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Well the most obvious person for Struan to be based on is William Jardine, though I don't get the impression Jardine was quite as ... swashbuckling as the Devil Struan. Binabik80 (talk) 22:25, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
What about the typhoon? Was it pure de ex machina? Jardine did not die in a storm. What about the revelation about cinchona (quinine)? Was it suddenly brought from South America around that time? The inside page of the book says none of the characters or organizations metitoned are meant to depict actual people, but is this just a legal protection?