- Series: Devil's Fire
- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: Matt Tomerlin (August 8, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615916503
- ISBN-13: 978-0615916507
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 275 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,333,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Devil's Fire: A Pirate Adventure Novel Paperback – August 8, 2011
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About the Author
Matt Tomerlin was born in 1979 in sunny Southern California. He currently specializes in historical fiction, and has released four novels taking place in the Golden Age of Piracy.
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This could be the beginning of a romance novel or a swashbuckling adventure; instead, Tomerlin spins a violent and bloody tale about people fighting to survive and prosper in a harsh and greedy world. The story shifts points of view between Katherine, Griffith, Livingston (the psychotic quartermaster), and Nathan Lane, a young American who volunteered to become a pirate when his father's merchant ship was boarded. Katherine, who starts out as a woman of no particular quality or consequence, turns out to have a talent for survival and a toughness which rivals that of the men around her.
This is not a tale for the faint of heart. While I rarely thought the bloody action was gratuitious, there is a lot of it, and there are several ugly deaths. What I liked about the book was the quality of the characterizations and the sense that Tomerlin did his homework. This is the most realistic pirate novel I've ever read, even if Katherine's fortitude and luck edge into the extrordinary.
The other thing I like about this novel is that Katherine is not a particularly likeable person. She has our sympathy due to her circumstances, but she is not presented as being especially noble, compassionate, idealistic, tender, or any of the other classic heroine's traits. What she is is interesting, and by the end of the book I absolutely want to read the next volume in the series to find out what she's going to do next.
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.
I found the characters interesting, as well as their interactions. Most of it seemed pretty plausible, although the very concept of the pirates capturing Lady Katherine and keeping her aboard her ship in the manner which they do... a bit of it seems unlikely, although a bit believable. I found myself going from pitying Katherine to rooting for her, to being sick of her and wanting her to be killed off and be done with her. The way the book transitions from the points of view of the characters is handled decently enough- each chapter is mostly focused on one person, but the shift in focus happens in a cohesive manner that keeps the story flowing. Even without the chapter breaks it would continue flowing just as well.
Some storylines will pull at your heartstrings (Nathan mostly, and even Captain Griffith after a while), which seemed unexpected to me.
My only main criticism of the book was that it seemed to get needlessly caught up in describing conversations or people's thoughts, which made it feel lacking in terms of the passage of time. While the story spans a year's time, in many ways it reads as though it's only a few weeks or months. I think the primary reason it feels this way is because sometimes in the same chapter, the very next paragraph will start and be a jump of weeks or months, completely out of the blue, leaving gaps of time. That aside, it was a very well-written story- I'm only giving it 3 stars because the first third or so of the book felt more like a chore to read and didn't really grab my interest (the last 3rd was much more captivating to me), the odd passage of time was a bit jarring in some ways, and the ending did not tie up as well as I really wanted for certain characters, and that really bugs me.
I will not be reading the rest of the trilogy.