1844. In the final days of his life, Captain Basil Hall rewrites the journal of his acclaimed voyage to the coasts of Latin America. But as Basil sails the HMS Conway into the forgotten corners of his mind, his past resurfaces in the form of a passenger with a dark secret, and the tragic death of one of his men. Searching for answers, Basil embarks on a mysterious quest that will take him into the heart of Aztec mythology as he rediscovers who he is, and what it truly means to be free.
Mystery / Historical fiction. Length: 300 pages
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THE DIVINE SAGE tells the tale of a voyage to Latin America in the 1820s, and a captain who is persuaded to embark on a mysterious quest by one of his passengers. This is an unusual historical mystery, set on the high seas and along the coasts of Chile, Peru and Mexico. The twisting plot is filled with secret histories and lost gods as it unravels against a backdrop of breathtaking landscapes and glorious sunsets. Beneath all the intrigue and adventure, a love story between two sailors gradually reveals itself.
The book is based on the journal of Captain Basil Hall and his voyage on the HMS Conway, together with a collection of letters written by Hall and the ship’s surgeon regarding a tragic death that was never disclosed. In this fictional retelling, Captain Hall begins rewriting his journal when he is incarcerated in a mental asylum at the end of his life. Is he finally revealing the truth about what happened, or is this the cathartic fantasy of a man whose mind is failing him?