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Pirates of Savannah Paperback – December 9, 2010
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I did get the adult version for free, and for the price I am happy with the book. I think that I just wanted more. More detail, more description, but told like a story, not textbook. I'm not in danger of throwing in the towel any time soon though.
Also got very bored with perhaps the worse display of writing speech in the style of the nationality of the speaker. There were Irish, Scottish, Jewish, etc. that sounded exactly the same to me. Basically the 'the' became 'da' and they' became 'dey' Bottom line is they all sounded like the Muppets Swedish Chef reciting recipes. Would have prefered a basic simple, accent-free narrative. Most of the pirates actually used the famous 'Long-John Silver' 'Arrrrr' before speaking.
My patience was truly stretched when the pirate captain declares that a fleet will be built that will take on board as crew all the unwashed, unwanted and persecuted in the region and dedicate their efforts to establish freedom in the land. Yeah, right.
Characters tended to be larger than life, including claymore wielding, kilt wearing (in the swamp!) Scotsmen, drunken, toothless, violent Irishman and a tattooed, whore, pirate captain with a heart of gold. Their behavior, speech and motives often preposterous and wildly over the top.
That said; the plot certainly does bounce along and it kept me interested enough to read to the end and find out how it all turns out. I enjoyed the original historical, geographical setting which is not very often covered. Best of all, for a self-published work, the final product was well proof-read and suffered very few of the dreadful typos, bad grammar, etc. frequently encountered in this genre.
Definitely worth a read I'd say!
As a Libertarian Conservative, I am very sympathetic to the pro-liberty political theme but I think it could be more effective if it were more subtle.
The trilogy DESPERATELY needs copy editing!!!!! Grammar and spelling errors abound and there was a missing paragraph in the critical sandbar battle between Patrick and his nemesis. I would argue that the eBook should be re-edited and corrected by the author as quickly as possible.
Another problem is the adult themes that pop in from time to time. I wouldn't mind a brothel being tangentially featured in a book read by my teenagers but there was a bit too much focus on erections and marathon sex sessions and gay/lesbians. Who is your audience? Focusing the story towards teens helps them develop a pro-liberty philosophy.
Make sure you are not afflicted with Gary Trudeau disease (letting the politics interfere with the effectiveness of the story.)
Good luck on future efforts.