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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Pirates of Savannah by Tarrin P. Lupo

Genre: Historical Fiction

Setting: England, and the Georgia Colony in the early 1700's.

First Sentence:  Like a religious experience, the sun flooded the prison cell blinding the young man.

FYI: Some adult material.

This novel is the story of Patrick Willis; his journey from a squalid debtor's prison to the ultimate freedom of sailing the seven seas as a pirate.

Patrick's father had died leaving his family in debt.  While trying to pay his father's debts, Patrick loses the last of his family's wealth.

At this time in history, James Oglethorpe, a British reformer, has founded the Georgia colony as an alternative for imprisoning debtors.

As luck would have it, Patrick is selected to travel to Georgia as an indentured servant.

In Georgia, Patrick's contract is purchased by Archibald Freeman.  Freeman is a member of a clandestine group of individuals who are fighting the tyranny of the British. 

As the story progresses, Patrick learns more about freedom.  He comes to learn that pirates at sea possess the ultimate in individual freedom.  Patrick, along with others, form a free society known as the Pirates of Savannah.

I advise readers of this novel to peruse the front matter and preface of the book.  this will inform the reader of the author's political beliefs.  This will enhance the reader's understanding of the novel and the motivations of the characters.

I was somewhat disappointed in this novel.  I was expecting a novel of pirates.  There were pirates, but they entered the plot late in the story.  I found it interesting that Lupo's pirates supported their freedom with criminal acts such as piracy and prostitution.

Additionally, I did not like the author's narrative style.

For me, not a bad book, but it could have been better.


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