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The Privateersman (A Poor Man at the Gate Series, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Wareham
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Book Description

Escaping the hangman’s noose in England, commoner Tom Andrews finds himself aboard a privateering ship before fleeing to New York at the time of the Revolutionary War. It is a corrupt place where opportunities abound for the unscrupulous. Betrayal forces a hurried return to England where he and business partner Joseph Star, a half Carib freed slave, ruthlessly chase riches in the early industrial boom, investing in iron, mines and cotton. But will Tom’s phenomenal luck desert him as he seeks social standing and lasting affection?

The Privateersman is intelligently written and packed with historical facts, skilfully interwoven into a varied and compelling story-line. Highly recommended. JKR Reviews

A Poor Man at the Gate Series

(Best read in order. Series rating average: 4.5 out of 5 stars from 200+ reviews)
Book One: The Privateersman (FREE - first published in 2013)
Book Two: Nouveau Riche (Only $0.99 - £0.99 - series introductory offer)
Book Three: Born To Privilege
Book Four: The Pain Of Privilege
Book Five: Privilege Preserved
Book Six: Illusions Of Change
Book Seven: The Old Order
Book Eight: The Wages Of Virtue
Book Nine: Projected release - early 2015

Online Reviewer Comments

"The historical accuracy of the book was very impressive & the story brought the past to life."
"Can't wait to read book two in the series. Highly recommend it."
"Definitely one of the most memorable free historical fiction kindle books I've ever read."
"Historical fiction at its best. Wonderful characters. Loved it! Can't wait to read book two..."

Published by The Electronic Book Company

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Product Details

  • File Size: 1490 KB
  • Print Length: 235 pages
  • Publisher: The Electronic Book Company (December 9, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H86S2ZE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,718 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
By S. Keay
Format:Kindle Edition
I rarely get to the end of a book like this because reality becomes secondary to a good story. This may be the first book I have read (non-stop) since 1985. Although this takes place in the past, it reads as if the author is using direct experience. I found my self regularly thinking " yes I can see that" or "in those circumstances I may have done the same".

I could not find anything else By Andrew Wareham, so I can't wait for the next instalment.

My final comment is to Andrew Wareham: "very well done indeed, keep up the great work"
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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The historical accuracy of the book was very impressive and the story brought the past to life. The attention to detail is brilliant which makes it a great read for everybody interested in a fast paced adventure story. This story is refreshingly original with many twists and turns with well developed characters which are easily relatable to. A great story & a superbly researched novel. A massive thumbs up.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Is An Instant Classic March 8, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I picked this book up as an afterthought and was genuinely surprised at how good a book it was. The characters were well developed, the story of young Tom being shanghaied on a ship while still a boy of 16 and how he eventually overcomes adversity and becomes wealthy. I don't want to give the plot away because it would take away the pleasure of how the plot unfolds. Suffice it to say that this is one book you should read because once you start it you won't be able to put it down. Andrew Wareham has written a classic that should be made into a movie.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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Tom Andrews, a young man in dire straights, sets out to make his fortune. Since there’s no one to explain to him that it can’t be done he sets a course and succeeds in becoming wealthy even beyond his dreams. His travels through the world of commerce is written so well that it could be a roadmap for others who don’t or won’t take no for an answer. A book that does not depend on sex and violence to keep its readers enthralled from beginning to end. Tom Andrews is a character that will be long remembered.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A gripping and fascinating book April 27, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
A very well written book that I get totally absorbed in with great plots and twists. What a delightful read.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Young Man Makes Good On Stolen Funds June 7, 2014
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Interesting only in the sense that it does a fairly good job of telling what England was like at the end of the 18th century. Character development is nearly non-existent. Thankfully I got it as a freebie. I won't be reading the follow ups.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something to really get your teeth into April 23, 2014
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Superb plot and excellent character development against a brilliantly researched historical backdrop. Something to really get your teeth into. Five extremely well deserved stars from me!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I downloaded this book with apprehension as i have never heard of the author and i must admit that once i started reading the book I could not put the Kindle down before i had finished it
This gives a great insight what a surprise a person can have from an, to me, "unknown " author
I have now bought the next book in the series and intend buying all the books as the are very good value for money and have n excellent continuous story line
Barry
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Young Man makes his way at the end of the 18th Century
A very good historical read. The author brings alive what is was like in England and America in the late 1700's. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Kenneth R. Velten
2.0 out of 5 stars I'd skip it
I didn't ''hate''it but found it boring and not very well connected.
Published 6 days ago by P. Wright
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting tale.
Interesting tale. It reads much like a memoir and is sedately paced. I thought it came off as historically accurate, with quite a bit of detail. Read more
Published 9 days ago by word addicted
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read!!
A very good look at time long gone bye. Enjoyed the style of writing remembered some books long ago read. Look forward to book two and three.
Published 9 days ago by virginia dipuma
4.0 out of 5 stars The Privateersman
If you are patient enough to get through all the descriptions, you may enjoy the story. I found myself rereading a lot of things. The chapters were quite long. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Let's Read
3.0 out of 5 stars A good beginning...
Starts off good, then turns into a yarn about success at business in industrial England. I really enjoyed the at-sea part and regretted the latter.
Published 9 days ago by Leonard Cecil
4.0 out of 5 stars Great value
Another lucky kindle freebie recommended based on my historical reading kick. This was quite an enjoyable read, in spite of some definite pace problems. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Unassuming Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars The Journey of a Poor Man
A quick, great read. The author captures the spirit of the times both for the people and this period in history. Read more
Published 14 days ago by studebhawk
3.0 out of 5 stars Tell Privateer
Enjoyed the quick wit and the man,s ability to adapt to any situation. He is loyal to his close friends and admires honest, hard workers. Living in that time was hard.
Published 21 days ago by Rosemary Rathbun
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent reading.
Published 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
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