- Created on Wednesday, 28 August 2013
- By David Hayes
There are a lot of independantly published books coming out and I don't get to hear about them all. Helen Hollick has announced a Nautical Blog Hop for September which had the added benefit of pointing out some nautical authors I had not added to the site. Quite a few of these write about pirates so below is a summary of some of the recently released pirate books:
The Royal Bounty Hunter by J. M. Aucoin
Privateer and pirate hunter, Captain Thomas Crowe, has been commissioned by the governor of Havana to hunt down and capture the cunning and deadly pirate, Captain Jake Hawking. Alas, Hawking isn't an ordinary pirate and tracking the infamous rogue down hasn't been easy for Crowe and his crew. But Crowe sees his fortune change when his ship, the Bounty, comes across a British naval captain, Captain James Thorpe, stranded on a small craft alone in the open Caribbean Ocean. Thorpe's ship was attacked by Jake Hawking and beached on a deserted island not far off.
With a renewed feeling of duty and excitement, Crowe and his crew head for the island to rescue Thorpe's crew. But when they arrive, they find danger lurking around every cove and inlet, and soon Crowe comes face to face with Jake Hawking himself.
The Royal Bounty Hunter is a short-story sitting at approximately 10,000 words.
Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen
Everybody knows about Peter Pan, the boy who won't grow up, and his magical island paradise, the Neverland. But the world of everlasting childhood seems more like Hell to a grown man trapped forever in "a nightmare of childhood fancy with that infernal, eternal boy." Meet Captain James Benjamin Hook, a witty, educated Restoration-era privateer cursed to play villain to a pack of malicious little boys in a pointless war that never ends. But everything changes when Stella Parrish, a forbidden grown woman, dreams her way to the Neverland in defiance of the boy's rules. From the lurid, erotic glamor of the Fairy Revels to the ceremonies of the First Tribes to the mysterious underwater temple beneath the Mermaid Lagoon, the magical forces of the Neverland open up for Stella as they never have for Hook. In Hook himself, she begins to see someone far more complex than the storybook villain. With her knowledge of folk and fairy tales, she might be his last chance for redemption, even release‹if they can break his curse before Pan and his warrior boys can hunt her down and drag Hook back into their neverending game. But nothing is won in the Neverland without the forfeit of something else. And the price of Hook's freedom may be more than he can bear to pay.
Bloody Seas by T. S. Rhodes
Pirate captain Scarlet MacGrath wanted to find safe haven for a boatload of Irish slaves, but before she knows it she's locked in battle with bloodthirsty natives and fighting even worse with her old flame, Conner Donnelly.
Next a simple raid on a trading ship goes horribly wrong, leaving the Donnybrook and her captain crippled. With their very survival on the line, Scarlet and her crew must find greater courage than ever before. Join Scarlet in her most desperate moments, marshalling muskets, cannon and magic against forces bent on her destruction as she and her crew sail The Bloody Seas.
The Rogue's Prize by Katherine Bone
Captain Henry Guffald is no ordinary captain. A member of Nelson's Tea, he's learned the hard way what treachery will achieve. As a result, he's sworn an oath never to give in to his ambition. Daring, proud, Henry sets out to rescue a comrade captured in Spain. But when his ship is attacked by a female pirate roving the Cornish coast, waylaying his plans, Henry is forced to make her his prize if he's going to save a good man's life.
Lady Adele Seaton has been raised in a family profited by a lucrative smuggling business. Though her parents wish otherwise, she would no sooner give up the call to rove than marry. But obtaining independence is a challenge when her brother faces a hangman's noose. Planning to save him, she captures an English ship. But things go awry and she is dragged home in disgrace, forced to ally herself with the one man with the power to anchor more than her ship - her heart.