Books Should Be Free
Loyal Books
Free Public Domain Audiobooks & eBook Downloads
Search by: Title, Author or Keyword

The Fugitives The Tyrant Queen of Madagascar   By: (1825-1894)

Book cover

In Robert Michael Ballantyne's compelling novel, he takes readers on an extraordinary journey with his book The Fugitives: The Tyrant Queen of Madagascar. Set against the backdrop of Madagascar in the 19th century, Ballantyne weaves a captivating tale of adventure, survival, and courage.

The story introduces us to the main character, Harold Seadrift, a young English sailor whose life takes an unexpected turn when he is shipwrecked on the treacherous shores of Madagascar. Here, Harold finds himself at the mercy of Queen Ranavalona I, the tyrant ruler of the island. With her merciless command and iron-fisted rule, the Queen's reign is marked by fear and oppression, casting a dark shadow over the whole kingdom.

As our protagonist strives to escape, he encounters a diverse cast of characters, including a group of fellow fugitives, each one with their own harrowing backstory. Together, they navigate the dangerous jungles, evade the Queen's loyal soldiers, and face countless dangers in their quest for freedom. Their bond grows stronger with each obstacle they overcome, as they showcase the true power of friendship and resilience.

One of the standout aspects of Ballantyne's writing is his vivid descriptions of Madagascar's lush landscapes and unforgiving wilderness. He expertly captures the beauty and peril of the natural world, creating a vivid backdrop against which the characters' epic journey unfolds. From narrow escapes to heart-pounding confrontations, the author's ability to immerse readers in the action is truly commendable.

Additionally, Ballantyne provides insightful historical context throughout the narrative. Through his meticulous research, he brings to life the tyrannical reign of Queen Ranavalona I, shedding light on the devastating consequences and the impact of her rule on the Malagasy people. The author's attention to detail adds depth to the story, making it not only an entertaining adventure but also an exploration of a lesser-known chapter in history.

The Fugitives: The Tyrant Queen of Madagascar is a gripping novel that effortlessly combines history, adventure, and unforgettable characters. Ballantyne's skilled storytelling keeps readers eagerly turning the pages, desperate to discover the fate of the brave and resilient fugitives. This book is an absolute must-read for fans of thrilling historical fiction, as it offers both a thrilling tale and a glimpse into the tumultuous past of one of the world's most intriguing islands.

First Page:

The Fugitives, by R.M. Ballantyne.

A group of people from a British ship have gone ashore to stretch their legs, when enemies approach, the ship's boat retreats to the ship and they are left stranded ashore. The book deals with their efforts to find what they hope will be civilisation in the capital of the Island of Madagascar, which is something like the size of France. Unfortunately the reigning Queen has a hatred of Christianity which had been brought to the Island by missionaries some forty years before. Our heroes find themselves assisted by a Christian net work, but when they get to the capital they are appalled by the carnage and torture they find when the Queen has one of her rages against Christianity.

Based on fact, the story told here of the repression of Christianity in an emerging nation was all too true. The Queen died in 1867, and was succeeded by her son, an altogether different person, at which point our heroes take ship for England, and the story ends.

The story is full of action, the only quibble being the long and rather similar names the Malagasy people who appear in the story have. This makes it sometimes rather hard to make out what is happening.

THE FUGITIVES, BY R... Continue reading book >>

eBook Downloads
ePUB eBook
• iBooks for iPhone and iPad
• Nook
• Sony Reader
Kindle eBook
• Mobi file format for Kindle
Read eBook
• Load eBook in browser
Text File eBook
• Computers
• Windows
• Mac

Review this book

Popular Genres
More Genres
Paid Books