Slave to Fortune is a historical novel, purportedly based on the 17th century adventures of Tom Cheke.

On this website you’ll find lots of information about the colourful people and places that feature in Tom’s memoir. You can learn about the variety of ships that feature in his voyages and discover ancient maps and other fascinating insights into Tom’s world.

You can also find information about the author, a free sample chapter and options for purchasing the book. You can even have a go at cracking a I7th century code. I hope that you’ve enjoyed the novel or are just about to!

Take a browse around the website and let me know what you think on the comments page or send me an email at djmunro.author@gmail.com.

Slave to Fortune was a #1 best-selling Historical Thriller on Kindle (UK) in October 2017 and also a #1 best-seller for YA Historical Fiction.

It is currently short-listed in two categories of the Chanticleer International Book Awards for both Historical Fiction and Young Adult Fiction and scores 4.5 out of 5 stars on goodreads.com and slightly higher on Amazon.

Best wishes,

DJ Munro

 STF New Kindle Cover



Click on any of the links below to find out more about the novel and to explore Tom’s world.


Targets and Tribulations






#1 Bestseller for both Historical Thrillers and YA Historical Fiction on Amazon (UK)






Age question imageWhat age group is Slave to Fortune suitable for?





Areas of interest for American readers





osj bannerThe Order of St John – the Knights Hospitaller






Can you crack the code?






Crescent Moon - High ResShips that feature in Slave to Fortune





DSCF0102Glimpses into life in 17th century England





Robert Louis StevensonHow Slave to Fortune parallels Robert Louis Stevenson’s masterpiece: Kidnapped




Ternary 222Ternary and Code-breaking





Holy War

Holy War: a message for our time