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.

  Robert MacHugh is a late 17th century Scots wine merchant and smuggler in New York who finds himself (not totally willingly) chasing pirates, perfidious French persons, angry Native Americans and others as a “favor” for a very powerful London power broker. A story filled with straining canvas, roaring cannons, spies, crooked Dutch patroons, Maroons and pretty girls, among other things.

A rip-snorting, swashbuckling adventure, that I was quickly caught up in. I liked the battle scenes, the storms and the part with the Maroons. The opening scene had a lot of atmosphere. I would have liked to know Kate a little better.

— Daniel Parrott - Former captain of the tall ships Pride of Baltimore II, Harvey Gamage, Bill of Rights and Tole Mour; professor of navigation at the Maine Maritime Academy; author of Tall Ships Down.

One of the most intelligent and honest sea stories I’ve read in years. Gripping and totally plausible, it illuminates what makes the varied human responses to life’s hard challenges so endlessly fascinating. This is adventure writing at its very best.

— Geoffrey Huck - Professor of Writing, York University, Ontario; yachtsman; author of the popular mystery Speechless.

MacHugh and the Faithless Pirate


St. Catherine's is a place for misfits, for the forgotten, and it is also the only home James Cook has ever known. Abandoned on the front steps as an infant, James is raised by Sister Maddie who loves him like the mother he never knew. Growing up at St. Catherine's, James battles one illness after another, and spends most of his time in the infirmary.

One night, a young boy is delivered to St. Catherine's in the arms of his distraught mother. The boy, Peter, is mischievous and James tries his hardest to stay as far away from him, and his band of merry followers, as possible. The younger boys at St. Catherine's are drawn to the charismatic Peter, but James, being older and in his humble opinion, wiser, is not recruited so easily.

As the two become more closely acquainted, Peter reveals to James that he has a secret. This secret will turn James' life upside down and set he and Peter on a collision course with destiny in that far of place known to children and dreamers...Neverland.

Before he was Captain Hook, he was simply James Cook, and as it turns out, he was not such a dastardly villain after all.

Join some of the most beloved characters in literature as their roots are laid bare and the truth of their humble beginnings is revealed.

Six Points of Light: Hook's Origin


Set in the Caribbean and the West Coast of Africa, By the Knife details the struggle between two very different men.

John Carter is a product of the London slums. Put into male prostitution by his mother at the age of nine, he turns to murder when attacked outside a tavern in the docks. For the rest of his life, he takes pleasure in viciously torturing his victims before killing them. He runs away to sea to escape the law and progresses to piracy. Having stolen a large amount of Spanish gold, he is sought by the English Navy.

David Fletcher is the much-loved son of a country school teacher. He is sent into the Navy on his father's death and progresses to Lieutenant whilst growing up amongst the problems of shipboard life in a time of war. He first meets Carter when, during a struggle on the deck of a merchant ship, Carter slashes his chest with a knife.

By the Knife is a traditional adventure story that harks back to an age of pirates and sailing. This naval novel will appeal particularly to those who enjoy pirate adventure stories.

By the Knife


Pert had always loved Rosella. She was innocent, and Pert watched her die. It was the best thing either of them had ever done in their short lives, but it didn't seem like it at the time. In their own eyes it was less of an achievement, more a blessed relief. Meanwhile there was a skeleton in the tunnel, a mysterious ship in the harbour and rumours about some missing treasure. But ... pirates? That would be ridiculous. You don't get pirates any more ... do you?

A cross between Treasure Island, The Railway Children, and Deliverance, this book is by turns exciting, amusing, alarming, charming, violent and strange - a rollicking read for adults with a childish love of adventure, and for children who aren't afraid of a few long words.

The Black Joke


The Bernadette follows the continuing adventures of Pert and Rosella, who may or may not be murderers, and Pert's sister Fenestra who is developing a strange relationship with her dog. Is the Curate really married? Why does Dilly Denticle keep smelling smoke? And who is the mysterious Señor Vigo di Gallidoro? The arrival of the terrifying Listeria Grubb throws the town into tumult, while the pirates still haven't given up their search for the treasure.

Like its predecessor, The Black Joke, this book is by turns exciting, amusing, alarming, charming, violent and strange - a rollicking read for adults with a childish love of adventure, and for children who aren't afraid of a few long words.

The Bernadette


The first volume of The Greatest Cape, The Black Joke, has been described as a cross between Treasure Island, The Railway Children and Deliverance, by turns exciting, amusing, charming, alarming, winsome, violent and strange - a rollicking read for adults with a childish love of adventure, and for children who aren't afraid of a few long words.

In this third volume we find Fenestra, fanciful and flighty, out on a limb and feeling isolated. Even her best friends are turning against her, and no one believes that her old enemy is up to his wicked tricks again - it is a bit far-fetched, after all: why would anyone want to kidnap half the school? And she has to battle her own emotions, too - can she really be in love with a pirate twice her age?

This third volume will not disappoint those who long to renew acquaintance with a host of colourful characters, Wally Sabbage the retired buccaneer, Primrose Moon the reformed lady of the night, the Widow Dolphin with her unpleasant accomplices Mrs.Wheable and Mrs.Chervil, the cruel schoolmaster Edwold Merridew, Rosella Prettyfoot who wears big boots and knows how to use them, not to mention Lurk the dog, who has rather more to say for himself than the average mongrel ...


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