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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Rebel Pirate by Donna Thorland review & giveaway

Title: The Rebel Pirate
Series: Book 2 of the Renegades of the Revolution trilogy
Author: Donna Thorland
ISBN: 978-0-451-41540-0
Publisher: New American Library an imprint of Penguin
Genre: Historical Fiction
Format: Trade Paperback
$15.00 U.S./$17.00 CAN.
How I read it: Trade Paperback from Publisher
Rating: 4. 5 Crowns

1775, Boston Harbor. James Sparhawk, Master and Commander in the British Navy, knows trouble when he sees it. The ship he’s boarded is carrying ammunition and gold…into a country on the knife’s edge of war. Sparhawk’s duty is clear: confiscate the cargo, impound the vessel and seize the crew. But when one of the ship’s boys turns out to be a lovely girl, with a loaded pistol and dead-shot aim, Sparhawk finds himself held hostage aboard a Rebel privateer.

Sarah Ward never set out to break the law. Before Boston became a powder keg, she was poised to escape the stigma of being a notorious pirate’s daughter by wedding Micah Wild, one of Salem’s most successful merchants. Then a Patriot mob destroyed her fortune and Wild played her false by marrying her best friend and smuggling a chest of Rebel gold aboard her family’s ship.

Now branded a pirate herself, Sarah will do what she must to secure her family’s safety and her own future. Even if that means taking part in the cat and mouse game unfolding in Boston Harbor, the desperate naval fight between British and Rebel forces for the materiel of war—and pitting herself against James Sparhawk, the one man she cannot resist. (taken from the back of the book)
The gold was Spanish, the chest was French, the ship was American, and the captain was dead. James Sparhawk, master and commander in the British Navy, on blockade duty patrolling the waters north of Boston, took one look at the glittering fortune in doubloons and swore.
He was supposed to the thwarting smugglers. Petty criminals. Sharp traders who has weighed the risk of prosecution against the reward of profit and decided to defy Parliament with a cargo of outlawed goods bound for Rebel Boston. He was supposed to be confiscating Dutch tea and French Molasses, punishing the disobedient colonists by stopping their luxuries and cutting off their trade.
Instead, he was standing on an American schooner, the Charming Sally, which he had chased halfway to Marblehead and been obliged, finally, to dismast. And she was carrying one hundred fifty tons of musket flint for ballast and a fortune in foreign gold into a country on a knife’s edge of war. (Chapter 1)
I was hooked from the first few paragraphs.  
Although the second in Donna Thorland’s Renegades of the Revolution trilogy, The Rebel Pirate, reads as a standalone novel, which is great as I had not read the first book.  
After the Charming Sally was invaded by British naval officers, Sarah Ward has no choice but to kidnap James Sparhawk to save her younger brother from being pressed into service of the British Navy. As the course of book progresses Sarah and James find themselves drawn to each other.  
Filled with action, adventure, danger, smugglers, pirates, romance, history, and swashbuckling set against the backdrop of the imminent Revolutionary War, The Rebel Pirate is one of those books that you just cannot put down. 
The characters were easy to like and they had an easiness with each other that made them easy to read. The plot was filled with twists and turns that had had me continuously turning the page.  
Overall, I enjoyed The Rebel Pirate. It held me thoroughly captivated and enthralled. Donna Thorland has gained a new fan and I cannot wait to read the first book in this trilogy.
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Di said...

I love stories set during Colonial America, but there aren't nearly enough romances - this looks fabulous!

sallans d at yahoo dot com

Kimberly said...

This looks like my kind of book!!


Janice Hougland said...

I absolutely have to have this book to read! I'm a pirate fan from way back, and this one sounds delicious. Plus, I love early American historicals, which are few and far between. So if I am not successful in the draw for this I will hie myself off to Amazon! :-) jdh2690@gmail.com

Cathy P said...

I have to read this book. I love pirate romances and early American historical romances. Thanks for the giveaway!


Amy C said...

Wow! First time I have heard of this book and sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway!
Campbellamyd at gmail dot com

Deb said...

I absolutely love the sound of this book and the one before it! There are so few books about the American Revolution, and this author's writing seems to be top-notch!


lag123 said...

I love pirate story lines!

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cyn209 said...

would LOVE to read this!!
thank you for the giveaway!!

cyn209 at juno dot com

Anonymous said...

This is a new to me author. I enjoy stories of Colonial America which, unfortunately are too scarce. This time period is such a rich source of plot material, I am surprised there aren't more books set there. I will be looking for and reading both THE TURNCOAT and THE REBEL PIRATE. I look forward to the rest of the series.

bn100 said...

Interesting setting

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Linda said...

I love this early American setting, and I enjoyed the author's earlier book. Would love to read this one. Thanks for the giveaway.

Anita Yancey said...

It's been a long time since I've read a book about pirates, but this one sounds so good. I would love to read it. I really like the cover. Thanks for having the giveaway.