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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 300+ online 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: A Parade Of Virtue
Book Ten: Projected release date, mid - 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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Books In This Series (6 Books)
Complete Series


  • Product Details

    • File Size: 1471 KB
    • Print Length: 232 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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    • Word Wise: Enabled
    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,328 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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    49 of 54 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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    27 of 30 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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    22 of 24 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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    26 of 29 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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    16 of 18 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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    23 of 28 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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    10 of 11 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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    16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Something to really get your teeth into April 23, 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition
    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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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars Historical Fiction, 18th Century England, Growth of Industrialization,...
    A Review by Anthony T. Riggio of the book “The Privateerisman (A Poor Man at the Gate series – Book 1) written by Andrew Wareham 5-28-15

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    Published 8 minutes ago by Anthony T. Riggio
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good historical fiction
    Enjoyed the story that told a lot about England back in the American Revolutionary times. I purchased the second book in the series to carry on the story and am enjoying it as... Read more
    Published 2 days ago by Jim B
    5.0 out of 5 stars From Pirate to Gentleman
    This almost seemed like two books, the first a swashbuckling adventure with lots of excitement, then a more staid and very expository study of England's genesis as an industrial... Read more
    Published 4 days ago by Amy
    3.0 out of 5 stars OKAY
    Interesting if a bit pedestrian. A nice view of a society in transition. Good enough for me to purchase the second in the series.
    Published 8 days ago by John Donohue
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good start to a well thought out story
    A well balanced history and story is the real gem of this read. The old saying of right place at the right time works well for the main characters. Read more
    Published 8 days ago by MGK
    4.0 out of 5 stars A great refresher read
    A great refresher read.
    Published 9 days ago by Robert M. Schofield
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Very well researched and written. Look forward to the next one
    Published 11 days ago by dan kline
    3.0 out of 5 stars GOOD STORY WAY TOO MUCH DESCRIPTION OF MANY SCENARIOS.
    I enjoyed the story and the characters. I purchased book 2 in the series only because I wanted to see what becomes of the characters. I will not buy any more. Read more
    Published 11 days ago by lucy
    4.0 out of 5 stars This book kept me interested from start to finish.
    This book kept me interested from start to finish! I enjoyed the main characters but they could have used more development. Read more
    Published 12 days ago by Dolores Lynch
    4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story. A little slow reading in parts.
    Interesting story .A little slow reading in parts.
    Published 12 days ago by Pat Cammarano
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