Matthias, a young bookkeeper, is plucked from his oppressive firm when one of their clients, the Ottoman Vizier, asks for an honest opinion. Matthias’ candor changes the maritime strategy of the Ottoman Caliph’s empire.
Powerful, dark forces descend on Matthias as he is offered his own shipping firm in the reshaped Mediterranean.
A detailed and cinematic graphic-novel adaptation of this mystery story by artist Wee-Bee. Moody illustrations break down both the financial and physical dangers lurking beneath the tale. A visual narrative which evokes the Amsterdam setting, from plush offices to sailboats under bridges to dockside knife fights.
Length: 40 Pages
Graphics: Full Color
Publication date: June 2018
One of the Gundermen tried to trip me as I debarked.
I grabbed his throat and choked him, not letting go even when his eyes went white. Just as his body started to go slack, I smashed my cane’s head into his face three times, fiercely, for his earlier remark had put me in a dark mood, and my anger rushed to the fore.
He fell to the ground, bloody and crying and gasping for breath.
I invited his friends in their own rough tongue to come get more, if they cared to.
I have a bad temper. I work hard to keep it in check, but sometimes …
My skiff creaked and leapt in the water, eager for the evening breezes. The sail home was pleasant.
About Tom Durwood
Tom Durwood is a teacher, writer and editor with an interest in history. Tom most recently taught English Composition and Empire and Literature at Valley Forge Military College, where he won the Teacher of the Year Award five times. Tom has taught Public Speaking and Basic Communications as guest lecturer for the Naval Special Warfare Development Group at the Dam’s Neck Annex of the Naval War College.
Tom edits an open-access scholarly journal, The Journal of Empire Studies (www.empirestudies.org).
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“The Caliph’s Gift” is an exceedingly polished and well-crafted story. Meticulously researched … complex and interesting.
— Sarah Park Rankin
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