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This was an excellent pirate read! Filled with wit and historical detail, it had me laughing out loud much of the time. I'm a very picky and discerning reader--I don't give 5 stars lightly, but boy howdy does this deserve 5 stars! I loved it. Highly entertaining.
The story of Anne Bonny and Mary Read is usually reduced to a small paragraph in pirate history books. They sailed with Calico Jack. They dressed like men. They were spared the noose because they were pregnant. Jack was not so lucky, and was hung out to dry as a warning to other pirates on an island not far from Port Royal. Mary died soon after from a fever. Anne Bonny and her child disappeared into the mist.
Well, this book fills in the details deliciously. The author paints a portrait of Mary, Anne, and Jack in a wild tale that leaves you hungry for more.
I've been on a pirate book binge for months, and this is definitely at the top of my favorites list along with Matt Tomerlin's "Devil's Fire" trilogy and Tim Powers' "On Stranger Tides" (You know, the book the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise butchered).
I listed to the audio version, and Ms. Arserio is brilliant. Wouldn't change a thing about her performance, and I hardly ever say that either.
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Well-told tale deftly narrated. An entertaining female-driven story for youthful readers and pirate fans.
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