- File Size: 1417 KB
- Print Length: 131 pages
- Publisher: Porcupine Publications (December 12, 2011)
- Publication Date: December 12, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006LNUE3S
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Pirates of Savannah: Book Two, Battle Rats - Young Adult Teen Historical Fiction Action Adventure (Pirates of Savannah (Young Adult Version) 2) Kindle Edition
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Occasionally, the history lesson that Archibald is giving to Isaac and Patrick grows long - but it is split up in bite sized pieces that make digesting their importance a lot less difficult. This is history that will keep you begging for the next part and wondering about the pieces that were left out.
Patrick, by some miracle, survives his dual - but is taken to Oglethorpe's court to be tried for his crime. Dueling is punishable by death. He pleads his case and is set free.
The Spanish and the English are becoming uneasy with each other, each daring the other to begin the fighting. The body count of family and friends is quite high and often gruesome.
Archibald and others decide that, since the English have stolen so much from them and their families, that they would be justified to follow the soldiers and the battles to profit where they could from the carnage. For a long time, the battles are so one sided in the British favor, that there is little to do other than fix the guns and make ammunition, but finally they get a chance and are rewarded with many cannons and a team of mules. Under the guidance of an old Indian, they take the cannons deep into the bug and alligator infested swamps and hide them.
Six months pass, and through the efforts of April Sky, the town's Madam and rumored to be a pirate, they begin the difficult task of selling the cannons for profit. Patrick is beginning to get a bit of an attitude, which lands him in a lot of trouble. It is not easy to grow to manhood in a prison and be ignorant of what has happened for nearly a decade. And the thoughts that Archibald and his friends are putting into his head are .... well ... going to his head. How dare he think he might be an equal the guards of the city!
They succeed by the barest of margins - and are able to free the Scottish men that have been held prisoner since the battles 6 months before. Here you see the truth of Aesop's fable of the Lion and the Mouse. Archibald had helped the most unlikely of people, and they had promised to return the favor. They did and were instrumental in freeing not only the Scottish prisoners, but also several Indians that had also promised to fight for the British. The Indians in turn promised a favor in exchange for their new freedom.
They return home to find that their home has been taken by the British, some of the most hated and cruel of the men, and he has searched their home and found the illegal books. Much blood is shed in a very short period of time, and the families barely escape with their lives. After many weeks of hiding and terror, they reach a place of relative safety and begin to build a new life ...
And that's when Patrick receives the news that .....
This is just the barest of the plot ... you have to experience this book for yourself. The story is the gem, the plot is merely cushion it lays upon.[...]
A book well worth the time it took to read it.
The ending left me scrambling to find part 3 on my Kindle, and wondering why I had waited so long to start reading it!