The Sheriff's Catch
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The Sheriff's Catch

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1588. Abel de Santiago has deserted the army and all but avenged his murdered wife, when he is captured and sold as a galley slave. As the Spanish Armada sails for England, there can be few souls on board more reluctant than him.

After a crushing defeat to the enemy fleet, the Spanish ships are battered by extraordinary storms and Santiago finds himself washed ashore in Ireland, a country terrorised by English troops that the natives call Sassenachs.

But Santiago's faint hopes of survival appear dashed when he is captured by a brutal Sheriff, who has orders from Dublin to torture and kill all Spanish castaways.

An unlikely escape has Santiago flee with a jewelled ring worth a king's ransom. His flight leads to a desperate chase across a strange and stunning land, where danger lurks at every turn.

So begins The Sheriff's Catch; Part One of The Sassana Stone Pentalogy
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 32mm | 356g
  • Unbound Digital
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1912618567
  • 9781912618569
  • 249,004

About James Vella-Bardon

James Vella-Bardon was born and raised in Malta, an island nation steeped in the millennia of history. As a boy he often caught a rickety old bus to the capital, Valletta, where he would hover around the English bookshops to check out the latest titles in fiction.

Growing up he was an avid reader and a relentless daydreamer, with his standout subject at school being English composition. He also won a couple of national essay competitions. Although he spent seven years studying and obtaining a doctor of law degree, this did not cure him of his urge to write stories. So after emigrating to Sydney in 2007 he resolved to have a proper stab at writing his first novel.

The result of this decision is an epic, sprawling five-part historical fiction series called The Sassana Stone Pentalogy. It is the product of nine years of intense rewriting and research, and tells the story of a Spanish Armada survivor who is shipwrecked in Ireland.

www.jamesvellabardon.com
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