A shipwreck, massacre and adventure abounds in this 1600s tale

Prolific author John Lambert has released ENCOUNTER HALL a swashbuckling tale blended with history and fascinating settings.
By: Donna Munro
July 28, 2011 - PRLog -- The story opens with a modern day search for the log of the Constance Rose, a ship wrecked on the coast of Queensland in 1616. The log is found in the ruins of Encounter Hall, a seventeenth-century English mansion destroyed by German bombers in 1944.

The log reveals that, following the wreck of the Constance Rose, the master, Howard Weston, builds a smaller replacement ship from the timber of the wreck and sets out to sail the new vessel back to England.

The nearest British trading post is at Amboyna in the East Indies and there he becomes involved in the struggles between the British and the Dutch for control of the spice trade. The Dutch East India Company is better resourced and is endeavouring to force the British out of the Indies. The only way to redress the balance is to possess a ship that is stronger than the best of the Dutch fleet. To obtain such a ship Howard must return to England. He leaves his master’s mate, Jesse Knockson, to maintain a presence in the Indies.

In 1623, the Dutch execute ten British traders in what becomes known as the Amboyna Massacre. Jesse is not involved but his support for the Sultan of Ternate and his marriage to the Sultan’s daughter, increase the tensions with the Dutch. Howard returns with a new ship to tip the scales in Jesse's favour.

JOHN LAMBERTJohn Lambert was a teacher of history who began writing historical fiction when he retired. This is his fifth novel to be published.

His stories provide the opportunity to show how the past influences the present and how history illustrates the best, and the worst, of human behaviour. While the characters in the stories are mostly fictional, their actions are closely related to the historical context. History is about people; fiction and history combine to make believable and interesting studies of human achievement.

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ENCOUNTER HALL by John Lambert  ISBN: 978-1-921731-94-5  RRP $24.95  Fiction/Historical

If you would like to interview this fabulous author contact Donna (07) 55 755 141 or marketing@zeus-publications.com. Limited review copies are available on request only.

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