Title: Peril on the Sea
Author: Michael Cadnum
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Concepts: wealth, poverty, trade, incentives
Review: Captain Brandon Fletcher, renegade merchant and privateer, had no plans to join other English sea captains in defending England and the Queen from the Spanish Armada rumored to be off the English coast. But that summer of 1588, a series of unusual circumstances led him and his crew to just such a fate, despite his best intentions to avoid the conflict. Not only did his crew fish a drowning man out of the sea who would go on to pen the captain's memoir, they were also joined by a beautiful noblewoman who commissioned the privateer to intercept another ship that carried her family's fortune.
The combination of these strong-willed characters with a set of wartime circumstances beyond their control sets the stage for a harrowing adventure complete with love, greed, treachery, fortune, and death. This riveting book also offers the reader a nice opportunity to experience some of the historical events associated with the 1588 Spanish Armada as well as the economic motives behind the piracy and merchant trade of the times.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children