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- Print Length: 233 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 151474192X
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Grindelwald (December 7, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 7, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A8GEXYK
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Tainted Prize is refreshing in that it isn't told strictly from the Olympian perspective of the quarterdeck. We also see the ship through the eyes of fourteen year old Tommy Wainwright, who joins the Perpetual after escaping working in the the coal mines of the north; mines which had killed his sister, his father, and his grandfather, and still haunt the young man's dreams. As ship's boy, he shares a mess with, among others, Bungs, an irascible cooper and Eru, a free black sailor from Santo Domingo.
Muir does a fine job at deftly introducing the context of the times without slowing down the story. It is easy to understand why Tommy sees running off to sea as a preferable and arguably safer occupation than crawling down tunnels in a coal mine to set blasting charges. Likewise, the Eru, the black tar, concisely reminds the reader of the slave rebellions in the Caribbean when he tells his own story to his messmates. Muir also vividly communicates the contentious issue and horror of slavery when the the Perpetual discovers a wrecked slave ship in the Straits, where its human cargo was abandoned to die.
Margaret Muir has sailed on square rigged ships and it shows in the authority and ease with which she writes about the HMS Perpetual. The tale is well told, the characters are vivid and believable and the plot is both imaginative and faithful to the history. Highly recommended.
The series also suffer from continuity issues where events are portrayed out if sequence or not even relevant to story. The author seems to like to write about her knowledge of the political and social issues of the times but they come out of context and interrupt the story. There are gaps in the story where you would like to read how the events unfolded but they are frustratingly absent.
I understand the growing process of an author but I don't expect that while reading a sample of the THIRD book that inexcusable errors are still being published. The author might be better served by getting a more knowledgable proofreader.
With this author I get engaged ... captivated ... and almost read it through in record time for me. I especially liked the fact that while I do not much like the main character he is interesting. In fact there are other secondary characters who are more likeable but a bit less interesting so there are good / bad combinations that create a dynamic I do not frequently encounter.
Overall I highly recommend the trilogy to whose who like a good naval story with good characters and an interesting story beginning to end.
I am going to give the author the benefit of the doubt since this is her first nautical fiction effort. This is not Jack Aubrey or Horatio Hornblower. It is serviceable and it does work in parts. Some of the concept or plot lines are mostly good and some others made me scratch my head. There are a lot of open and loose ends.
I purchased all three books together so that helped with the story line continuity.
This is probably an excellent book to take on a cross country flight. It will keep your mind occupied but no much that you forget to leave the plane when you arrive.
The Tainted Prize so aptly named, and the experiences of the crew have been arduous to the extreme.
I shivered at both poles and languished in the doldrums.
MC Muir's descriptive style drew images of never seen lands with blood chilling clarity.
Our Ship's captain continues, as I follow the series to be hard, considerate and compassionate.
Although he seems to drive his crew, he evokes my admiration.
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My favorite genre, historical fiction of English navy around time frame of Napoleatic wars.