Slave to Fortune is an award-winning and best-selling historical adventure novel – suitable for all ages from teens upwards.

Tom Cheke’s world is turned upside-down when he is kidnapped from his home on the Isle of Wight by Barbary corsairs during an audacious night raid.

Sold into slavery in seventeenth-century Algiers, Tom carves out a new and promising life only to have it shattered once more when another twist of fate throws him into the hands of a Scottish knight of the Order of St John and into a turbulent world of ciphers, spies and assassinations.

Against a backdrop of religious intolerance and conflict, Tom’s memoir is a remarkable account of how a young man comes of age, grasping life from the setbacks of fortune. It is a tale of friendship and reconciliation, of intrigue and deceit, in which trust is betrayed and deep-rooted beliefs and values are cast into doubt.

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In Slave to Fortune, DJ Munro skilfully captures a bygone era of galleons and gunpowder as the plot twists from the alleyways of Algiers, through the splendour of Malta and the canals of Venice, to maritime Portsmouth and the rustic charms of the Isle of Wight.

With echoes of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped and J. Meade Falkner’s Moonfleet, Slave to Fortune is an uplifting, intelligent adventure. It will spark curiosity and keep readers enthralled.

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.









The novel won the Grand Prize for young adult fiction at the Chanticleer International Book Awards (2017) and was also a first place category winner for historical fiction.

The novel is about 360 pages long in the paperback version and is also available as an ebook and audiobook published by Tantor Media featuring the voice of Matthew Lloyd Davies.

ISBN: 978-1512022117 and  978-1-9996055-1-3




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Particular areas of interest for American readers





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





Cross and Crescent

Holy War: a message for our time





Akçe or Asper of Sultan Murad II

A Spanish treasure ship, a bullion fraud and a 17th century monetary crisis





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