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Tread Carefully On The Sea by [Bryant, David K.]
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  • File Size: 1421 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Solstice Shadows (November 4, 2014)
  • Publication Date: November 4, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00OJD7QGU
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Review of Tread Carefully on the Sea
By David Bryant

Because we share a publisher, and I’d seen advance information on this prequel to Treasure Island, I was anxious to read it. I even re-read Stevenson’s book in anticipation. For the most part, I wasn’t disappointed. Bryant obviously did lots of research. His characters and settings are well-drawn and I think he captured the personality of Long John Silver, in particular, beautifully. His writing is skillful and compelling; there are many exciting situations that should have the reader flipping pages (or scrolling the screen).
So why did I give it four stars instead of the five it almost deserves? I suspect the problem is a habit from the author’s experience in journalism. His invisible, omniscient narrator occasionally breaks into the story and takes center stage, adding bits of information or, worse yet, hinting about what’s going to happen next. This works for newspapers or the TV news (more to come, tune in at eleven); it’s deadly in a novel because it breaks the spell, reminding the reader that he’s not actually part of the action or even an observer, but is only reading about it. It’s distancing, and annoying in the extreme. The effect is rather like watching a movie, becoming totally engrossed to the point you forget it’s a movie because you’re “there,” and then your companion, who has seen it already, starts whispering comments—things he thinks you might not have noticed, or spoilers for the coming action. Foreshadowing is necessary, but it needs to be subtle, not done with a sledgehammer.
I should confess that I speak as one who was formerly guilty of the same offense, who has been duly chastised on numerous occasions and is now reformed. Or tries to be.
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This story begins with a bang. The Governor of Jamaica in the 1700s, Edward Trelawny plans a huge birthday party for his niece who is coming of age. But, the black-hearted pirate, Captain Flint and Long John Silver have other plans and soon a kidnapping is underway. Not only is the Governor’s niece, Jessica, and her maid, Libby, captured, but a British Naval sea Captain, Michael Townsend, and his first officer Patrick O’Hara,,are taken captive as well while trying to rescue Jessica and Libby.

A ransom is demanded from the Governor, which he pays in hopes of recovering his niece, but things go awry and the pirates get away with the loot and the captives.

Author, David Bryant has done his research and the depiction of the famous pirate characters is very well done as well as the descriptive scenes that allows the reader to see Jamaica and the Caribbean sea trade as it was in that time period.

It is a tale of honor in unexpected places and ways, as well as deception and ruthless treachery in others.

If you like tales from the eighteenth century on the high seas, you will enjoy this book and it’s characters.
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She’s kidnapped then ransomed as part of a surprise birthday party. Little did Jessica know
that the guests of honor would be pirates.

As David K. Bryant skillfully weaves the historical tale of Captain Flint and his crew of miscreants, the reader soon realizes that he will certainly be swept along with the current that is the swashbuckling adventure novel, Tread Carefully on the Sea.

Bryant has certainly done his research on the 18th-century Caribbean, and it shows. As a writer of historical pirate fiction, I was able to sit back and enjoy a tale that I knew would be free of historical error, although it is written as fiction. Details about actual nautical facts eloquently disguised as dialogue or plot points within the narrative, pepper the entire book with subtle elements that make the story plausible.

Without spoiling the tale itself, I will say that I was pleasantly surprised as a reader to find that, rather than reading just another historical fiction novel about pirates, I was indeed reading the prequel to one of my favorite classics.

Tread Carefully on the Sea is one of few historical fiction books that I highly recommend to readers who love Caribbean history, adventure and pirates.

Huzzah, David K. Bryant!
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I enjoyed this book, it is entertaining and a good read. The story fills in the gaps and is a prequel to Treasure Island. It covers most things pretty well. A lot about the characters, and is a good story.
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Did you ever read "Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson? This new book by David K. Bryant sets the stage for the earlier classic. It gives a very believable "backstory" with never a dull moment.

The pirates are realistically portrayed against the backdrop of a fascinating portion of the history of the Caribbean and the English navy. The pirates had previously been encouraged to attack vessels of countries at war with the English or competing with them in "The New World, but now one ship in particular sought them with a vengeance.

Life in the 18th century is described in vivid detail. Characters include of course drunken pirates, English sailors and people who live on various islands including wealthy "gentry," their servants, shop owners, and of course simple people just managing to "get by" as they live one day to the next, uncertain about what their future holds.

When I began reading this story I could recall having read "Treasure Island" many years before. However, as I progressed in this new book, portions of what was to happen later in the old classic would be dredged up from my memories. Now I'm very glad I didn't re-read "Treasure Island" before reading this book!

I now want to begin reading the old classic again because I will "know" many more things about the characters, and the various settings in the story. I can't wait to find what I am certain will be things I will now recognize as having just read about which the author David K. Bryant has skillfully woven into his book which originally appeared in the classic.
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