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Heeling shipThere is no frigate like a book to take us lands away. ~ Emily Dickinson Heeling ship

Avast there! The Bookaneer sails the High Seas in search of books of interest to pirates young and old. Feel free to browse the latest reviewed titles or click on the links below the latest reviews to access specific sections.

A special note to authors and publicists
More than two decades ago, I began reviewing books for Appraisal: Science Books for Young People, The Book Report, Library Media Connection, and School Library Journal. Later, I reviewed books online for Ivy Quill Reviews and Simply E-Books. Today, I review historical novels and history books for Historical Novels Review and piratical and maritime fiction and non-fiction for Pirates and Privateers. If you would like me to review your latest pirate or maritime book, please contact me. ~ Cindy Vallar

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Latest Reviews

The Golden Age of Piracy by Benerson Little
Irwin Bryan reviews this book that examines the myths of piracy, and then looks at the reality and how these myths may have originated.

Quest for Blackbeard by Baylus C. Brooks
Using historical and genealogical records, Brooks unearths new evidence as to the origins of Edward Thache, also known as Blackbeard. He also examines this legendary pirate from the perspective of the world in which he lived during the 18th century.

Summon the Queen by Jodi McIsaac
Nora O'Reilly and Fionn mac Cumhaill travel back to 16th-century Ireland to find the pirate queen Granauile (Grace O'Malley). Somehow she can assist them in uniting Ireland against the English, so that Fionn can finally have eternal rest, instead of eternal life, and Nora's brother won't die in the Troubles that plague Northern Ireland in the future. But St. Brigid enjoys toying with those she helps and sometimes her definition of help doesn't match how others define the word.

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Books for Young Pirates

Books for Pirate Apprentices and Young Adults

Books for Adults - Fiction

Books for Adults - Non-fiction

A special note to readers
The United States Federal Trade Commission has issued new guidelines for online reviewers, which include disclosing to you that publishers, publicists, and authors send me review books and media for free. Sometimes I request these review copies, sometimes I don't. In either case, I am free to choose whether or not I publish a review of these items, although the sender hopes that I will do so. Sometimes I add these free review copies to my personal library collection. Other times I donate them to libraries or other worthy causes, or use them as prizes I award to contest winners. If anyone wishes to know what I did with a specific title reviewed here, I'll be happy to disclose that information.

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