Genre: Historical Fiction
Setting: The late 1700's in England, America, and at sea.
This novel is the first in Wareham's A Poor Man at the Gate series. This series currently runs to seven novels.
This novel is a rags to riches story. Being the first book in the series there is a lot of exposition. In this novel we get the back story of Tom Andrew's life. He finds his way from a wanted criminal, to a fortunate privateer, to a ruthless New York businessman, then to a respectable English factory owner, and finally to millionaire owner of an upper crust manor estate.
Along the way, Tom learns how to treat his loyal allies and employees well. And, he also knows how to treat those who do him wrong.
The author uses a telling rather than showing style of story telling. The plot was interesting, but predictable.
For me, it was an OK read.