned.- Loretta Proctor, Books and Other Things****The most intriguing aspect of this story is how the author skillfully unravels one man’s motives for gaining power through use of fear and examines to what lengths a person will go to preserve his own life.

With such complex and deeply motivated characters, conflict abounds, creating a fast-paced and thrilling read ... Peppered throughout are exquisite details: of vivid seascapes, clothing, work implements, and nautical terminology. Readers who love to be immersed in a historical period will appreciate the precise research that has gone into this work- while those who enjoy an action-oriented and plot-driven story will be riveted.- Historical Novel Review



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