Sunday, September 7, 2014

Review: The Rebel Pirate by Donna Thorland

1775, Boston Harbor. James Sparhawk, Master and Commander in the British Navy, knows trouble when he sees it. The ship he’s boarded is carrying ammunition and gold…into a country on the knife’s edge of war. Sparhawk’s duty is clear: confiscate the cargo, impound the vessel and seize the crew. But when one of the ship’s boys turns out to be a lovely girl, with a loaded pistol and dead-shot aim, Sparhawk finds himself held hostage aboard a Rebel privateer. 

Sarah Ward never set out to break the law. Before Boston became a powder keg, she was poised to escape the stigma of being a notorious pirate’s daughter by wedding Micah Wild, one of Salem’s most successful merchants. Then a Patriot mob destroyed her fortune and Wild played her false by marrying her best friend and smuggling a chest of Rebel gold aboard her family’s ship. 

Now branded a pirate herself, Sarah will do what she must to secure her family’s safety and her own future. Even if that means taking part in the cat and mouse game unfolding in Boston Harbor, the desperate naval fight between British and Rebel forces for the materiel of war—and pitting herself against James Sparhawk, the one man she cannot resist. 

Received for review.

Despite being historically inaccurate and wildly improbable this was actually a rather fun read.

This was well written and had a nice blend of suspense, action, and romance.  The author did a nice job of creating the characters and making you care about them despite the ridiculous historical background.  This was really like a soap opera set in the 1700s.  It was that ridiculous.  However, once you suspended your disbelief the story actually became quite engrossing.

I didn't particularly care for Sara, since I found her rather whiny, obnoxious, and completely wrong for the time period, but I did find James interesting.  His view and experiences were a much better look into the time.

So, if you're looking for historical fiction with a huge emphasis on the fictional part then this is a very good choice.

★★★★ = Really Liked It

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Becca Lostinbooks said...

Eh, I might skip this one. I like things to be as historically accurate as possible.

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