September 1, 2005
This is Magnus Mills, and, as the English idiom goes, the devil is in the detail, and Mills is wonderfully English. Each party succumbs to various ills – at one point Johns in forced to send a deputation back so that they have enough food and water for their return journey, and Cook mistakenly takes all of the female mules with him. One of Tostig’s crew is tried for stealing the ship’s manual, and Tostig himself faces the quandary of bringing the bottle of green ink, which looks like it may not be used, or to take an extra ration of food. Susan Tomaselli reviews Magnus Mills' Explorers of the New Century.