A Pirate's Life

A Pirate's Life

by David James
     
 
The year is 1718, and the greatest golden age in the history of piracy is about to come to a close. For five years, pirates in the North Atlantic have turned Nassau, New Providence into a utopia, one where there is no presence of the law and pirates spread out their plunder and coin as they please. It was the place that Edward Teach (A.K.A. Blackbeard) called home.

Overview

The year is 1718, and the greatest golden age in the history of piracy is about to come to a close. For five years, pirates in the North Atlantic have turned Nassau, New Providence into a utopia, one where there is no presence of the law and pirates spread out their plunder and coin as they please. It was the place that Edward Teach (A.K.A. Blackbeard) called home. Infamous pirates like Jack Rackham and Charles Vane frequented the brothels and taverns. It was where the only two women pirates known to history, Anne Bonny and Mary Read, started their legends. But when word hits that King George I is sending in a governor to take control of the town, the utopia suddenly is in serious danger of collapsing into civil war.

Wrapped up in the predicament is a talented young thief, Edward Banvard. Edward's tale deals with the realities of war, brutal invasions, the complexity of colonial politics, and a love on the brink of being lost, possibly forever. After growing up in a popular bordello in town, Edward must decide whether to leave home and take refuge with the pirates at sea, or wait to see if Nassau will survive.

A Pirate's Life is a revisionist, historically-centered adventure that provides a counterpoint to the fantasy-based contemporary depiction of pirates. It re-imagines pirates for what they were: courageous sailors, pragmatic businessmen, humorous drunkards, oversexed vagabonds. Some where cunning strategists, others hopeless derelicts. All had a story to tell as they slipped in between the cracks of legality and moved from one adventure to the next during the great golden age of piracy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781456526498
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
03/13/2011
Pages:
430
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.96(d)

Meet the Author

David W. James is an eclectic writer who has worked on topics from historical fiction and social satire to crime and hard science-fiction. From Buffalo, New York, he attended SUNY Geneseo as an undergrad and completed a Master's in film studies from Georgia State University in Atlanta. He currently lives in San Diego, California.

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