Empire of Blue Water

  • by Stephan Talty
  • Narrated by John H. Mayer
  • 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

He challenged the greatest empire on earth with a ragtag bunch of renegades and brought it to its knees. Empire of the Blue Water is the real story of the pirates of the Caribbean. Henry Morgan, a 20-year-old Welshman, crossed the Atlantic in 1655, hell-bent on making his fortune. Over the next three decades, his exploits in the Caribbean in the service of the British became legendary. His daring attacks on the mighty Spanish empire on land and at sea determined the fates of kings and queens, and his victories helped shape the destiny of the New World.
Morgan gathered disaffected European sailors and soldiers, hard-bitten adventurers, runaway slaves, and vicious cutthroats, and turned them into the most feared army in the Western Hemisphere. Awash with bloody battles, political intrigues, and a cast of characters more compelling, bizarre, and memorable than any found in a Hollywood swashbuckler, Empire of Blue Waters brilliantly recreates the passions and the violence of the age of exploration and empire.


What the Critics Say

"Before he became rum, Cap'n Morgan humbled the Spanish Empire.... Talty's well-researched account weaves together myriad political and financial interests in the New World." (Booklist)
"Talty strips away the legend to recreate a pivotal era in this accessible portrait of the pirates of the Caribbean." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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Morbid Terrorists?

Captain Morgan and his motley crew were certainly outcasts of that society but also the unofficial attack arm of the early imperialistic aims of the English government. Without his actions, the Spanish would have made a stronger foothold in North America and the history of the USA would have been very different. The book and narrator is excellent. The description of the earthquake is vivid and interesting.
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- Jack

Informative and Exciting

I was woefully ignorant of the times and life of Henry Morgan. This book is a pleasant cure. The author delves into the political aspects of the privateers(or pirates) of Port Royal, somewhat of a surprise how important these characters were beyond the Carribean. Morgan was clearly a colorful and charismatic leader. The author presents the material in an exciting and informative manner. If you enjoy history, this book brings it alive. The reader is above average.
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- James P Carter

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-04-2007
  • Publisher: Books on Tape