The Guadeloupe Guillotine by Larry Jeram-Croft

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The sequel to Jacaranda: Jack Vincent and his girlfriend Emma return to England to help British Government Scientists to understand what they had learned by travelling back in time. The cause is known but not understood. It was due to a wartime experiment that failed They are asked to go back again at the next opportunity to try to recover material from the ship that disappeared. Once again Jacaranda returns to the past but is almost wrecked in a hurricane and due to a miscalculation, arrives off Guadeloupe in 1794 at the height of the Reign of Terror which has just arrived in the Caribbean. Rescued by their old friend Charles the Earl of Hinchfield they become caught up in events as Guadeloupe falls to the French. Paul Smythe has survived the volcano eruption in Martinique but has no memory of his previous life. He marries and settles down as a sugar plantation owner only to become a reluctant double agent for the British. His wife, Francine, is taken hostage by the French to guarantee his behaviour, just as he is reunited with his old friends from the future. Paul helps his friends thwart the French attempt to retake Martinique and this gives them the opportunity to attempt to rescue his wife. The story is based on the true events of 1794 when the Guillotine was brought to the Caribbean to support the revolution.
 

About Larry Jeram-Croft

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Larry Jeram-Croft spent thirty years in the Royal Navy as a pilot and engineer. He then retired to work in industry for seven years before retiring for a second time. At that point he and his wife bought a yacht and went to live in the Caribbean. It was this experience that led to the idea for his first book 'Jacaranda'. There is so much history in the islands that remains forgotten. The book and its sequel 'The Guadeloupe Guillotine' seek to illuminate a small corner of history that is largely ignored and at the same time provide a thrilling and exciting story for all who love the sea and sailing.Brought up on the books of C S Forester and Patrick O'Brien he was surprised that no one was writing similar stories about the modern Royal Navy, especially with so much going in in previous decades. As he was himself a Lynx helicopter pilot during the Falklands War, he decided to start there, using his own extensive knowledge of the conflict. 'Sea Skimmer' was the result; a book based on many true stories, the main one being why the Argentinian Exocet missiles failed to explode. Directly involved in anti Exocet countermeasures and also with a grandstand seat of the final Exocet raid of the war, the book, although a novel, has an authenticity that cannot be bettered. The next one in the series, 'The Caspian Monster' looks at Cold War Operations and the little known fact that 1983 was the year nuclear war almost broke out and no one realised it. The latest book in the series is about anti-submarine and anti-drug smuggling operations in the West Indies, something else he has first hand experience of. There are many more to follow.He now lives near Plymouth in Devon, where he works as a full time writer and extraordinarily bad golfer.
 
Published November 24, 2013 by Larry Jeram-Croft. 249 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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