is no frigate like a
book to take us lands away. ~
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
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.
Pieces of Eight by John Drake
Irwin Bryan reviews this second volume in the prequel series to Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, where Flint and Silver and their men battle each other for the treasure.
Man-of-War Life by Charles Nordhoff
As a First-Class Boy, Charles Nordhoff describes life in the American navy aboard a warship bound for China on a diplomatic voyage in the 19th century.
British Naval Captains of the Seven Years' War by A. B. McLeod
An examination of post captains during the Seven Years' War and their relationships with the Admiralty.
Pirates of Maryland by Mark P. Donnelly and Daniel Diehl
A look at some of the pirates in the colony and state of Maryland during its first 200 years.
American Privateers in the War of 1812 edited by Timothy S. Good
A compilation of American privateers and their prizes as recorded in Niles' Weekly Register during the War of 1812.
The Black Ship by Dudley Pope
In October 1797, the bloodiest mutiny in the Royal Navy occurred aboard HM Frigate Hermione. Pope investigates the men, motives, and aftermath.
Lords of the Sea by Alan G. Jamieson
A history of the Barbary corsairs, as well as the differences between them and Somali pirates today.
Fireship by Peter Kirsch
An exploration into the design and use of this terrifying weapon through history.
Books for Young Pirates
Books for Pirate Apprentices and Young Adults
Books for Adults - Fiction
Books for Adults - Non-fiction
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