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The Pirate of Panther Bay Paperback – December 1, 2006
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This adventurous tale takes a circuitous journey that remains true to the real world of pirates and Spain s desire to reign over the New World. --Pirates & Privateers Newsletter
A grand high-seas adventure any teen would love; many adults as well. Non-stop action and adventure highlight the story as we learn a little history as well as become close acquaintances of Isabella and her crew. The heartwarming love story is a nice touch and does not detract from the main plotline as Isabella and her crew aspires to be the Scourge of the Spanish Main . The brilliant descriptive powers of author, S.R. Staley allows the reader to step back into bygone days and feel the intense emotions as the sword fights and cannon fire fuel the imagination. This reader would very easily recommend The Pirate of Panther Bay to anyone who loves a grand pirate adventure. Very nice blend of history and adventure! --youngadultromancewriters.com
Part adventure story, part history lesson, but 100 percent pirate. Staley has crafted a tale that will stir your emotions and your mind. Whether you're young or old, The Pirate of Panther Bay will forever change the way you think about buccaneers. --Tim Bete, author, Guide to Pirate Parenting
A swashbuckling tale of piracy, action, and romance, The Pirate of Panther Bay is a well-researched and entertaining trip into that same rum-soaked world which Disney has so recently popularized. It will surely entertain anyone with a zeal for pirate tales, even though there is no buried treasure involved. The romance is treated delicately enough to allow young adult readers to enjoy the story as well as adults, and there are enough sword-and-cutlass battles to excite anyone. In addition, the detail with which S. R. Staley describes the various types, styles, and weaponry of the ships, the swordsmanship and tactics of the numerous battles, and the complex observations into the intricate relations of the Spanish, French, English, and colonial natives, is sure to strike home with history buffs as well. Though the book is slim, the characters are well-realized and have enough depth to keep the reader wondering what will happen next. Female readers will especially enjoy the strength shown by the main character, whose inspiring spirit is worthy even of Hollywood. Though the ending is brief, it is set well for a sequel, and it is easily possible to envision of series of books surrounding young Isabella's adventures. --Review by Christi McEntyre, Allbooks Review
Because of this lovelorn central character the book sometimes seems more romantic novel than adventure yarn, but S.R. Staley puts plenty of zip into the action sequences. He masterfully captures a sword fight, building tension it seems hard to believe possible short of seeing it on a huge movie screen There's fine description plus conspiracies and colorful characters galore, but what I liked best was the irony of the story. In the first half Isabella, herself a former Creole slave, holds the young Spanish man prisoner. In the following fifty pages she becomes his prisoner, exploring some interesting psychological implications about control in male female relationships. We are at sea, literally and figuratively, and like the green waves, this adventure tale suggests multiple depths. But not to worry, there is also the requisite, rousing pirate-finale. Will Isabella fulfill her mother's strange prophecy? Will the two enemies somehow unite? And what about the infamous Yellow Jacket? Robert Louis Stevenson would have loved this book. I sure did. --John Lehman, Bookreview.com
From the Publisher
This Caribbean swashbuckler is written for young adults, but full-grown pirates will find plenty of intrigue, adventure, and romance to rock their boat, too. The story follows the exploits of Isabella, an escaped slave from Hispaniola's sugar plantations as she tries to rally her motley band of pirates against pursuing Spanish pirate hunters. Her adventures force her to confront mutiny as well as ruthless rogue pirates who relish the idea of kiling one of the Caribbean's most notorious pirates. One reader says the "sword fights leave you breathless" and another says the "adventure and romance brings you in with each turn of the page". The Pirate of Panther Bay is the first in a series of five novels following the exploits of Isabella and Jean-Michel.
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Isabella's Creole heritage is a mix of African, English, and Spanish blood. Her dead mother's prophesy was that she would be a leader of people and drive the Spanish oppressors from the Caribbean. Is Isabella's ancestry part of the key to her destiny?
Female pirates, though rare, did exist, and the Pirate of Panther Bay pays tribute to the women who were strong enough to go toe-to-toe with men in combat, and to attack ships on the Spanish trade route in search of treasure, and in defiance of the oppressive colonial regime.
SR Staley excels at creating a strong, yet human, female protagonist, both in the Panther Bay series and in his thriller St. Nic, Inc.
Isabella's life may never be easy, but she rises to every challenge.
The book starts out when Isabella, the captain of the pirate ship "Marèe Rouge," is attempting to capture the "Ana Maria." When the "Ana Maria" is destroyed due to a mysterious explosion, one of the prisoners is discovered to be an emissary from the king of Spain to Viceroy Rodriguez, the officer in charge of "El Morro," the Spanish Prison. While she, Jean-Michael, and her boat swain, Mr. Stiles, are discussing what went wrong, the prisoner, Juan Carlos de Santa Ana., is brought in. After a series of verbal duels, they came to realize that the prisoner was not just a prisoner, but a man with a cunning wit. Then, on their way back to Panther Bay, they are visited by Captain Yellowjacket of "The Wasp." He is a trickster and traitor "playing both sides for fools." When they arrive at Panther Bay, there is a mutiny led by Mr. Stiles. After the mutiny, Isabella and Jean-Michael find themselves washed up on shore injured and alone. Isabella, The Pirate of Panther Bay and her lieutenant escape, Spanish imprisonment, take back her ship, and stopped falling in love with Juan Carlos de Santa Ana just after six months of losing her former lover. Can she do all this while fulfilling the prophecy of her mother, ridding the Spanish Main of the Spanish?
"The Pirate of Panther Bay" is expertly written by S.R. Stanley and is a unique book with an old theme. The author makes use with mainly English, some Spanish, and some French for originality and to accentuate the characters. This book is for ages 13 and up. Its themes are pirates, ships, and romance. If you are looking for an expertly written, unique, and original pirate-themed book, then this is book for you.
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