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Suspend Your Disbelief and go for a fun cruise with Danny and Marsha. A fun adventure and not anymore unbelievable than James Bond.  --- Amazon reviewer Patricia Kenworthy

"Ken Rossignol's Marsha and Danny Jones shipboard suspense series provide us insights into the inner circles of both the industry and security measures of major cruise ships as well as a rip-roaring, non-stop conflict and resolution. Rossignol keeps the reader's neck on the chopping block and fingers flipping pages." -- Robert W. Walker, author of Titanic 2012 & Bismarck 2013. Robert W Walker Books.com

"Are cruise passengers bored to tears? Not on the Sea Empress. All manner of mayhem strikes as soon as Marsha and Danny Jones hire on as security."  - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Well, you want my opinion about "The Privateer Clause" by Ken Rossignol? It's a dandy! One of those novels where you just want to turn off the television for an hour or so, for maybe a week or 10 days straight, and just immerge yourself into life on a cruise ship.
But it isn't calm for long, and that's the difference between the ocean cruise one might expect and the ocean cruise Mr Rossignol gives you. - Doug Gourley

From the Author

Enjoying cruises and travel is a big part of our lives as my wife and I have taken more than ten cruises in the past year all over the world as I entertain folks on ships with tales of pirates, the Bermuda Triangle, the story of the people and tragedy of the Titanic as well as other stories in maritime history.

Those who enjoy murder stories might catch a viewing of Motives & Murders - A Body in the Bay, on the Discovery ID channel in which I was interviewed about the murder of Nancy Manni, which I covered for three years in my newspaper. The murder took place in 1993 and in 2012 Discovery Channel brought this story to life, describing the task police faced in tracking down the killer of this young woman.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453641475
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453641477
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,737,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

The newest books by Ken Rossignol include two volumes of Pirate Trials. Pirate Trials: Dastardly Deeds & Last Words and Pirate Trials: Hung by the Neck Until Dead reveal the details of the actual trials of pirates in England, Scotland, Canada and the United States; Klan: Killing America and Bank of Crooks & Criminals and all of them deal with true crime.
As a maritime history speaker, Rossignol enjoys meeting audiences around the world and discussing the original news stories of the sinking of the RMS Titanic and other maritime history topics.
Rossignol has appeared on ships in the Pacific, Atlantic, Mediterranean and Caribbean discussing the stories of the heroes of the Titanic, the explorations of the new world voyagers, the Bermuda Triangle and the history of piracy.
Rossignol appears at the Titanic Museum Attractions in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and Branson, Missouri for book signings and to talk with visitors about the RMS Titanic.
He has appeared on Good Morning America, ABC 20/20; ABC World News Tonight and in a 2012 production of Discovery Channel Investigation Motives & Murders Series, A Body in the Bay.
News coverage of Rossignol's landmark civil rights case, represented by Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz re: United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Rossignol v Voorhaar, 2003, included articles in most major news outlets, as well as a column by syndicated columnist James J. Kilpatrick.
The story of the St. Mary's Today newspaper is now available in ebook and paperback: The Story of THE RAG! The book includes nearly 200 editorial cartoons that appeared over the years.
A strong highway safety advocate, Rossignol also publishes the DWIHitParade.com which focuses on impaired driving and the monthly publication, The Chesapeake.
News coverage of Rossignol's DWIHitParade won an Emmy in 2012 for WJLA reporter Jay Korff and coverage of the St. Mary's Today newspaper by WUSA reporter Bruce Leshan was awarded an Emmy in 2000.

Customer Reviews

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By JoJo431 on August 15, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I was disappointed in this book.I appreciated the fast pace of the book and while I agree there was plenty of action, there was no resolution. We never found out who or what was behind the terrorist attacks...was it one group or was it a series of unbelievable coincidences? I did not find much to like about the main characters. Both top-notch US government security employees, they struck me as cartoonish in that they would snap the neck of a terrorist while sipping a tropical drink. This book was obviously lead-in to a series, but I will not read the next book in the series. I would be afraid that I would invest time in reading the sequel only to be left hanging with no conclusions or explanations...again. I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 30, 2011
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This book is a fast paced action packed adventure on the Caribbean Seas, BUT it is all over the place plot wise. What should have been a nice relaxing 7 day cruise to the Caribbean for Danny and Marsha Jones turned into on-the-job training when pirates/terrorists decide that their ship, Sea Empress, is next. But the author never explains why Sea Empress was the target of so many attacks. The author provides great action sequences and keeps the suspense rolling, but does not do a very good job of explaining the timeline. The author develops backstory's for some of the "terrorists" when he is introducing them, but doesn't develop backstory's for most of the main characters. I was very confused by some of the character interactions on and off the cruise line because author does not make his timeline very clear. Multiple cruises take place using the same cruise ship, same port of calls, and same characters over six months time, but it just seems like one very long cruise to me. Because of the confusing timeline, i would recommend this book be read all at once. I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it. I know I said alot of negative things, but I did enjoy the book and plan on reading the sequel. Maybe by then the author will have his timeline issues worked out :)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Frank on September 6, 2011
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I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
I enjoyed about the first half of the story. The premise was current and believable; the interaction of the main characters, Danny and Marsha Jones, was entertaining. But as I got further into the book the plot became predicable and, for me, boring. Yes, there was non-stop action and suspense and crisis after crisis - but no real in-depth plot. And, with all the Hi-Tech gear and experienced security agents on board, most of the events could have been avoided, it seems.

One of my favorite parts was reading about the Caribbean ports of call and the "Sea Days" on the Sea Empress.

If you don't want to have to think too much but like action, suspense and "Cruising" - this may be a book you will like!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Vicki Baldwin - Author on November 20, 2011
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I was a little disappointed in this book. It seemed that the author had included several short stories (cruises) in one book. They all followed the same theme with pirates attacking each cruise. The setup also seemed to be similar in each. The first cruise kept my interest but the others seemed to be very repetitive. I kept reading hoping to find each cruise would add to the story in the first cruise and become more exhilarating but that never happened.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By DBW86 on December 13, 2011
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Great first effort at fiction! The author has selected a refreshingly new location/environment in which his story takes place. His characters are solid, down to earth people centered around a husband and wife with very interesting backgrounds in law enforcement and the Secret Service. The interaction between them and the other characters is interesting. They remind me a little of the old Nick and Nora mysteries of the 30's and 40's but more down to earth and deadly professionals. The pace is fast and the threats unceasing from beginning to end. The action occurs on and around a US cruise ship out of Florida down in the islands. Just when you think the threats have finished another one appears that is even more dangerous until an ending that will surprise you! If you like fiction, the sea, mysteries and terrorists then this book will be a very enjoyable read for you and it all takes place in our current period of time.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gus Philpott on October 23, 2011
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From a guy who has never been on a cruise, now I'm ready! Rossignol gave me a good intro what to expect. He didn't need to serve up each course of a meal to get my mouth watering for the whole cruise experience. The story moves along swiftly and skims smoothly from incident to incident. Looking forward to the next book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard S. Friedman on October 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
"Cruising has never been so dangerous. Join Marsha and Danny Jones, both retired law officers, as they go on their first cruise and end up working for Black & Perkins providing security for the Seven Seas Company and their fleet of cruise ships.
One threat after another is faced all over the Caribbean as this husband and wife team take them all on and win more than they lose."

Yes,-Cruising has never been so dangerous- in the superb new thriller, The Privateer Clause, by Ken Rossignol, but in the hands of so very talented a writer as Mr. Rossignol, Cruising has never been so thrilling, so very intriqing and so very expertly used as a plot device.

Mr. Rossignol is a master at the art of character and dialogue - as The Privateer Clause is populated by a whole array of of characters, each personality so very well defined by their give and take with each other. The action truly pops from the pages, as Marsha and Danny Jones, the novel's main protagonists become involved in one twist after another. The book never slows down, and yet the pace is an ideal fit for the plot, a true credit to Mr. Rossignol, as the reader is able to gain a personal perspective on each character amid all the action, no small feat.

There is almost an Agatha Christie aspect to this fine thriller, in that the cast of characters are so diverse, each have their own "Baggage" (Pun..yes!!), from nefarious businessmen, various law enforcement agents, pirates and even a Rabbi and his wife, The Privateer Clause provides everything a reader hopes for in a thriller- plently of twists, distinct characters and most important, an overall story that takes the reader along on a cruise they will not soon forget!

A JAMES MASON COMMUNITY VOOK CLUB MUST READ

RICK FRIEDMAN
FOUNDER
THE JAMES MASON COMMUNITY BOOK CLUB
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