Shadow on the Moon
Shipping Today and Yesterday January 2010
“We don’t often get novels to review in these pages but occasionally one appears. In this case this is a story about piracy off the coast of Nigeria and, although set some 25 years ago, is a realistic attempt to portray what is happening in that country today.
An armed pirate gang, led by the cunning and ruthless Henry Kaduna are attacking and robbing ships off the port of Lagos in Nigeria. During one particularly brutal incident, an officer’s wife is raped and the ship’s master murdered.
Interpol, at the request of the UN become involved and Inspector Martin Ellis is sent to track down the leader of the pirate gang. But he has to work under cover, as the corrupt local police chief Godwin Azubikas, cannot be trusted.
Meanwhile the pirate becomes more audacious, earning vast sums of money from the ships he attacks.
This is an outstanding book that I found difficult to put down. The author’s style is compelling and I would very highly recommend this book to our readers.”
Nautilus UK Telegraph March 2009
It’s a rattling yarn, in which Archie Coulter combines evocative descriptions of Nigeria and authoritative shipboard scenes of ship board operations, with pages full of twists and turns right up to the final paragraphs.