Book Review – The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny, and Murder

What happens when a British ship wrecks off the coast of Patagonia, stranding all aboard in the middle of nowhere with little chance of rescue? And, what happens when these men are faced with the very real likelihood of certain death from starvation and disease? Why mutiny of course! And Murder and Cannibalism!

The Wager is a tale of true events, told in story format. It documents the hellish journey of the ship’s crew as they first set about chasing down treasure-loaded Spanish ships, then the struggle to survive on a deserted island after the Wager wrecks in hot pursuit, to the eventual mutiny and splitting of the crew into two groups (one much smaller than the other), and finally the daring escape and arduous journey across 3000-miles of terrible seas to the shores of Brazil. However, the story doesn’t end when they return to the safety of civilization because the other group of crew finally wash ashore as well, leading to a lot of confusion about who mutinied who! It’s a drama filled, wild adventure brought to life thanks to the meticulous journaling done by two members of the crew during the years they were missing.

David Grann did a remarkable job bringing this lesser known story to life. It’s a non-fiction read and I enjoyed every second of the audiobook (narrated by Dion Graham with note by the author at the end).

If you’re looking for some shipwreck action, filled with highly detailed moments of adventure, then definitely check this one out! This book starts strong and doesn’t let up through the very end.

Overall, I give it a 5 out of 5.

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