AOS Pirate Fiction

 

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When doing research for historic naval fiction books to add to this site I often find ones about  pirates. Some of these may be of interest to naval fiction fans so I am adding them to this index. If you are interested in purchasing any, and direct links are not provided from the book, please visit and search the online stores.

On Board the Morning Star

 

The Caribbean during the first two decades of the 18th century, was a paradise of pirates. These decayed noblemen, soldiers without pay and sailors too proud for discipline, were men of a bolder type than the commercial butchers who later brought such discredit on the name, and their adventures were more fantastic and more terrible.

The gentlemen of fortune gathered on the Isle of Providence, "by whose wenches, infernal vegetation and white sun which nourished incurable diseases, they were forced into a path where their imaginations could be exercised freely." In the grog-shops and bordellos of this island they laid the plans for a pirate empire.

Among the more famous of their vessels was the Morning Star. Pierre Mac Olan, in relating the history of this brig of 32 guns, has manned it with a different crew and expanded its adventures with the aid of rare manuscripts and an imagination rarer still, but he has remained faithful to the spirit of the original.

This novel is not a pirate-book for children! "It is written for sophisticated people who are capable of enjoying the grotesque, cruel and supernatural adventures of George Merry and his crew, and can be charmed by the free exercise of the imagination, the terror of the sea and the pleasant sound of good prose.

(Original French edition: A Bord de l'Etoile Matutine, 1920)

On Board the Morning Star

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The Bride and the Buccaneer

 

"Lucky Jack" Burrell's quest for revenge against Sophia Deford will have to wait until he discharges a debt. He has to help her find the fabled pirate treasure Garvey's Gold. Then he can wring her dainty neck.

For her part, Sophia has no intention of sharing anything with anyone. She will have all of Garvey's Gold, no matter how much Jack's lean-muscled body makes her want to get to know him just a little bit better before she gets rid of him.

As the two adversaries squabble their way across Florida following the clues on their treasure map, they know that before they're through they're either going to kiss each other, kill each other, or both. . .

The Bride and the Buccaneer

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Pirate's Price

 

Christine Sanders believes the best way to live comfortably in 1820s Florida is to turn pirate and rob a man with money. And the perfect man to rob is the man who took her money — her husband.

(2007 Eppie Award for Best Historical Romance)

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Captain Sinister's Lady

 

Amanda Stephenson is a widow traveling from Yorkshire to Charleston in the 1820's to set up her soap making business. It's a grand adventure, just as she's always dreamed — until her ship is boarded by the crew of the privateer Zephyr. Amanda's plans for her future do not include large, hairy, uncouth pirates. Morgan Roberts has his work cut out for him, but he's prepared to try his most piratical tricks if it will convince the luscious widow to become Captain Sinister's Lady.

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The Dark Frigate

 

In seventeenth century England, a terrible accident forces orphaned Philip Marsham to flee London in fear for his life. Bred to the sea, he signs on with the Rose of Devon, a dark frigate bound for the quiet shores of Newfoundland. Philip's bold spirit and knowledge of the sea soon win him his captain's regard. But when the Rose of Devon is seized in midocean by a devious group of men plucked from a floating wreck, Philip is forced to accompany these "gentlemen of fortune" on their murderous expeditions. Like it or not, Philip Marsham is now a pirate–with only the hangman awaiting his return to England.

The Dark Frigate

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Captain Blood

 

'Captain Blood' is a classic swashbuckler-filled with swordplay and adventure. Peter Blood is a physician and an English gentleman, turned pirate out of a rankling sense of injustice.

Barely escaping the gallows after his arrest for treating wounded rebels who were fighting the oppressive King James, Blood is enslaved on a Barbados plantation. During a Spanish attack he escapes and becomes a buccaneer. No ship sailing the Spanish Main is safe from Blood and his companions!

The Robin Hood-like figure of Blood, a gentleman-rogue homeless but for the surging decks of a pirate ship, makes for a classic hero.

Captain Blood

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