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The Privateer Clause: Cruising has never been more dangerous Paperback – July 1, 2010

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Suspend Your Disbelief and go for a fun cruise with Danny and Marsha. A fun adventure and not anymore unbelievable than James Bond.  --- Amazon reviewer Patricia Kenworthy

"Ken Rossignol's Marsha and Danny Jones shipboard suspense series provide us insights into the inner circles of both the industry and security measures of major cruise ships as well as a rip-roaring, non-stop conflict and resolution. Rossignol keeps the reader's neck on the chopping block and fingers flipping pages." -- Robert W. Walker, author of Titanic 2012 & Bismarck 2013. Robert W Walker Books.com

"Are cruise passengers bored to tears? Not on the Sea Empress. All manner of mayhem strikes as soon as Marsha and Danny Jones hire on as security."  - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Well, you want my opinion about "The Privateer Clause" by Ken Rossignol? It's a dandy! One of those novels where you just want to turn off the television for an hour or so, for maybe a week or 10 days straight, and just immerge yourself into life on a cruise ship.
But it isn't calm for long, and that's the difference between the ocean cruise one might expect and the ocean cruise Mr Rossignol gives you. - Doug Gourley

From the Author

Enjoying cruises and travel is a big part of our lives as my wife and I have taken more than ten cruises in the past year all over the world as I entertain folks on ships with tales of pirates, the Bermuda Triangle, the story of the people and tragedy of the Titanic as well as other stories in maritime history.

Those who enjoy murder stories might catch a viewing of Motives & Murders - A Body in the Bay, on the Discovery ID channel in which I was interviewed about the murder of Nancy Manni, which I covered for three years in my newspaper. The murder took place in 1993 and in 2012 Discovery Channel brought this story to life, describing the task police faced in tracking down the killer of this young woman.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453641475
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453641477
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,796,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was disappointed in this book.I appreciated the fast pace of the book and while I agree there was plenty of action, there was no resolution. We never found out who or what was behind the terrorist attacks...was it one group or was it a series of unbelievable coincidences? I did not find much to like about the main characters. Both top-notch US government security employees, they struck me as cartoonish in that they would snap the neck of a terrorist while sipping a tropical drink. This book was obviously lead-in to a series, but I will not read the next book in the series. I would be afraid that I would invest time in reading the sequel only to be left hanging with no conclusions or explanations...again. I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
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I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
I enjoyed about the first half of the story. The premise was current and believable; the interaction of the main characters, Danny and Marsha Jones, was entertaining. But as I got further into the book the plot became predicable and, for me, boring. Yes, there was non-stop action and suspense and crisis after crisis - but no real in-depth plot. And, with all the Hi-Tech gear and experienced security agents on board, most of the events could have been avoided, it seems.

One of my favorite parts was reading about the Caribbean ports of call and the "Sea Days" on the Sea Empress.

If you don't want to have to think too much but like action, suspense and "Cruising" - this may be a book you will like!
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I was a little disappointed in this book. It seemed that the author had included several short stories (cruises) in one book. They all followed the same theme with pirates attacking each cruise. The setup also seemed to be similar in each. The first cruise kept my interest but the others seemed to be very repetitive. I kept reading hoping to find each cruise would add to the story in the first cruise and become more exhilarating but that never happened.

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This book has everything: stilted converstaion; confused sentences (Danny and Marsha watched the mooring process and tenders being launched from their table at the breakfast buffet.") Improper and confused punctuation (if in doubt throw in a comma); stilted converstaion; word confusion, there for their, e.g.; flat characters; poor plot, etc. The story even has a "radical Islamic Jew" of which there are very few in existence.
The one thing you can count on here is that an extremely inept group of mysterious assassins (we never find out who they are) who, fortunately for our heroes, have black spiders tattooed prominently on their wrists, and brown skin, are going to attempt to either take over the cruise liner for ransom and/or destroy it. In the process they use air attacks, submarine attacks, mad bomber attacks, murder, kidnapping, sniper fire, pirating, plus others. It's somewhat surprising just how many murder attempts there are and how omnipotent the protagonists are, seemingly miracously, drawing a gun and shooting or karate-chopping bad guys while being covered by a gun or knife. I think the writer never heard of the '21-foot' rule.
It seems as though the author, rather than trying to entertain us with his story, is using it as a vehicle for his conservative political views. He continuously makes anti-liberal diatribes which add nothing to the story and detract from the extremely thin plot. He even refers to the poor people of the Caribbean as "...the unwashed..." It seems as though he views anyone poor and non-white as being suspect and not trustworthy. For example, he has our hero mistrust a man who has spent his working life as a state trooper, because he is half Lebanese and a Muslim.
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This book is a fast paced action packed adventure on the Caribbean Seas, BUT it is all over the place plot wise. What should have been a nice relaxing 7 day cruise to the Caribbean for Danny and Marsha Jones turned into on-the-job training when pirates/terrorists decide that their ship, Sea Empress, is next. But the author never explains why Sea Empress was the target of so many attacks. The author provides great action sequences and keeps the suspense rolling, but does not do a very good job of explaining the timeline. The author develops backstory's for some of the "terrorists" when he is introducing them, but doesn't develop backstory's for most of the main characters. I was very confused by some of the character interactions on and off the cruise line because author does not make his timeline very clear. Multiple cruises take place using the same cruise ship, same port of calls, and same characters over six months time, but it just seems like one very long cruise to me. Because of the confusing timeline, i would recommend this book be read all at once. I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it. I know I said alot of negative things, but I did enjoy the book and plan on reading the sequel. Maybe by then the author will have his timeline issues worked out :)
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