mutiny on the bounty
I wandered into this book knowing only that it was based on a true story and that it was highly recommended by a friend. Actually, he most highly recommended the second and third books in the trilogy, but one must start somewhere.
Roger Byam is our protagonist, a fictional character dropped into an adventure that happened in real life, in the year 1789. The crew of the HMS Bounty, fed up with cruelty of their captain, commandeered the ship and sent him and those who supported him adrift.
This first book follows Byam and others who were unfortunate enough to not be one of the mutineers but were also not set adrift with their captain. Byam makes his way back to Tahiti but remains constantly on the lookout for the next British ship to appear on the horizon.
Mutiny is a classic and very well written seafaring adventure. Though the penalties for muntineering were severe, one can see why men would have been tempted to do so when saddled with a captain who was intolerably cruel with an intemperate personality.
Though I might not have approached this book without the recommendation, I'm happy to have discovered it and will almost certainly continue with the trilogy.