- File Size: 1348 KB
- Print Length: 252 pages
- Publisher: Endeavour Press (January 19, 2017)
- Publication Date: January 19, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MS9K17F
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,014,692 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Freedom's Pilgrim Kindle Edition
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Philips was a real person. The basis for this book comes from a 40-page historical narrative, in a large, 16th century compilation by Richard Hakluyt, largely intended to romanticize England and her place in the New World. Omitted from the record were any of Philips’ experiences that did not properly glorify England.
Freedom’s Pilgrim is Edward James’ effort to fill in the blanks of Philips’ life with plausible fiction. The story is a compelling adventure. It paints a vivid picture of what life might have been like in New Spain, from silver mines to rancherias to native settlements. You see how easily a person of no means -- on either side of the Atlantic -- could be pressed into military service, forced labor, or outright slavery… and how individuals or targeted minorities could run afoul of the Spanish Inquisition. And, a primary motivation for the Inquisition appeared to be conscription of forced labor!
Having consumed my share of pirate fare, I’m used to following the attacking crew members’ efforts. Here, it was a nice change to be on board with Miles, as his ship and crew twice had to repel boarders and resist takeover. I appreciated the strategies employed, as well as an acknowledgement I might long have expected: “Bringing a ship alongside another and boarding over the gunwales is tricky, a deliberate collision that always damages both vessels.”
I found the beginning of the book to be somewhat confusing. References to St. Juan and San Juan -- one place or two? Puerto Rico? Miles was recovering from an injury sustained in battle at San Juan. The cannon he was firing had exploded. He was drifting in and out of consciousness, remembering his childhood in England, and having flashbacks to events in Africa. Miles came round soon enough, as did my grasp of the story.
Along with the story, I was getting used to some typographical oddities with the Kindle text. Paragraphs are only indented 1 ½ characters, and, single quotation marks are used throughout, where there should be double quotes. The former made the text a bit harder to follow, and the latter made for confusion when encountering contractions or possessives in dialog.
There were other minor errors throughout, including several passages where a smattering of question marks punctuated non-questions.
This book is so good, that I hope not to put off potential readers with mention of problems. But, to the author: Come on! Some cleanup would behoove you. As of this writing, even your own blurb on the Amazon listing tends to muddle the timeline with regard to San Juan, Miles’ dreams, travel from Africa to the West Indies, and more. AND, you’ve misspelled “Philips” by adding an extra “L”, as was done 2 times out of 18, in the book itself.
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