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The Gunner's Daughter - A historical satire and adventure Kindle Edition

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Dartmouth, MA - Many authors use their first novel to test the literary waters. However, to debut author Michael Misiolek, a  novella can be just as bold, raw and captivating.

The Gunner's Daughter is a historical satire blending romance and swashbuckling adventure. Set in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, this pre-revolutionary tale of ignorance and reason is shrewdly influenced by an enclave of well-educated African slaves who set the standard for high continental style, culture, and dynasty. It is not an expose of graphic blood and gore, but of the emotional torture people put themselves through to maintain their status and social position in society. While fictional, the work remains true to the narrative of the period.

The novella has garnered a consistent buzz on the net. Even the screenplay version received a favorable review by Gordy Hoffman.

"The writing in this story was really strong," Hoffman noted. "The dialogue was excellent - true to the period, unique for each character and intelligent." "On the whole this was a very well-written story with some good characters and strong scenes."

Even with the promise of success at hand, the author refuses to lose sight of what is really important.

"It's the chemistry between well-defined characters that paints a compelling narrative. If you don't care about the people, you won't care about their story." "I believe my novella achieves this and I urge readers to get a copy."

About the Author

About the Author:
A lifelong resident of Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

Master of Arts Degree
University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, MA.
Major: Professional Writing (Fiction / Screenplays)

I've been banging my head against the wall for the past twenty years trying to build a career as a screenplay writer. All the heavy hitters these days have their own production companies staffed by in-house writers. It's a tough market to break into without good contacts, especially if you're on the wrong coast. So I thought I'd try my hand at writing a novella. Usually, a writer starts off with a book, then options it as a screenplay.

I did it backwards. My work came from an unsold screenplay converted to a novella. It requires a different toolkit, but if you think about it as an outline all you need to do is fill in the details. It's a historical satire, but I still wanted it to be historically accurate.

Product Details

  • File Size: 350 KB
  • Print Length: 100 pages
  • Publication Date: January 15, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B1V1B5U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,561,515 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By paula on August 29, 2013
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story very well told counld't put the book down.love the way it talks about mass. and about the ocean and captain and ship
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In the description for this book, the author describes the story as originating from an unsold screenplay. As someone who has dipped his feet in the waters of screenwriting on more than one occasion, I can tell you that it's not easy. You need to have a good ear for dialogue, and this is where "The Gunner's Daughter" really excels. The dialogue is sharp, satirical, and witty. It never feels forced or contrived in any way, and it flows naturally. While other reviewers here might have had a problem with a lack of detailed scenes, I thought it was a highlight. Much more can be conveyed with a few simple words of dialogue than pages and pages of unnecessary description. What really amazed me, however, was how effectively he captured the feel of 1771 New England. You really feel pulled into that world, along with all the sights, sounds, smells, and the language of that time. I highly recommend this book and hopefully will see it on the big screen someday.
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The Gunner's Daughter was a quick, interesting read for me. The author provided a lot of sensory details that made it easy to picture a pre-Revolutionary America. However, there wasn't but the slightest hint of romance and it was confusing at that. Also, the story line was hard to follow at times, and the plot jumped around a lot. Overall, because of it's vibrant descriptions, I enjoyed reading this novella, but I wish it would've had a dash (well maybe a heaping spoonful) more romance.
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Billed as a "historical satire blending romance and swashbuckling adventure", The Gunner's Daughter didn't quite live up to this descriptive portrayal. Not only was there very limited romance, and the swashbuckling that was included happened so fast that I nearly missed it. Aside from the lack of swashbuckling and the romance that would be rate G by the classification and rating administration, the entire novella was confusing. It took me nearly half of the novella to get the characters straight. It was never really clear as to the purpose of the slaves, and the sudden appearance of the King's soldiers, Lord Prefect and Lieutenant Clark. There are a number of passages that describe the scenes in short, concise sentences that lends to the authors screenwriting background. Unfortunately, when writing a piece of fiction, scene descriptions need to be more detailed to really capture the reader and draw them into the story. Even though this novella is only $0.99 I would recommend saving your money.
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The Gunner's Daughter, while claiming to blend romance and swashbuckling adventure, fell short of its title's promises. Though set in historical America, the sprinkling of anachronisms throughout distracted from the old-world feel created by the historical allusions and antiquated speech. That Erik was "way out of his league" while dueling the Major or that the cabinet maker's head was "kicked like a soccer ball" prevented the world from becoming fully formed or revealed through this work.

As a historical satire, though the story was an entertaining read. The cast of static characters, the Reverend, Audrey, the Blacksmith (and the mob), and especially the Lord Prefect, all worked to enhance the satirical elements of the story. The best example id the Lord Prefect who, in a somewhat deus-ex-machina ending, offhandedly condemns the Blacksmith, evicts a good portion of the town, and imprisons the Reverend on a whim. The man purported to be the embodiment of justice executes a whimsical spree of judgments that shows his authority and position as utterly ridiculous.

While the story never fully realized its goal of historicity and never quite achieved a level of adventure that could truly be called "swashbuckling" nor an intriguing romantic element, as a quick-read it was an enjoyable light satire of the colonial years of American history.

On a rainy day, if you're cuddled up in bed with your kindle, this book is an enjoyable light-hearted satire that reads quickly and will bring far more pleasure than just turning on the TV and is less of a commitment than trying to tackle a full novel.

All in all, better than a 3 but not quite a 4. This book is a 3.5.
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