Blaggard's Moon

Blaggard's Moon

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by George Bryan Polivka
     
 

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From the author of highly praised Trophy Chase Trilogy comes this exciting swashbuckling tale of a pirate sentenced to die for the crime of mutiny.

As he awaits his fate, this pirate (none other than the delightful Smith Delaney from the Trophy Chase Trilogy) ponders his life and the events that have brought him to this fate.

In the process of remembering, and

Overview

From the author of highly praised Trophy Chase Trilogy comes this exciting swashbuckling tale of a pirate sentenced to die for the crime of mutiny.

As he awaits his fate, this pirate (none other than the delightful Smith Delaney from the Trophy Chase Trilogy) ponders his life and the events that have brought him to this fate.

In the process of remembering, and in grappling with mercy and justice as they have been played out in his life, a tale is spun, a tale of true hearts wronged, noble love gone awry, dark deeds done for the sake of gold, and sacrifices made for love. In the end, our pirate will come face-to-face with himself, with his own death, and with a God who promises grace where none is deserved.

Readers of Christian fantasy will once again be swept away by Bryan Polivka's compelling storytelling abilities. As Publisher's Weekly said of the author's first book, "readers will be flipping pages eagerly."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780736925372
Publisher:
Harvest House Publishers
Publication date:
03/01/2009
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

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George Bryan Polivka has been an award–winning writer for many years, crafting professional articles, newscasts, screenplays, and television scripts, including the Emmy–winning documentary A Hard Road to Glory. He is the author of the Trophy Chase Trilogy: The Legend of the Firefish, The Hand That Bears the Sword, and The Battle for Vast Dominion. Polivka lives near Baltimore, Maryland, with his wife and children.

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Blaggard's Moon 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Novel_Teen_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Review by Jill Williamson The story opens with a man named Delaney sitting on a post in the middle of a jungle lake that is infested with piranah and horrible mermonkeys. As Delaney ponders how he came to be in such a predicament, the reader drifts with his memory and into a wonderful adventure. We come to know the story of a girl named Jenta who was low born but brought up as a lady. We learn of a young man named Damrick who stands up to defend the common folk from pirates by forming the Hell's Gatemen. As Damrick and his men take to the seas, we meet many pirates such as Sharkbit Sutter, Conch Imbry, Dancer Clang, Skeel Baris, and Belisar the Whale. All of these ingreedients combine to form a very interesting and extremely entertaining adventure. This book was engaging. It took a few chapters to get me into the author's style, though. It was interesting to experience a story through one man's memory of another man's tale, but it worked very well with this pirate novel. Polivka's characters were dynamic. I could see them and hear them. I could relate to how they got to where they were in life and why they did the things they did. I really liked one of the themes of how the love and encouragement and prayer of one person can change another's life. I'll be thinking of this one for a while. This book not only had wonderful characters, the plot was smart and I couldn't guess how the author was going to pull all his story threads together. That in itself makes it so satisfying in the end, though it's not the happiest of tales. I highly recommend this one to just about everyone.
RachelStarr More than 1 year ago
There are moments in our lives that change everything. Forks in the road. Accidents. Love at first sight. Death. Yup, that one changes everything. Forever. A lot of the time we don't see those moments coming. Especially the last one. But Smith Delaney, the marooned pirate whose post-sitting ruminations open Blaggard's Moon, can see Death coming, wrinkled and white-eyed and iron-clawed, thanks to the horrific stories told him by tribal chiefs the night before. Delaney has been left on a post in the middle of a pond full of piranha, punishment for following his captain's orders literally when they were meant to be taken figuratively. ("Take care of the girl," Belisar said. So Delaney did.) When the new moon rises, mermonkeys will crawl up the post and tear out his bones. Delaney has a few hours left with no hope of escape, and though that isn't a long time in the overall scheme of life, it turns out to be plenty of time to think. So it is that readers are transported back through a twisting tale of which Delaney's life is only a thread, through the story of "the great battle between the pirates of the world and the band of merciless men who would purge us from the seas and make the name Hell's Gatemen a source of terror to us all." More than that, we are transported through the story of people whose lives converged in moments of choice, of life, of death, of sin and righteousness. Blaggard's Moon by George Bryan Polivka is complex, masterfully written, and ceaselessly entertaining - a Christian pirate fantasy novel that is light on fantasy, heavy on pirates, and more intrinsically than overtly Christian. Though Smith Delaney opens the story and is its most compelling voice, most of the plot centers around the tragedies and triumphs of Damrick Fellows and Jenta Stillmithers, two young people who face up to the evils of their times although they are in no way promised happy endings for doing so. Polivka writes with a sharp sense of humour, which at the same time brightens and deepens the book's underlying sadness. For this is a sad story. Entertaining, yes. Swashbuckling, certainly. Deep and memorable - those too. Yet beneath all of that is a lament for a world gone wrong, for a world where good people can suffer while evil men prosper. It's the lament of Ecclesiastes and Job and some of the Psalms, and like them it asks us to find hope in the goodness of God while never asking us to pretend that hope negates the sadness. Serious themes, handled well. For Polivka can write. He handles the book's complex structure - it is the story of a man telling the story of a man telling a story and finally of that story itself - with extraordinary finesse. The pirates are as real as story characters can be, especially Delaney, and though I found Jenta and Damrick a little distant, their distance suited their roles as more mythic characters. The book is drenched with the kind of atmosphere I've loved since I read Treasure Island as a kid. And its spiritual claims are true. I found Delaney's moment of epiphany forced, but that was only one moment in a book that typically treats hard questions with an almost biblical attitude, offering answers but never downplaying the questions.
cherryblossommj More than 1 year ago
Smith Delaney is a man who is awaiting his demise. This is a novel, of Delaney remembering a story in vivid detail of how things went from one place to another in the world of vast pirating and pillaging where the townsfolk saw no end of terror. Polivka weaves an intriguing tale as a master storyteller that brings images easily to the mind's eye of a reader and keeps one ceaselessly thirsting for more. Many a book can grab me and pull with the never-ending page turning drama to a finish. This book is different. I was drawn and curious and could not unravel the tale fast enough, but the way the story was told in vivid detail and description causes one to take the tale at a leisurely pace. As a scene unfolds, it is almost necessary to full let it soak in from the words on the page to the reader's eye and then the synapses of the brain. Each section brings a mini story and intrigues a bit further. An adventure of pirates, murder, fights, romance, true love, revenge, and justice prevail. All through out, the story is enticing and pulls a reader to one way of thinking and then changes your mind to another. Mixed in the story in a very non-nagging manner is a fabulous undertone of what is coming... Where are your actions taking you and how will they affect the outcome of your life? It is a thrilling ride filled with the sounds of splashing waves and crying gulls with the scent of salt water to one's nose and I recommend it to many for a leisurely yet full of adventure ride. I am grateful that I was able to start my reading adventures of the Nearing Vast world through this prequel to the Trophy Chase trilogy. Now I am even more grateful that I have the first and third of the trilogy on my shelves waiting for me, and now must find a way to acquire the second novel. Then my adventure will be complete!