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The Devil's Fire: A Pirate Adventure Novel [Kindle Edition]

Matt Tomerlin
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Book Description


Katherine Lindsay, the pampered young wife of a wealthy ship captain, has left her leisurely life in London to accompany her husband to America. So far their journey has been uneventful, even boring. But when ruthless pirates suddenly storm the ship to plunder her husband's riches, Katherine is one of the treasures they steal, sparking a bloody chain of events that will alter the course of piracy in the Caribbean forever.

Whisked aboard a fearsome brigantine named "Harbinger", she must contend with an ambitious pirate captain who wants her for his own, a sadistic quartermaster who firmly believes that women bring bad luck upon a ship, and a crew full of lustful miscreants. With no means of escape on the horizon, she quickly befriends a dashing young deckhand and a cowardly surgeon. As Katherine grows accustomed to life among pirates, she finds it increasingly difficult to resist her attraction to their wayward lifestyle and the thrill of high-seas adventure. But the memory of her dead husband weighs heavily on her conscience, and her rising guilt may prove to be the ultimate undoing of her kidnappers.

Pirate lovers will find no shortage of treachery, cutlass duels, ship battles, buried treasure and much, much more.

Editorial Reviews


"Pirates of the Caribbean for adults."
-L. Fitzgerald

"Tomerlin's novel takes our fictitious notion of what piracy was and keelhauls it completely. A story of what piracy really might have been, all the blood and gore included."
-Words That Stay Book Review

"This is a complex and no-holds barred pirate tale. It includes a somewhat twisted love story, and a whole lot of grit. And finally, FINALLY, a heroine who is a lady, yet truly tough as nails!"
-Julia DeBarrioz, author of Cazadora

"This is most definitely NOT your typical pirate kidnaps girl and they fall in love story!"
-A Book Junky's Obsession

"Game of Thrones on the High Seas!"
-S. Bogden

"Not your average pirate captive story...challenged my pop culture notions of Caribbean piracy..."
-Careful Consumer

"Surprisingly rich pirate novel"
-Louise L.C.

About the Author

Matt Tomerlin was born in 1979 in sunny Southern California. He currently specializes in historical fiction, and has released three novels taking place in the Golden Age of Piracy. He is hard at work on his fourth.

Product Details

  • File Size: 436 KB
  • Print Length: 301 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GL93LA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,416 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Game of Thrones on the high seas! March 23, 2013
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Gory, raw and and gripping with action! Took on a similar brutal telling of pirates in the way George R.R. Martin told of the brutal realities of royalty and war. Very well written and while they are constantly telling the story from different characters perspectives it was still very engaging and easy to follow. There is no happy endings but it doesn't matter because you still want to know what is going to happen next.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great adventure! December 18, 2012
By Cindy
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This is the best pirate adventure series I have read. I don't understand anybody giving this story less than 5 stars. A few of the 3 star reviews say it was dark, bloody, or gory. Well yes. But what do you expect from pirates? This is a great story with likable characters. It's an adventure where you feel like you're part of it. A story where you forget that you're reading a book. A book that when it is over you are left really pissed off because it just ended. Something that you were just so totally vested in and are left yelling NOOOOOOO! I can't wait for book 3. You won't be dissappointed!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your average pirate captive story December 12, 2012
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This book surprised me. It starts out like many somewhat cliched pirate romance stories do - a young woman is kidnapped by pirates and held against her will on their ship until she accepts her new life. But after that beginning it transforms into something quite different...

The chapters are told from the perspectives of different characters, of which there are five:

Katherine - the captured young woman, formerly the wife of a merchant captain.

Griffith - an old pirate captain, dreaming of a quiet retirement in the countryside where he can raise a family. Not having a wife to complete this picture, he, in typical pirate fashion, steals one for himself.

Livingstone - the sadistic, hard-as-nails ship quartermaster.

Nathan - an idealistic young American man who has run away from his wealthy family to live a life on the high seas.

Thatcher - the ship's surgeon, also being held aboard the ship and made to work for the pirates against his will.

There are a few other characters who get their own chapters, but they are quite minor. The result of the interplay between these five characters is a more richly textured story than the captain and captured woman back and forth I was expecting. That being said, I do wish we had had a bit more time inside Katherine's head, as she is the character that undergoes the most transformation, and at times that transformation seems a little rushed.

Something that also surprised me, and challenged my pop culture notions of Caribbean piracy was the democratic nature of the pirate crew. They vote on major decisions and the captain is elected. After a bit of hunting around online, I found that this aspect of the book is grounded in actual historical research, which was nice to see.
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38 of 47 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well written but dark, dark, dark May 2, 2012
By Jack
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I had a hard time digesting this book. The writing is very good, the descriptions of the ocean and the ships are well done, but this is a VIOLENT book. The main character changes from a woman who has some empathy to a woman who hates, kills, and cares little for the consequences of her actions on anybody but herself. The development of her character is wonderfully done, but the character she turns into is awful. Don't read this book before you go to bed unless you want to have some pretty dark dreams.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put it down! January 10, 2013
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This series is fantastic! Engrossing...I couldn't put it down... i read the first book before I knew it was a series. Loved it so much I immediately went out and bought next book and devoured it. Story is very detailed and not for overly sensitive people who love happy go lucky stories. There is blood and violence and a lot of it. There are strong characters and a fantastic writer like Matt Tomerlin just sucks you into this swashbuckling world...impatiently waiting for horizon!!! Thanks Matt for entertaining me like only Stephen King has been able to do so far:)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly rich pirate novel January 19, 2013
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With the ease of creating an ebook these days you never know if a new author is really good or not worth your time. Matt tomerlin is really good. Devils fire is a rich intricate tale with well developed characters, some you will love and some you will hate. Add to that the dose of history from some of the more well known pirates like Blackbeard and the men who fight them. The main character Katherine Lindsay is strong, smart, sexy and very unpredictable. Altogether a good read, worth your time.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating and Adventurous! December 19, 2012
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I was captivated until the very end. I cannot wait for the 3rd book! I love the continuous adventures and the varied characters. A great series!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible and unflinchingly written January 29, 2012
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You know when a book is simply incredible when you're thinking about it constantly. This book was absolutely amazing and my mind was on nothing else. It tells the tale of a woman whose unfortunate circumstances cause her to end up on a ship full of pirates. Tomerlin has unflinchingly written this novel with an interesting and attention-grabbing plot. It contains some scenes that are somewhat gruesome but they simply add to the irresistibility of turning the pages. The main character is extremely admirable and Tomerlin easily created a sense of each of the characters highlighting their unique individualities.
This honestly is the best book I read in a long while and I cannot wait for the next in the series to be released. This is a rare gem and I am so glad I found it. Now I'm off to buy Tomerlin's novella for my kindle!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Felt cliche. Stopped reading about halfway through.
Published 13 days ago by Jonathan Viehe
5.0 out of 5 stars Always been a fan of pirates so when I saw ...
Always been a fan of pirates so when I saw this on sale, it was a sure thought to buy it. As soon as I finished "The Devil's Fire", I immediately purchased "Tide"... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Neil Sobel
5.0 out of 5 stars can't wait for the next!
I'm so glad I found this series I finished them off so fast I'm so so ready for the next!!!
Published 22 days ago by historylover87
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple. Excellent.
I found this book by accident, and read it in three days. It is everything anyone interested in pirates is looking for in an adventure novel. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Michael
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark and Compelling
Pros: I liked the book because it portrayed a gritty, unromanticized view of pirating. The writing was good and it kept me turning the pages to see where the story would go next. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tammy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great series
Published 1 month ago by Jennifer Harmon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Aprilodum
5.0 out of 5 stars What a read!
Well written with the graphic harshness of the pirate life. Seeing this world through the eyes of each character keeps adding to the depth of this book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Leona Phillips
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it
Enjoyed the story line and the characters very much. Great work, Mr. Tomerlin! I will most definitely check out the other books in the series.
Published 2 months ago by BJ Wesling
5.0 out of 5 stars A pirate story without the candy coating
When it comes to self-published novels, you pays your money and you takes your chances. There is a lot of mediocre work out there, and a lot that's just plain bad, and the result... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mark Taylor
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Matt Tomerlin was born in 1979 in sunny Southern California. He currently specializes in historical fiction, and has released three novels taking place in the Golden Age of Piracy. He is hard at work on his fourth.

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