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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

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  1. This is a very interesting period of history and one that I read about as the Dutch East India company played a big role in South African history. It is hard work researching these periods as there isn’t always good information available about some of the everyday and ordinary aspects of life. It is sometimes necessary to take a bit of poetic liberty.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. I know you do a lot of research for your stories, and I’ve also noticed that although sometimes it’s not too difficult to find factual information about a period (or even a big company that was as influential as the Dutch East India one), finding out the details of everyday life that make a story come alive is a completely different matter. This is a really fun book, Robbie, and I’ll probably try to read other books by the author. Take care. 🙂

  2. It does sound as if he has over-complicated what could have been a fun read. I am in two minds about this one.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. I had lots of fun with this one, Pete, but it might depend on your mood and your expectations (I had none) when you read it. Perhaps check a sample, or have a look at his debut book. That got almost general praise (I’m not sure that’s something you pay too much attention to, though). Take care and stay well, Pete.

  3. Hmmm…I agree with Pete about being of two minds (although my minds probably have different reasons). Olga, thank you for the kind of details you included here. I enjoyed reading your thoughts about the book. Have a beautiful week. Hugs on the wing!

    1. Thanks, Teagan. Although it sounds as if it might be, it isn’t a horror story and not too graphic either (there are violent events, but not too graphically described, considering). It’s on a level with classic crime mysteries when it comes to that, but with a few twists. Take care.

  4. dgkaye says:

    I must admit this sounds intriguing, but I must get through some books I’m dying to read. I do enjoy your reviews :). Stay safe Olga. Hugs xx

    1. Thanks, Debby. I know! I have a tonne of books waiting as well. Thanks for all your reviews as well. You always find something that makes me think. Take care.

  5. This sounds very interesting, Olga, and would love to know more about that period of history. Toni x

    1. It’s a fun read, and although it seems it’s not totally historically accurate, it made me more curious about the period. I have signed up for an online Q&A session with the author, and I’m quite curious to learn more.
      I read a book by David Mitchell called The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet about the Dutch East India Company, although it focuses on Japan, and it is a fascinating book (very different to this one), so I recommend that one as well.
      Stay safe, Toni.

  6. I’m a bit ambiguous in my opinion of this one, Olga. It seems like There were may points made in your review that kept switching my opinion for ‘Yea’ to ‘Nay.’ However, as you mentioned, the published may have ironed out some of the glitches. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks, Mark. It depends on what you’re looking for. It’s not a rigorous work of historical fiction, but it’s a pretty good yarn, although I can’t compare it to the previous work by the author. Stay safe and take care.

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