There is no frigate like a book to take us lands away. ~ Emily Dickinson
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
Latest ReviewsThe Dutch in the Medway by P. G. Rogers
Historical perspective of one of worst naval defeats in British history, which occurred during the Anglo-Dutch Wars.
The Whydah by Martin W. Sandler
Attacked by pirates in 1717, the slave ship was transformed into a pirate ship. She and crew, captained by Samuel Bellamy, terrorized the Caribbean. Then she traveled north to Cape Cod, where she sank in a storm. This is her story, the pirates who captured her, and the hunt to find what remained of her and the treasure she carried.
Pirate Women by Laura Sook Duncombe
From real pirates to fictional ones, Duncombe examines the truths and myths of female rogues of the Seven Seas.
The Travels of Reverend Ëlafur Egilsson translated and edited by Karl SmÓri Hreinsson and Adam Nichols
When Barbary corsairs attacked Iceland in 1627, Reverend Egilsson was among the 4,000 captives taken to Algiers and sold into slavery. This is his account of this trial, as well as his journey back to Iceland to raise ransom money.
The Pirate's Duchess by Katherine Bone
Compelled to vanish and assume a secret identity, Tobias Knight becomes a smuggler and pirate to destroy his friend's father who has destroyed so many lives and protect his wife. Horrified by her husband's tragic death, Prudence Knight decides it's time to live her own life and put the past in the past. Her marriage to her deceased husband's friend will do that, but her decision jeopardizes her life and only one man can save her.
The Pirate's Debt by Katherine Bone
Basil Halford dons the cloak of the Black Regent to atone for his father's sins, but Chloe Walsingham believes there's only one way for his redemption. No matter the risks to her reputation, she goes in search of him and ends up endangering her life. That risk is minimal compared to the danger she faces once Basil finds her.
Books for Young Pirates
Books for Pirate Apprentices and Young Adults
Books for Adults - Fiction
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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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