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However, a lot of them can be a bit PG 13.
Many of these reviews mention that there is too much sex. This is a realistic book about PIRATES. Gold, sex and the sea are their main priorities. If you cannot handle detailed descriptions of these kinds of encounters, then I suggest a different series. If you are looking for a love story, I suggest a different series.
I absolutely loved this first book, I just ordered the second one and I'm super excited to read it.
A great thing about this distributor is that I had this book within 3 days on standard shipping.
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.
The writing style is action-based and fast paced. There is a LOT of gory description in this book, which may turn off some readers, but I only found it tedious at one point (where the description of a battle had just gone on too long, with one gory death after another). Sexual acts are also described, but the book is certainly not sexy or romancy in any way.
Overall - it was fun to read a fresh take on a somewhat tired literary cliche.
The characters are all morally vague; everyone has some selfish ambition to fulfill and you'll find yourself cringing at many of the decisions they make.
I enjoyed the overall story and wanted to know what would happen next, even though I was sometimes disappointed or disturbed by the characters. It would have been nice to have one redeeming character though...like the popular Game of Thrones Series, you'll find that the surviving characters are also worthy of being detested.