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Fire on Dark Water

Fire on Dark Water

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by Wendy K. Perriman
     
 

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A debut historical novel about a female pirate's life on the high seas.

Born a despised gypsy and tricked into a life of brutal debauchery, Lola Blaise quickly learns the harsh ways of the world, and of the men who inhabit it. But in the New World waits a different sort of life, full of danger and passion, where one false move could mean death: a

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A debut historical novel about a female pirate's life on the high seas.

Born a despised gypsy and tricked into a life of brutal debauchery, Lola Blaise quickly learns the harsh ways of the world, and of the men who inhabit it. But in the New World waits a different sort of life, full of danger and passion, where one false move could mean death: a life of piracy.

On the island of Nassau, Lola earns her keep as a prostitute until she lands a place on the Revenge, a ship captained by the infamous Blackbeard, the greatest buccaneer who ever lived. To survive the lethal treachery of a pirate's life Lola must use every hard-earned skill in her arsenal-and become the woman she was always meant to be.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425241042
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/07/2011
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Information about Wendy is available at http://www.wendyperriman.com

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Fire on Dark Water 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
miks More than 1 year ago
The story was awesome. It’s not the common happy-ending story we usually read. There is a great difference with this one. I am advising everyone to pick this stuff. Nice author!
1Joey More than 1 year ago
The story was so gripping. A story of a survivor, Lola (the lead character) had to suffer numerous times and had to endure horrible things. But amidst all these, she still emerged victorious. What I like about this book is that it combined fiction with history. Mind you, though, this is not for the faint of heart.
ClaireB More than 1 year ago
Awesome pirate story I bought the book for my Kindle last week and just finished reading. This is one of the best novels I've read lately, I absolutely love and highly recommend it. If you like historical fiction, you won't want to miss Fire On Dark Water, a well-researched, realistic story of Lola, a young gypsy girl to whom many bad things happen, but she finds the ways to survive.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Review by Amie Lou: Ahoy! And beware--there's no Cap'n Jack here. Fire on Dark Water is a novel about piracy and the gritty lives the pirates lived told through the eyes of a gypsy whore. It has not been romanticized--it is real, bloody, and not for the squeamish. But...it is also elegantly written, blending fact and fiction into a riveting tale. Perriman's voice of Lola is so enthralling, you'll forget you're sitting in a recliner in the 21st century instead of taking every step alongside her. Lola Blaise accepts her fate early in life. A gypsy compromised at an early age, abandoned by her people, and eventually indentured, she earns a living the only way she can--as a prostitute. But Lola is resourceful and has a few tricks up her sleeve. She makes herself useful to others and ends up "marrying" Blackbeard and serving aboard one of his ships as an apothecary. Fire On Dark Water is a great read, eloquent and near poetic, despite its rough topic. It entertains, informs, and gives the reader a candid look into a long past time--the real pirates of the Caribbean. Favorite Quote: No quote per say, but it is charming and fun that Lola ends each chapter with a version of "that is that." I looked forward at the end of each for her wrap up.
Whisperlynn More than 1 year ago
This book sounds very adventurous and in truth does get there, but the first half of the book is spent re-living the childhood of our narrator. Gritty and engaging though it is, the story often drags and there are many times the narrator's grammar clashes with itself, dropping eloquent, sophisticated words in amidst the more believable raw, broken english. At the half way point, however, the story picks up magnificently thrusting us into the pirate world of politics, seduction, and murder. All in all, this one is worth the read, but be sure you have time to devote to getting into it, otherwise I fear you'll put it down for a few days and not be driven to pick it back up again.
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Blackbeard the Pirate's notorious deeds are famously portrayed in books and movies. Here, however, we learn about this adventurer through the voice of his thirteenth wife, known as Lolamura, Lola, London Lola, The Gypsy, or just plain Doxy. Deflowered at the age of ten in 1702, Lola spends the next ten years learning the art of begging, pick-pocketing, etc. in London, England because she cannot return to her gypsy family in her impure state. After being caught stealing, Lola is sentenced to being transported to America for seven years. Lola's journey to the New World is dangerous, tempestuous, and exhilarating. Then her adventures with her employers in the South range educate her about social status, medicine, and a slew of outrageous conflicts life-threatening for all involved. Lola inadvertently winds up abetting horrific events from which she must escape, next to the West India island of Nassau, this time with a hooker friend, Violet. Here the action noticeably picks up as they meet with a surprising former acquaintance, all eventually vying for men with means. "Perhaps it's the raw excitement of loving so close to the edge, that point where the dare fires the blood with thrill.Anyhow - the higher the rank the better the plunder - as all potential queens are well aware." And finally Lola meets Captain Edward Teach, the notorious Blackbeard, "the charmer (charismatic, seductive, learned and cultured." and Blackbeard the pirate (cruel, brittle rapacious, and evil.". Lola weds him, and the following pages recount in detail his various victories and his eventual downfall. Fire on Dark Water is a fascinating, riveting, cruel and sometimes kind tale of a notorious thief and his multi-talented, lustful, and savvy but temporary, thirteenth wife.