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Sea Captain's Promise [Kindle Edition]

Joyce A. Scott , Micah Hansen
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Book Description

If you’ve lost yourself, you need someone else to show you the way home.

When Thomas Quinn is eight-years-old, he asks a promise of an Irish sea captain: "If ever I should become like me father will you dunk me under the water 'til I cannot breathe? Will you, sir, please?"

The captain agrees.

Ten years later, Thomas is a womanizer, a thief and a drunk, who remembers a promise, but doesn't know what it was about or who it was with.

While flirting with a young woman in the Galway marketplace, he is accosted by her grandfather. The man is gruff with him and knows too much about him.
Afraid, Thomas runs and goes on a drunken binge with his friend, Farrell. Late that night, they are knocked out by someone wielding a club.

When Thomas wakes, he finds himself tied to a ship’s yardarm by his ankles and dunked over and over into Galway Bay until he cannot breathe. Only then does he learn the young woman’s grandfather is the captain of the ship.

Kidnapped and taken out to sea, Thomas fights with the sailors, steals ale from the hold, runs from a battle with a female pirate and falls in love with the captain’s granddaughter.

But it isn't until he finds out who he really is that Thomas’ restless soul finds its way home.

Product Details

  • File Size: 422 KB
  • Print Length: 165 pages
  • Publisher: Joyce A Scott (December 24, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HD5VOQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,482 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No ending?? January 25, 2013
By Cindie
Format:Kindle Edition
I liked the book. It was interesting and I was caught up in the story well enough. The fact that there was no ending brings my rating to a two star. It would be much better if the authors would not set the book up as needing a sequel and then never delivering one...
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Promise Kept Leads to Adventure April 10, 2011
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"Would you make me a promise," a young boy asks the sea captain, "If ever I should become like me father, will you dunk me under the water until I cannot breathe." However, ten years later the boy is Thomas, a petty thief and drunk. That promise is but a faded childhood memory when he, and his vagrant friend Farrell, are shanghaied onto a ship.

Set around the time of the Revolutionary War, the dialogue is written in the dialect of the time and includes much of the jargon of the sea. In some novels, this can get in the way of the story, but here the author does a nice balance of modern English, dialect and jargon.

Thomas and Farrell are both multi-faceted characters with some good and, at the start of the story, many bad qualities. Farrell quickly adjusts to the sea, but Thomas resists. The slow evolution of his character is the focus of the novel. The other characters are well defined, but less explored. Perhaps in a sequel we will see more of them.

Joyce Scott is a Christian and her faith is reflected in a couple of the characters in the story. However, while her faith is lightly sprinkled throughout the novel, it remains an adventure story, with a just a hint of romance.

For full disclosure, I should mention that Joyce is a friend and I read and critiqued parts of the manuscript. However, when she announced the publication I eagerly bought and read the novel. I would not have reviewed the story if I had not enjoyed it. The ending clearly sets up for a sequel which I have not seen but look forward to reading.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 exciting day reading get away for me August 27, 2011
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I was lucky enough to read the review of your book in the Centralia Chronicle several months ago. Much to my surprise, I met your husband at the doctor's office and he noticed I was reading the Kindle. He asked how I liked it and I informed him I had over 450 books already in my library. He told me about your book and I was so excited to read it, that I ordered it while he was at his appointment. I was already reading chapter 5 when he came out, by the end of the day I had completed the book, by using the audio while I was canning. You have a great talent to make the characters come to life and a passion to keep the book moving rapidly through the pages. I hope to see (and hear) more of you and your books in the future. Great job Joyce!!!! From a fellow Lewis County reader.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to the sequal February 15, 2011
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On a voyage to Ireland, an 8-year-old Thomas asks captain
McDonnell to make him a promise. Jump forward ten years and Thomas is
a lazy, philandering drunk, always short on money and not above
stealing from a child. Just like his father. Broke and looking for a
good time Thomas is rebuffed by a captivating young woman and thus
sets in motion a promise that, for him, is an all but forgotten

Set roughly sometime in the eighteen hundreds this is a story
of redemption the hard way. After a night of drunkenness with his
friend Farrel, they are shanghaied onto the ship the Minstrel Anne.
While Farrell accepts his situation, Thomas fights with the men on
board and against the work he has been ordered to do. He is flogged
for cowardice while the ship was attacked by pirates.

Thomas and the captain along with most of the characters and
events were well developed and believable. It was an enjoyable read, I
am looking forward to the sequel.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Promised a little more January 31, 2013
By Alli
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The book was overall a good read, and did an excellent job of immersing the reader into a world of sailors and the sea. The only thing I didn't enjoy was that the book could have gone into so much more detail with the plot line, and the ending left many of the plot points seemingly unresolved. It's great for a quick read, but the short length will probably leave you wishing it had left you with a little more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dull ending February 8, 2013
By vkm
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The story line was good but the characters were too simple. The ending was non eventful and there to prepare you for the next book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Left Dangling May 30, 2014
By Tam
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The story ends abruptly and I wanted more. Most of the book is spent developing Thomas's character, his change from teenage rogue to potential upstanding young man. The author missed the boat (pun intended) by not continuing the story of this transformation, it seems like the final chapter of the book was omitted. Furthermore, to write with an Irish accent requires more than a few ' me boys ' tossed into the mix.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved It, Except for the Ending March 7, 2013
By Ashley
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The book was very exciting! Lots of action, with twists and turns and surprises. A mystery, adventure, and romance all put together into one! I really got into this book. The ending, however, disappointed me. It almost seemed unfinished, like there should have been something more. It seems like there should be a sequel, but I can't find one.
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Published 1 month ago by vanadk
3.0 out of 5 stars a good book but not great
Ok but not the most enjoyable book. I felt I couldn't really get into the characters as much as I would have liked. But still a good book and finished it quickly
Published 3 months ago by Manderk
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I recommend this book. It's a good one about finding oneself and becoming a better person.

But what the characters were feeling didn't reach me. Read more
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This was a really good book!! I like adventures and this one really delivers.
Published 7 months ago by Frickmom
5.0 out of 5 stars ... this book on line so don't know if I liked it or not
Just ordered this book on line so don't know if I liked it or not.
Published 8 months ago by Kathy
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Fun story line.
Published 9 months ago by Linda M S
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I really enjoyed this read, but the end seemed a bit rushed. Things go along, they fight off the pirate, the end. Read more
Published 10 months ago by K. Mayes
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As a child and teenager, I sat high in our backyard willow tree after school. Swayed in the branches by a warm, summer wind, I read all kinds of books, from children's favorites to teenage novels. And it was there, held by the book's spells, I knew I wanted to be a writer.

I worked on my high school newspaper and took English courses in college, then fell in love and married. But it wasn't until our sons were raised that I took the beginning and advanced correspondence courses from the Institute of Children's Literature based in West Redding, Connecticut. That was when my writing career began. The Institute taught me the discipline required of writers: hard work, diligence and perseverance. After I finished the courses, I wrote several books, attended numerous conferences, and learned everything I could about the craft of writing. But after nineteen years I was frustrated at statements from editors, publishers, and agents: "Your writing is wonderful. It's some of the best we've seen. It just doesn't fit our needs."

In 2008 I heard about Amazon's Kindle and knew I had found a miracle. It was a way to succeed on my own merits, not on someone else's decisions and I have never looked back. I wanted people to read my books and now they do. Thank you, Amazon for turning that young girl's dreams into reality. You guys rock!

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