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Cindy Vallar, Editor & Reviewer
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The Bookaneer

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, Discovering Diamonds, and Goodreads.com, 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

Man of War by Anthony Sullivan
From Midshipman to Admiral of the Baltic Fleet, James Saumarez participated in many major sea battles and skirmishes from the American Revolution to the defeat of Napoleon. Irwin Bryan reviews this latest biography.

Off the Deep End by Nic Compton
A history of madness at sea from early instances to present day, from physical and psychological causes to effects of technology, external stimuli, and solo sails.

The Dark of the Moon by E. S. Bell
Selena Koren, who can heal and summon the sea, must complete a mission that goes against everything she's been taught. Assassin Sebastian Vaas takes one last assignment, but is stunned to learn that his target is the person who destroyed so many of his enemies during the war. But a new conflict is brewing, one that will pit followers of the two different faces of the god and the only way to thwart the conflict is for Koren and Vaas to work together against fantastic odds and in spite of their separate tasks.

Captain Monty Takes the Plunge by Jennifer Mook-Sang and illustrated by Liza Starin
Captain Monty never takes a bath, but when the love of his life is taken against her will, he risks his life to save her.


Additional Reviews

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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