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Cindy Vallar, Editor & Reviewer
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Avast there! The Bookaneer sails the high sea 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 to access reviews of specific genres and subjects.

A special note to authors and publicists

Since 1993, I've been reviewing books for a variety of publications. Initially, those publications included Appraisal: Science Books for Young People, The Book Report, VOYA, Library Media Connection, and School Library Journal. Later, I reviewed books online for Ivy Quill Reviews, Simply E-Books, and Discovering Diamonds. Today, my reviews appear in Historical Novels Review and Goodreads.com.

At Pirates and Privateers, I review fiction and nonfiction books for children or adults. These volumes primarily deal with piracy, privateering, navies, and the maritime world. Most stories and histories are set in the past prior to 1900, although I occasionally venture into more recent times and future scenarios. Pirates and Privateers is open to submissions, so if you would me to consider reviewing your latest book, please contact me.

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The Bookaneer's Latest Reviews

by Julian Stockwin
Promotions lead to separation. Reunions result in strained relations. At a pivotal moment in his career, Thomas Kydd must make a weighty decision with dire consequences.
(Nautical Fiction)

by Julian Stockwin
From pressed man to an officer on the quarterdeck is an achievement Thomas Kydd never expects. It is an honor, but comes with a handicap. He is not born a gentleman. This sets him apart from his fellow officers, including his best friend, and fitting in may be too wide a gulf to surmount.
(Nautical Fiction)

The Hidden Galleon
by John Amrhein, Jr.
In 1750, a Spanish warship sets sail from Cuba. The captain knows the risks, but he and his vessel almost manage to survive the deadly hurricane season. Until they reach Virginia waters.

Flash forward more than two centuries to the National Archives in Washington, DC, where the author stumbles across a letter that may hold the clue to that warship's location. What ensues is his attempts to locate the wreck, but his journey proves almost as perilous as the galleon's.
(History, Shipwrecks)

Double O Stephen and the Ghostly Realm
by Angela Ahn
A nickname he hates. A mom who favors education over fun, especially if it pertains to pirates. Sword practice that leads to suspension. Not surprising that Stephen Oh-O'Driscoll dreams of exploration and adventure. Sometimes, though, what you wish for isn't exactly what you get.

The Pirate Captain Ned Low
by Nicky Nielsen
Not the best-known of golden age pirates, but definitely one of the crueler ones. Through eyewitness accounts and other primary documents, the author attempts to separate fact from legend and delves into why Edward Low follows the path that he does.

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The Bookaneer's Treasure Chests of Reviews

Books for Young Pirates
(picture books)

Books for Pirate Apprentices
(chapter, middle grade, young adult books)

Books for Adult Pirates ~ Fiction

Books for Adult Pirates ~ Nonfiction

A special note to readers
The United States Federal Trade Commission has issued 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 do not. 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. After I have read these submissions, I add the free review copies to my personal library collection, 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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