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The Assiduous Quest

of Tobias Hopkins:

by James Faro

It is October in the year 1675. New England trader, Tobias Hopkins, arrives in Jamaica to discover the truth about his missing father. It transpires that, not only has the man been dead for six years, but he has left Toby with a half-brother and the clue to an inheritance which promises to change the course of their lives. However, Toby's inquiries have attracted the attention of others who will stop at nothing to achieve their aims.

Haunted by nightmares from his past, Toby continues with his quest, unaware his actions are being followed closely by others who will stop at nothing to get what they want. Will the cryptic message written by his father lead him to a promised fortune, or will it lead him into the hands of those who aim to destroy him?

But who can he trust? His faithful associate, John, the astute businesswoman Elizabeth, or Magdalena, mother of his half-brother Eduardo? Some of those around him are not what they seem to be, and it soon becomes clear that Toby and those closest to him are in imminent danger.

He sets a course for the Island of Nevis where he reaps the fruits of his search. All appears well until he continues his voyage bound for Virginia. It is only here that Tobias Hopkins and his crew have to face the consequence of his actions.

a step back in time to17th century Jamaica

"If you only read one historical novel this year, make sure it's this one." (David Carter - Goodreads review)


"The female characters were all strongly formed and compelling. . ." (Ayana Prende - Amazon review)


"I’d recommend this for any genre fan, it's a novel that can keep anyone engaged with its solid storytelling." (matt - Amazon review)

James Faro joined the Merchant Navy at the age of sixteen, travelling extensively throughout Brazil, North America and the Caribbean. He has lived in many countries including Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, Aden and the Netherlands. Now living in Brighton, England, he has retained his fascination with travel and the sea which is reflected in his writing. He has a Post Graduate degree in History from the University of Sussex.

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