Slave to Fortune

Slave to Fortune is an award-winning historical novel and a number one bestseller in its category on (in April, May and October 2017).

“It has the feel of a classic.” –Glasgow Herald

Tom Cheke’s world is turned upside-down when he is kidnapped from his home on the Isle of Wight by Barbary corsairs during an audacious night raid.

Sold into slavery in seventeenth-century Algiers, Tom carves out a new and promising life only to have it shattered once more when another twist of fate throws him into the hands of a Scottish knight of 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 young man 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.

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In Slave to Fortune, DJ Munro skilfully captures a bygone era of galleons and gunpowder as the plot twists from the alleyways of Algiers, through the splendour of Malta and the canals of Venice, to maritime Portsmouth and the rustic charms of the Isle of Wight.

With echoes of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped and J. Meade Falkner’s Moonfleet, Slave to Fortune is an uplifting, intelligent adventure. It will spark curiosity and keep readers enthralled.

Slave to Fortune won the Grand Prize for Young Adult fiction at the Chanticleer International Book Awards (2017) and was also a first place category winner for historical fiction.

The novel is about 360 pages long in the paperback version and is also available as an ebook. ISBN: 978-1512022117

It was also published as an audiobook by Tantor Media, narrated by the very talented Matthew Lloyd Davies, available at Audible and on other websites.

Slave to Fortune




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