|About the Book|
Slave to Fortune is an enthralling historical adventure novel. Fourteen year-old Tom Cheke is kidnapped from his home on the Isle of Wight in an audacious night raid by Barbary corsairs. Sold into slavery in seventeenth century Algiers, Tom carvesMoreSlave to Fortune is an enthralling historical adventure novel. Fourteen year-old Tom Cheke is kidnapped from his home on the Isle of Wight in an audacious night raid by Barbary corsairs. Sold into slavery in seventeenth century Algiers, Tom carves out a new and promising life, only to have it turned upside down when another twist of fate throws him into the hands of a Scottish knight from the Order of St John and into a turbulent world of ciphers, spies and assassinations.Against a backdrop of religious intolerance and conflict, Tom’s memoir is a remarkable account of how a boy comes of age, grasping life from the setbacks of fortune. It is a tale of friendship and reconciliation, of intrigue and deceit, in which trust is betrayed and deep-rooted beliefs and values are cast into doubt.With echoes of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped and J. Meade Falkner’s Moonfleet, Slave to Fortune will appeal to readers of all ages from teens upwards who love gripping historical fiction. DJ Munro skilfully recreates a bygone era of galleons and gunpowder, in which pirates, smugglers and secret agents cross swords with crusading knights in an uplifting and intelligent adventure that will spark curiosity and keep pages turning.About the author: DJ Munro grew up as one of eight children on the Isle of Wight – places on ‘the Island’ feature strongly in Slave to Fortune. He headed to Scotland to study English literature at university and holds degrees in economics. He now lives in Edinburgh with his wife and three children and is a senior official in the Scottish Government. He has enjoyed a varied career, working with some of the biggest names in British and Scottish politics. His work has taken him across the Middle East and Africa, to China and Japan, Paris and New York, and he has worked on issues such as crime and justice, poverty and inequality, housing, oil and globalisation. Years of late-night research and writing have resulted in this fascinating debut novel.