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494 pages, Paperback
First published October 1, 2020
The Written Review
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Samuel Pipps and Arent Hayes are the dynamic duo responsible for stopping the most notorious crimes across the world.
“Some songs weren’t mere songs. They were memories curled tight and set alight.”
“Questions are swords and answers are shields...”Whew!
The rich mistakenly believed their wealth was a servant, delivering them whatever they wanted.The pacing bogs down at times with all the details and complexities, but Turton’s skillful writing pulls the reader into this tale. He gives clever nods to Sherlock Holmes and Watson, Treasure Island, and many other tropes of various genres, while breathing fresh life into them. With all the horror, greed, vengefulness and general darkness that haunts the ship and the people aboard it, they — and we — can still find reasons to hope for something better. It’s a marvelous story.
They were wrong.
Wealth was their master, and it was the only voice they heeded. Friendships were sacrificed at its behest, principles trampled to protect it. No matter how much they had, it was never enough. They went mad chasing more until they sat lonely atop their hoard, despised and afraid.
"Arent Hayes was a zealot. His religion was Samuel Pipps."
“‘Somebody’s trying to sink this boat, and I swim like a bag of rocks. Any chance you can pull your head out of your arse and do something about it?’
Sammy grinned at him. ‘You could lead an army over a cliff with that tongue,’”
“Courage isn’t an absence of fear, it’s the light we find when fear is all there is.”
“That's the problem with summoning demons, you see. Sooner or later somebody else raises them against you.”