Barbary Devil Scratchboard book cover illustration - 12/26/2018

Materials used: 6x6 inch Black-coated Ampersand board and scratching tools.

This is book #029 of 160 paperback novels being transcribed by the The Gardner Francis Fox Library.

Barbary Devil vividly takes you back to 16th-century Mediterranean battlegrounds where brave Italian princes and their men fought the roving Algerian pirates of the Ottoman Empire while the West and the Muslim world struggled for supremacy. You can purchase a copy from The Gardner Francis Fox Library.

Here's the first bit and a link to chapter one of Barbary Devil.

THE GALLEY CREPT ACROSS THE BLUE waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea, its single banks of twenty oars a side giving it, from the cliffs above Amalfi, the appearance of a strange insect tiptoeing its way toward the high, rocky cliffs that sheltered this section of the Italian coast. Late afternoon sunlight caught those dripping, moving oars, burnishing them with silver. The Etesian wind had died and now the twin lateen sails rippled on their spars until lithe brown men with twists of white cloth at their loins could scramble up the ratlines and furl them.

Watching them with back-thrown head stood a tall man in chain-mail shirt and thigh-boots of Cordovan leather, a striped jellaby wrapped about him from shoulders to hips. On his head he wore a turbaned helmet which came to a sharp point. His left hand was placed on the pommel of a curving scimitar whose scabbard was hung from his belt by silver chains.

This man was the corsair captain, Khair ed Din.

Read the rest of this chapter by visiting The Gardner Francis Fox Library.