I have just finished this book and I'm a little disappointed.
First of all, the Nathanial of the title gets mentioned a few times but his story proper doesn't get told until page 270 of a 373 page book and when it does he doesn't suffer, much less achieve anything more or less than any of the other men killed in the course of the spice trade.
Second, torture is described in detail in this book and I feel that this should be mentioned somewhere on the cover, just in case someone doesn't particularly want to read that type of thing.
That said this is a well written history of the spice trade and war with the Dutch. I enjoyed the book overall but as mentioned I am somewhat confused by the title and I would have liked to have been warned about the graphic descriptions of torture (there is also a drawing of it!).
I would not recommend this book because of the misleading title and the graphic description of torture, which turned out to be totally unnecessary.