A Storm Hits Valparaiso

David Gaughran
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Catalina Flores de la Peña's tongue got her in more trouble than any other part of her body, even though there were far more likely candidates. But when a storm rolls into her sleepy port town, she finds herself embroiled with a gang of adventurers, mercenaries, and prostitutes on a journey to free South America from the Spanish Empire.

A Storm Hits Valparaíso is an epic historical adventure starring two brothers torn apart by love; a slave running for his life; a disgraced British sailor seeking redemption; and José de San Martín, an Argentine general who deserts the Spanish Army to lead a bloody revolt against his former masters.

Praise for A Storm Hits Valparaiso:

"A work of sweeping historical fiction that captivates and entertains ... engaging and richly textured." -- John D. Glass, author of Legend of Zodiac.

"David Gaughran has woven a captivating story set during this dangerous period in South America's history. I'd happily recommend it to fans of the genre." -- Tracy CookBooked Up Reviews.

"A romping classico... it reminded me of Louis de Bernières."--SR Noss, author of Life on the Suburban Fringe

"An ambitious story of love and betrayal, victory and defeat. In characters drawn from real historical figures, the author delves into the politics of war and how battles turn on the smallest of details or the whims of a single man." -- JW Manus, author of The Devil His Due.

Keywords: historical fiction, historical novel, literary fiction, fiction, ebook, history, 19th century, 18th century, adventure, rebellion, love, war, naval, sea, military, argentina, chile, brazil, per, united kingdom, france, napoleon, latin america, south america, san martin, bolivar

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About the author

David Gaughran is Irish and lives in Dublin, where it rains every day and conversation is a sport. He is the author of the historical adventures Liberty BoyMercenary, and A Storm Hits Valparaiso, as well as two popular books for writers: Let's Get Digital Let's Get Visible. His work has been featured in the Huffington Post, The Sunday Times and, most pleasingly, the Journal for Maritime Research.

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David Gaughran
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Published on
Dec 21, 2011
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Pages
348
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ISBN
9789187109041
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Historical
Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Sagas
Fiction / War & Military
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This content is DRM free.
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