Explosive foray into the early, heady days of Singapore!
Singapore 1823. The East India Company is in full pursuit of wealth and glory expanding the dominance of the United Kingdom around the world. Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles saw the potential in a tiny settlement on the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula and knew it would be ideal for a free port. It would soon become one of the busiest and most lucrative ports in the East India Company’s portfolio, attracting merchants and pirates to its wharves.
Nathaniel Hawk arrives just before Christmas in order to spend the holidays with his father, Captain Sebastian Hawk, a famous East India Company Captain. When word reaches Singapore Captain Sebastian Hawk has finally been bested in a battle at sea with a ghost ship, none is more shocked than his son. Nathaniel will look for answers in the newly built colonial houses of the rich merchants as well as the opium dens of the slums searching for answers to his father’s disappearance. Only a return to sea will lead to the truth, but does he have the skill to seek out the ghost ship and learn its secrets?
Trained to captain his own ship, Nathaniel turned away from a life at sea in order to chase a life of gambling and adventure on land. He arrives in the East India Company’s latest free port intent on continuing his hedonistic pursuits.
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Nathaniel Hawk keeps his promise to Cornelius Thistlewaite after the events of the recent Singapore trading season. Nathaniel reluctantly gives up his life of vice for a position at Thistlewaite’s trading house. He soon finds the business of trade in the British Empire is every bit as cut throat as fighting pirates on the high seas. As he starts his new life, a terrible secret from his past threatens to destroy everything he has built and will force him to choose between old allies’ and new.
Charlotte Carstairs tries desperately to settle into her new life as Nathaniel Hawk’s fiancé. She is not proud of the decisions she made in order to save her family from penury and must deal with their repercussions for her future. Every bit as determined as her formidable future husband to make her own place in the world, she must navigate the space between ruthless trader and traitor as the payment for past debts threaten her future.
Together Nathaniel Hawk and Charlotte Carstairs will navigate the dark underworld of black market traders in colonial Singapore. They will challenge the East India Company’s monopoly on trade with China and lead the drive for individual enterprise. With enemies on all sides, Nathaniel and Charlotte’s immense ambitions will either drive them apart or bind them together.
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The Hunt for Hawk
The tense finale of the Hawk’s Legacy Series
Nathaniel Hawk has spent the last ten years of his life bent on avenging himself on his half brother and the Brotherhood for the life they stole from him. With vengeance guiding him, Nathaniel has become one of the most powerful shipping magnates of his time. Exploiting the vast power and influence gained from trading in the Colonies’, Nathaniel is now on the verge of destroying the Brotherhood forever. Unfortunately for Nathaniel, the Brotherhood have entrenched themselves in the last place on earth he wishes ever to see again.
The East India Company has plans of its own for Nathaniel, as the Company struggles to maintain its dominance in the world. An old ally will make him an offer he has little choice but to accept. Knowing there are less than a handful of people he can trust, Nathaniel sets out to end the Brotherhood once and for all. He is prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice to see his life’s ambition realised, but will Nathaniel be able to pay the real price of victory?
Singapore was the scene of both the beginning and the end of Nathaniel Hawk’s dream of having a family and a normal life. It is only appropriate that the final battle between brothers should take place in Singapore, among the ghosts of the past.
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