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Jake Hawking & the Bounty Hunters: A Jake Hawking Adventure Collection Paperback – March 18, 2014
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About the Author
J.M. AUCOIN is the product of when a five-year-old boy who fell in love with reruns of Guy William’s Zorro grows into a mostly functional adult. He now spends his time writing swashbucklers and historical adventure stories, and has an (un)healthy obsession with The Three Musketeers. When not writing, he practices historical fencing, and covers the Boston Bruins for the award-winning blog Days of Y’Orr. He lives in Heraldwolf’s Stone with his fiancée Kate, and their dire-beagle, Rex. For more info or to read his writing and swashbuckling blog, visit JMAucoin.com.
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With that said, the short stories in this collection were fantastic. Mr. Aucoin's words paint a vivid imagery of Jake Hawking, Little Queen and the world that encompasses them. If you're a fan of the "pirate genre" or a fan of well written stories than this collection is for you.
I purchased the paperback edition and the build of the book itself is top notch. The binding is sturdy and everything looks great. It is a welcomed collection in my library.
I'm not going to go into a review of the stories themselves because I don't want to ruin the experience for anyone. For the price, you're getting three well-written stories in a wonderfully designed paperback.
The author of this short story collection avoids those traps and focuses on telling stories, which made this collection more engaging to a non-fan like me. The prose invokes the feel of historical fiction but does not let it bog down the narrative, which keeps the pacing brisk, and provides enough detail to effectively create the setting and set the atmosphere, but is not so laden with nautical jargon or period speech -- two other pitfalls common of the genre -- that the stories are rendered inaccessible to the average reader.
The book also treats the characters and the nature of piracy in a more realistic fashion, and never feels like a cheesy Hollywood interpretation of piracy, which is refreshing in and of itself.
Overall this is a solid introduction to the characters and their world, and was enjoyable and entertaining. Readers who tend to avoid historical fiction should find this collection a light, fun read, and a nice alternative to the overly serious and joyless entries that dominate the genre.
Although each short story is available on its own for purchase, the addition of a few extra short pieces here, along with the time and care dedicated to creating this book, makes this collection the superior purchase. In fact, even if you read these stories via the Kindle, I think it is worth it to pick up the paperback, because it is very well designed and laid out.
If there is a quibble about this book, it is that you'll read through it too quickly, and be hungry for more. Hopefully we'll see additional - and longer - works from the author soon. This collection is a nice appetizer combo platter, but it definitely needs to be followed by a more substantial main course.