This is a first rate adventure story, which might almost provide a second volume to Masefield's DEAD NED!! Definitely for...
THE MIDDLE PASSAGE
by ‧RELEASE DATE: March 7, 1939
This is a first rate adventure story, which might almost provide a second volume to Masefield's DEAD NED!! Definitely for that market -- for the COLIN LOWRIE market. A story of the slave trade, in the period when the trade was forbidden and slaves contraband, of a young Cornishman, implicated beyond his control in a wreckers' plot which involved his father, and from which he could not extricate himself without implicating the girl he loves. He escapes -- is saved by the captain of a slaver, becomes mate, and finally owner and captain. An absorbing story of the details of illegal traffic in humanity, of the slave coast, of the insidious hold of Guinea -- and of his final break with it all and his discovery that he is free to return to England. There is nothing particularly new in the facts, but the story is well told, well paced and good reading.