Book 10 in the Courtney Series

It is the dawn of the Eighteenth Century. At the farthest edges of the known world, the mighty East India Trading Company suffers catastrophic losses from pirates on the high seas. After four years away from service, master mariner Sir Hal Courtney prepares for his latest and most dangerous voyage – a death or glory mission in the name of Empire and the crown.

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The sun went down behind the storm clouds, and stained them with its blood, then the rain fell upon the ship in torrents. Solid sheets of water hammered the wooden decks so hard that the din drowned the men's voices and blotted out their vision.

They leave as brothers. They must return as men.

Famed sailor Hal Courtney is now a man of land and family. But when the King orders him to sail to Madagascar and stop the pirates responsible for looting the finest trading ships of the East India Trading Company and bringing ruin to them all, Hal must travel with his three younger sons on a journey that will shape the young men forever.

In this swashbuckling adventure of marauders and slave-traders, love and treasure, the brothers will face duels, chases, betrayals and battles – and see their fates cast in ways they could never have imagined. . .

A Courtney Series adventure – Book Two in the Birds of Prey trilogy.


Let yourself be blown away by the hurricane of storytelling that is Monsoon ... a fantastic reading experience.
The Sunday Times
Tremendously enjoyable ... meticulously researched, with narrative drive as relentless as the green Atlantic rollers ... one hell of a read.
The Daily Mail
His writing is crisp and decisive and his plots keep the reader hooked.
The Belfast Telegraph
The writing is never less than vivid, the plot is neatly crafted.
The Mail on Sunday
Brightly colored, sweeping escapism.
Kirkus Reviews
A rich, compelling look back in time [to] when history and myth intermingled.
San Francisco Chronicle
A grand tale of intrigue, deception, true love and exile.
Denver Post
An epic... Smith joins the ranks of the grand masters of twentieth-century novels.
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05/01/2018 9781499860924 Paperback $16
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The 'Courtney' novels trace the fortunes, and misfortunes, of this sprawling, ambitious family, from the dawn of the eighteenth century to the late twentieth century.