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Devil of a Fix

(The second book in the Matthew Loftus series)
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1702 in the lawless Caribbean Sea.

Young Matthew Loftus has high hopes for the future of his ship, the Cornelius.

Voted captain by his crew to keep the vessel legal by seeking profitable, honest trade,
Matthew is determinedly against allowing the Cornelius to be used for piracy and plunder.

However, his crew lusts after the spoils that their fast, well-armed ship can win, and when Matthew fails to obtain the promised gold for their goods, discontent begins to rumble.

But the threat of mutiny is the least of his worries...

Matthew is wanted by the English Navy for the false charges of piracy and murder; his Navigator, Adam Pyne, is likewise desired on the false charge of desertion.

With no wish to fall into the hands of the Admiralty without a chance to prove his innocence, Matthew takes his ship, renamed the Saskia, and her crew and begins a cat-and-mouse game with the English Navy across the Caribbean sea.

The English Navy is not the only force to be reckoned with as Matthew must also evade the French and escape the attention of ruthless privateers.

His only chance of pardon - the only way he will ever be able to stop running - rests with a secret almanac that promises that great prize: to solve the Longitude.

But is the almanac what it seems?

As Matthew chases the almanac through wild gales and fierce sea battles, uprisings and reversals of fortune, he never lets go of the belief that everything will be worth it once that almanac is in his hands...

Devil of a Fix is a seafaring saga with twists and turns that will keep you hooked until the very last page.

Praise for Marcus Palliser

'A superb story... will find favour with all those who revel in a Hornblower-type sea saga.' - Evening News

'A fine read... with twists, turns and action galore, Mr Palliser spins a fine, salty tale. A devil of a yarn, in fact.' - West Briton

Marcus Palliser gave up a career in corporate PR to work as a freelance business writer and sail. He recently spent three years living aboard a small yacht, sailing in the Mediterranean and crossing the Atlantic single-handed. He now lives in Truro, Cornwall, near some of the most dramatic sea coasts in the world. Devil of a Fix is the second book in the Matthew Loftus Series.

Genre: Thriller

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Used availability for Marcus Palliser's Devil of a Fix

Hardback Editions

June 2000 : UK Hardback

Title: The Devil of a Fix
Author(s): Marcus Palliser
ISBN: 0-434-00763-3 / 978-0-434-00763-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd
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Paperback Editions

July 2019 : USA Paperback

Title: Devil of a Fix (The Matthew Loftus Novels)
Author(s): Marcus Palliser
ISBN: 1-59013-788-4 / 978-1-59013-788-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: McBooks Press
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May 2001 : UK Paperback

Title: Devil Of A Fix
Author(s): Marcus Palliser
ISBN: 0-09-928185-6 / 978-0-09-928185-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd
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Audio Editions

October 2001 : UK Audio Cassette

Title: Devil of a Fix: Complete & Unabridged
Author(s): Marcus Palliser
ISBN: 0-7540-0729-4 / 978-0-7540-0729-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Audio Books
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Kindle Editions

July 2016 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Devil of a Fix (Matthew Loftus series Book 2)
Author(s): Marcus Palliser
Publisher: Endeavour Media
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