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The Devil's Fire: A Pirate Adventure Novel Paperback – August 8, 2011
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"Tomerlin's novel takes our fictitious notion of what piracy was and keelhauls it completely."
"NOT your typical pirate kidnaps girl and they fall in love story!"
"Not your average pirate captive story...challenged my pop culture notions of Caribbean piracy..."
"Surprisingly rich pirate novel"
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.
The Devil's Fire is one of those gems. This book is well plotted, beautifully written, nicely edited, and correctly formatted. As a self-published author myself, I know how difficult it is to get all of that right, and I appreciate it when someone does.
The characters are well-drawn and believable. The action sequences are nerve-wracking and sometimes gruesome, but come off as authentic. The plot unfolds organically, racing along as it switches back and forth between character arcs, and I have to admit that the ending took me completely by surprise.
Matt Tomerlin's meteoric rise to the top of the charts proves that the first step to success is to generate a quality product. I'm encouraged by it, and also insanely jealous.
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