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Mel Keegan is back at sea in the days of tall ships and high adventure ...

It is an age when sail and steam are technologies in collision, and the thousand-year tradition of the tall ships is coming to an end. Men like Bill Ryan and Jim Hale are caught in the jaws of change, in a world where survival depends on raw courage, strength and a willingness to take terrible risks

1862, on the east coast of England: the railway is the death knell of the coastal shipping trade, and many small lines like Eastcoast Packet won’t survive. Jim Hale is about to inherit Eastcoast and the schooner Spindrift ... if he and Captain Bill Ryan can first survive the explosive violence of the North Sea storms, and the vicious schemes of the shipwrecker, Nathan Kerr. Always a dangerous man, Kerr has a score to settle with Jim – and with Ryan, who has allied himself to Eastcoast. For men who have the courage to be lovers in this time, and this place, the struggle is dire, the rewards astonishing.

Meticulously researched, fabulously detailed, THE DECEIVERS will be treasured by any reader who loved FORTUNES OF WAR.

Mel Keegan's action-packed adventures already span the 20th Century to the 23rd. His contemporary thriller, ICE, WIND AND FIRE, was described as 'rip-roaring and colourful,' and his science fiction stories DEATH'S HEAD and EQUINOX as 'unputdownable'. Turning his gaze to the 1500s, Mel Keegan conjures up once again a world where men both fight and love.


Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the Deceivers. The level of detail for the period & for the sailing / boats made it very real. A fast plot helped to immerse you in the story. So basically another very enjoyable read from Mel Keegan. I also liked the way it is left open for a sequel - any plans?


Just finished it. Great read. Held my interest all the way through. Wonderful visuals and great descriptions of life on the ocean. Made me want to get back on the water again. Liked the characters. So, when's the one where they're sailing Spindrift across the Atlantic? [It's always in the back of MK's mind, but the must-do list is loooong ahead of it. Patience is a virtue! -ED]