Synopses & Reviews
The year is 1519, and while Spain and Portugal teeter at the brink of war over the lucrative spice trade, Ferdinand Magellan is gathering his crews for a daring voyage westward to reach the Spice Islands. Despite the dangers, the lure of riches and fame draws 256 men to Magellan's Spanish ships. Among those recruited is shipmaster Juan Sebastian de Elcano, for whom the voyage offers nothing less than a chance to reclaim his stolen honor. Hopeful and determined as they set sail, Elcano could not foresee the twists of fate that would pit him against his commander in a struggle to save their threatened venture, or the heavy toll the journey would demand from the men endeavoring to cross the Pacific Ocean for the first time. Tested to his last measure of strength and tenacity, Elcano struggles to survive a voyage so far reaching that it will forever alter man's vision of the world.
"Sails of Fortune will delight old salty dogs and readers without sea legs: Bender has clearly done her research."—Andrea Bell, Historical Novels Review Andrea Bell
Distributed by the University of Nebraska Press for Caxton Press
This novel details the harrowing voyage of Ferdinand Magellan's fleet as he attempted to find the rumored water route through the New World to the west. What he and his crew of Basque, Portuguese and Spanish men found was death, hardship and glory.
About the Author
Christine Echeverria Bender has spent years researching the seldom told history of the Basque culture. Christine resides with her family in Boise, Idaho. This is her second novel.