This is a fictionalised account of the last two weeks of Captain James Cook’s life written in two parts: The events leading up to his murder by the Hawaiians are contained in Part One. The second part deals with attempts by his successor and friend to retrieve his remains for Christian burial. The book is based on authentic research and facts.
It is February 1779 Captain James Cook is on his last voyage to the Pacific. This is a fascinating fictionalised account of the sad events leading up to the demise of Captain James Cook. Although written as a novel the content has been thoroughly researched from the officers journals of Cook's last voyage of discovery to the Pacific, and in this respect is an authentic account of the events leading up to his tragic death at the hands of the Hawaiians. The names used in this work are of people who actually sailed on the two ships of this expedition although the actions attributed to these individuals have been somewhat embroidered by the imagination.
Great effort has been applied to put across Cook’s humane and compassionate understanding of his fellow man – particularly in the eighteenth century British Navy – this endeared him to the brutish men under his charge. Without doubt Cook was one of the greatest seamen and navigators the world had ever produced. His discoveries in the Pacific opened up this vast ocean to the western world so that it was no longer a mystery for the armchair theorists to speculate over.