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8 people found this helpful
on June 6, 2012
My first impression as I read this book was that it had way to many things going on. Kidnap and piracy were a good start but the piracy aspect was strange. I don't think transferring a shipment at sea is a minor thing. And the travel time for the Black Sea expedition was murky. Sailing details were minor and the crew seemed small even for a schooner. I liked the heroes story, it was interesting and different. The heroines story as also good. Combining those two with the kidnapping was a nice touch. But the convoluted gun running story was over done. And then the minor problem with the brothel and her rescue by none other than Nathaniel. Then the imprisonment and escape. I did like the touch of Alex's joining the Duke's household but the other subplot of Clifton's pursuit of Alex could have been handled better IMHO. In either case, I was reading this book just to get it over with. It was very tiring.
The wrap up of the whole affair was a little rushed after all the things that transpired. Maybe a simpler more direct story would have made this better, because I really liked the characters.