The Red Siren

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She had no choice but piracy. He had no choice but to catch her.

Can ladies be pirates? In 1718 Charleston, there are few other choices left to women in need of large sums of money. And Faith Westcott needs such a fortune to protect her sisters from forced marriages before their aloof and often-absent admiral father returns from overseas. The only problem is, he has assigned a naval officer to guard Faith and her sisters while he is away-a very...

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Overview

She had no choice but piracy. He had no choice but to catch her.

Can ladies be pirates? In 1718 Charleston, there are few other choices left to women in need of large sums of money. And Faith Westcott needs such a fortune to protect her sisters from forced marriages before their aloof and often-absent admiral father returns from overseas. The only problem is, he has assigned a naval officer to guard Faith and her sisters while he is away-a very handsome naval officer, and one whom Faith recognizes as a victim of her piracy from long ago.

Dajon Waite longs to make a success of himself in the British Royal Navy, not only to cover a host of past sins but to prove to his father and brother that he isn't the wastrel they accuse him of being. When he is stationed in Charleston, Carolina, to rid the nearby seas of pirates, he is thrilled to meet up with his long-time mentor, Admiral Westcott. But Dajon must pass a test before receiving the promotion he desires-protect the admiral's unruly and headstrong daughters! Not an easy task, when Dajon's past dealings with women ended in disaster and shame-including a run-in with a lady pirate.

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Editorial Reviews

Romantic Times - Chandra McNeil
Tyndale deftly balances perilous high-seas adventure with a satisfying romance. Her feisty, devil-may-care heroine fights for what she wants and is a characters readers will root for. A great start to what looks to be a fun series.
Christian Review of Books - Roseanna White
The Red Siren will join my shelf of favorites. I fell in love with the characters, was entirely gripped by the action, gleefully ignored all outside intrusions as the climax unfolded (even though dinner really needed cooked), and finished it with a smile on my face. I can’t wait for the next books in this series! This one’s definitely not to be missed by lovers of romance, historicals, or just a good pirate tale
Armchair Interviews - Edyth Abraham
I enjoyed this novel immensely. It is not often that you find a story that revolves around a
woman pirate. Faith’s character is unique and original and her troubles, fears and questions are
so real that I was able to relate to her on many levels. The storyline moves very quickly and I
can say that there was never a dull moment
TitleTrakk - Vickie McDonough
Conflict bounces off every page, and Ms. Tyndall’s characters are so realistic that you’ll cry for them and cheer for them. The setting of the early American Carolina colony is unique and extremely well drawn. There seems no way that this book could have a happy ending, but alas, you’ll have to find out for yourself if it does. For a swashbuckling romantic adventure in the American Colonies, you’ve got to read The Red Siren.
ReaderViews - Olivera Baumgartner-Jackson
“The Red Siren” is, simply put, a rollicking good read, liberally sprinkled with daring heroes and heroines, dastardly villains, heaving bosoms and an occasional fainting spell, told in a never preachy, yet faith-inspiring style.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620297261
  • Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Series: Charles Towne Belles, #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 706,252
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

MaryLu Tyndall, a Christy Award finalist and bestselling author of the Legacy of the King's Pirates series, is known for her adventurous historical romances filled with deep spiritual themes. She holds a degree in math and worked as a software engineer for fifteen years before testing the waters as a writer. MaryLu currently writes full time and makes her home on the California coast with her husband, six kids, and four cats. Her passion is to write page-turning, romantic adventures that not only entertain but open people's eyes to their God-given potential. MaryLu is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America.

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The Red Siren


By M. L. Tyndall

Barbour Publishing, Inc.

Copyright © 2008 M. L. Tyndall
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-60742-052-1


CHAPTER 1

August 1713, English Channel off Portsmouth, England


This was Dajon Waite's last chance. If he didn't sail his father's merchant ship and the cargo she held safely into harbor, his future would be tossed to the wind. With his head held high, he marched across the deck of the Lady Em and gazed over the choppy seas of the channel, expecting at any minute to see the lights of Portsmouth pierce the gray shroud of dusk. Another hour and his mission would be completed with success. It had taken two years before his father had trusted him to captain the most prized vessel in his merchant fleet, the Lady Em—named after Dajon's mother, Emily—especially on a journey that had taken him past hostile France and Spain and then far into the pirate-infested waters off the African coast.

Fisting his hands on his hips, Dajon puffed out his chest and drew a deep breath of salty air and the scent of musky earth—the smell of home. Returning with a shipload of ivory, gold, and pepper from the Gold Coast, Dajon could almost see the beaming approval on his father's sea-weathered face. Finally, Dajon would prove himself an equal to his older brother, Theodore—obedient, perfect Theodore—who never let his father down. Dajon, however, had been labeled naught but capricious and unruly, the son who possessed neither the courage for command nor the brains for business.

Fog rolled in from the sea, obscuring the sunset into a dull blend of muted colors as it stole the remaining light of what had been a glorious day. Bowing his head, Dajon thanked God for His blessing and protection on the voyage.

"A sail, a sail!" a coarse voice blared from above.

Plucking the spyglass from his belt, Dajon held it to his eye. "Where away, Mules?"

"Directly off our lee, Captain."

Dajon swerved the glass to the port and adjusted it as Cudney, his first mate, halted beside him.

"She seems to be foundering, Captain," Mules shouted.

Through the glass, the dark outline of a ship came into focus, the whites of her sails stark against the encroaching night. Gray smoke spiraled up from her quarterdeck as sailors scrambled across her in a frenzy. The British flag flapped a harried plea from her mainmast.

"Hard to larboard," he yelled aft, lowering the glass. "Head straight for her, Mr. Nelson."

"Straight for her, sir."

"Beggin' your pardon, Captain." Cudney gave him a sideways glance. "But didn't your father give explicit orders never to approach an unknown vessel?"

"My father is not the captain of this ship, and I'll thank you to obey my orders without question." Dajon stiffened his lips, tired of having his decisions challenged. True, he had failed on two of his father's prior ventures—one to the West Indies where a hurricane sank his ship, and the other where he ran aground on the shoals off Portugal. Neither had been his fault. But this time, things would be different. Perhaps his father would even promote Dajon to head overseer of his affairs.

With a nod, Cudney turned. "Mr. Blake, Mr. Gibes, prepare to luff, if you please." His bellowing voice echoed over the decks, sending the men up the shrouds.

"Who is she?" Cudney held out his hand for the glass.

"A merchant ship, perhaps." Dajon handed him the telescope then gripped the railing as the Lady Em veered to larboard, sending a spray of seawater over her decks. "But she's British, and she's in trouble."

The ship lumbered over the agitated waves. Dajon watched Cudney as he steadied the glass on his eye and his boots on the sodden deck. A low whistle spilled from his mouth as he twisted the glass for a better look.

"Pray tell, Mr. Cudney, what has caught your eye—one of those new ship's wheels you've been coveting?"

"Nay, Captain. But something nearly as beautiful—a lady."

Dajon snatched the glass back as the Lady Em climbed a rising swell and then tromped down the other side. As the vessel's sails snapped in the rising wind, he braced his boots on the deck and focused the glass on the merchant ship. A woman clung to the foremast, panic distorting her features—indistinct through the distant haze. She raised a delicate hand to her forehead as if she were going to faint. Red curls fluttered in the wind behind her. Heat flooded Dajon despite the chill of the channel. Lowering the glass, he tapped it into the palm of his hand, loathing himself for his shameless reaction. Hadn't his weakness for the female gender already caused enough pain?

Yet clearly the vessel was in trouble.

"We shall come alongside her," Dajon ordered.

Cudney glared at the ship. "Something is not right. I can feel it in my gut."

"Nonsense. Where is your chivalry?" Dajon smiled grimly at his friend, ignoring the hair bristling on the back of his own neck.

Cudney's dark eyes shot to Dajon. "But your father—"

"Enough!" Dajon snapped. "My father did not intend for me to allow a lady to drown. Besides, pirates would not dare sail so close to England—especially to Portsmouth, where so many of His Majesty's warships are anchored." Dajon glanced back at the foundering ship, now only half a knot off their bow. Smoke poured from her waist, curling like a snake into the dark sky. Left to burn, the fire would sink her within an hour. "Surely you do not suspect a woman of piracy?"

Cudney cocked one brow. "Begging your pardon, Captain, but I have seen stranger things on these seas."

* * *

Faith Louise Westcott flung her red hair behind her and held a quivering hand to her brow, nausea rising in her throat at her idiotic display. How did women feign such weakness without losing the contents of their stomachs?

"They 'ave taken the bait, mistress." A sinister chuckle filled the breeze.

"Oh, thank heavens." Faith released the mast. Planting a hand on her hip, she gave Lucas a mischievous grin. "Well, what are you waiting for? Ready the men."

"Aye, aye." The bulky first mate winked then scuttled across the deck, his bald head gleaming in the light from the lantern hanging on the mainmast.

After checking the pistol that was stuffed in the sash of her gown and the one strapped to her calf, Faith sauntered to the railing to get a better look at her latest victim, a sleek, two-masted brigantine. The orange, white, and blue of the Dutch flag fluttered from her mizzen. A very nice prize, indeed. One that would bring her even closer to winning the private war she waged—a war for the survival of her and her sisters.

The oncoming ship sat low in the water, its hold no doubt packed with valuable cargo. Faith grinned. With this ship and the one she had plundered earlier, loaded with precious spices and silks, she was well on her way to amassing the fortune that would provide for her independence and that of her sisters—at least the two sisters who were left unfettered by unholy matrimony.

She allowed her thoughts to drift for a moment to Charity, the eldest. Last year their father had forced her into a union with Lord Villement, a vile, perverse man who had oppressed and mistreated her beyond what anyone should endure. Faith feared for her sister's safety and prayed for God to deliver Charity, but to no avail.

Then, of course, there was the incident with Hope, their younger sister.

That was when Faith had stopped praying, had stopped hoping, had stopped believing in a God who claimed to love and care for His children.

She would rather die than see her two younger sisters chained to abusive men, and the only way to avoid that fate was to shield them with their own fortune—a fortune she must provide since British law prohibited women from inheriting their father's wealth. Cringing, she stifled the fury bubbling in her stomach. She mustn't think of it now. She had a ship to plunder, and this was as much for Charity as it was for any of them.

The bowsprit of the brigantine bowed in obedience to her as it plunged over the white-capped swells. Gazing into the hazy mist, Faith longed to get a peek at the ninnies who had been so easily duped by her ruse, but she dared not raise the spyglass to her eye.

Putting on her most flirtatious smile, she waved at her prey, beckoning the fools onward, then she scanned the deck as her crew rushed to their stations. Aboard her ship, she was in control; she was master of her life, her future—here and nowhere else. And oh, how she loved it!

Lucas's large frame appeared beside her. "The rest of the men be waitin' yer command below hatches, mistress." He smacked his oversized lips together in a hungry sound Faith had become accustomed to before a battle. Nodding, she scanned her ship. Wilson manned the helm; Grayson and Lambert hovered over the fire, pretending to put it out; and Kane and Mac clambered up the ratlines in a pretense of fear. She spotted Morgan pacing the special perch Faith had nailed into the mainmast just for him. She whistled, and the red macaw halted, bobbed his head up and down, and squawked, "Man the guns, man the guns!"

Faith smiled. She had purchased the bird from a trader off Morocco and named him after Captain Henry Morgan, the greatest pirate of all time. The feisty parrot had been a fine addition to her crew.

Bates, her master gunner, hobbled to her side, wringing his thick hands together in anticipation. "Can I just fire one shot at 'em, Cap'n? The guns grow cold from lack of use." His expression twisted into a pout that reminded her of Hope, her younger sister. "I won't hurt 'em none; ye have me word."

"I cannot take that chance, Bates. You know the rules," Faith said as the gunner's soot-blackened face fell in disappointment. "No one gets hurt, or we abandon the prize. But I promise we shall test the guns soon enough."

With a grunt, Bates hobbled away and disappeared below.

Returning her gaze to her unsuspecting prey, Faith inhaled a breath of the crisp air. Smoke bit her throat and nose, but she stifled a cough as the thrill of her impending victory charged through her, setting every nerve aflame. The merchant ship was nigh upon them. She could already make out the worried expressions upon the crew's faces as they charged to her rescue.

This is for you, Charity, and for you, Mother.

Heavy fog blanketed the two ships in gray that darkened with each passing minute. Faith tugged her shawl tighter against her body, both to ward off the chill and to hide the pistol in her sash. A vision of her mother's pale face formed in the fog before her, blood marring the sheets on the birthing bed where she lay.

"Take care of your sisters, Faith."

A gust of wind chilled Faith's moist cheeks. A tear splattered onto the deck by her shoes before she brushed the rest from her face. "I will, Mother. I promise."

"Ahoy there!" A booming voice shattered her memories.

She raised her hand in greeting toward the brigantine as it heaved ten yards off their starboard beam. "Ahoy, kind sir. Thank God you have arrived in time," she yelled back, sending the sailors scurrying across the deck. Soon they lowered a cockboat, filled it with men, and shoved off.

A twinge of guilt poked at Faith's resolve. These men had come to her aid with kind intentions. She swallowed hard, trying to drown her nagging conscience. They were naught but rich merchants, she told herself, and she, merely a Robin Hood of the seas, taking from the rich to feed the poor. Well, perhaps not the poor, but certainly the needy. Besides, she had exhausted all legal means of acquiring the money she needed, and present society offered her no other choice.

The boat thumped against her hull, and she nodded at Kane and Mac, who had jumped down from the shrouds and tossed the rope ladder over the side.

"Permission to come aboard?" The man who appeared to be the captain shouted toward Lucas as he swung his legs over the bulwarks, but his eyes were upon Faith.

By all means. Faith shoved a floppy fisherman's hat atop her head, obscuring her features from his view, and smiled sweetly.

* * *

"Aye, I beg ye, be quick about it afore our ship burns to a cinder," the massive bald man beckoned to Dajon.

Dajon hesitated. He knew he should obey his father's instructions, he knew he shouldn't risk the hoard of goods in his hold, he knew he should pay heed to the foreboding of dread that now sank like an anchor in his stomach, but all he could see was the lady's admiring smile beneath the shadow of her hat, and he led his men over the bulwarks.

After directing them to assist in putting out the fire, he marched toward the dark bald man and bowed.

"Captain Dajon Waite at your service."

When his gaze drifted to the lady, she slunk into the shadows by the foremast, her features lost in the dim light. Odd. Somehow he had envisioned a much warmer reception. At the very least, some display of feminine appreciation.

"Give 'em no quarter! Give 'em no quarter!" a shrill voice shrieked, drawing Dajon's attention behind him to a large red parrot perched on a peg jutting from the mainmast.

A sharp blade of fear stabbed him.

"Captain," one of his crew called from the quarterdeck. "The ship ain't on fire. It's just a barrel with flaming rubbish inside it!"

The anchor that had sunk in Dajon's stomach dropped into his boots with an ominous clunk.

He spun back around, hoping for an explanation, but all he received was a sinister grin on the bald man's mouth.

Alarm seized Dajon, sucking away his confidence, his reason, his pride. Surely he could not have been this daft. He glanced back at the Lady Em, bobbing in the sea beside them—the pride of his father's fleet.

"To battle, men!" the woman roared in a commanding voice belying her gender—a voice that pummeled Dajon's heart to dust.

Dozens of pirates spat from the hatches onto the deck. Brandishing weapons, they rushed toward his startled crew. One by one, his men dropped their buckets to the wooden planks with hollow thuds and slowly raised their hands. Their anxious gazes shot to Dajon, seeking his command. The pirates chortled as Dajon's fear exploded into a searing rage. They were surrounded.

The woman drew a pistol from her sash. Dajon could barely make out the tilted lift of her lips. He wiped the sweat from his brow and prayed to God that he would wake up from this nightmare.

"I thank you, Captain, for your chivalrous rescue." The woman pointed her pistol at him and cocked it with a snap. "But I believe I'll be taking over your ship."

CHAPTER 2

August 1718, Charles Towne, Carolina


With a light kick to his gelding's sides, Dajon prodded his horse into a trot as he made his way down Bay Street. To his right, over the wall that surrounded Charles Towne, the Cooper River swept past the city in smooth ripples that, joined by the Ashley River to the west, poured fresh water into Charles Towne Bay. A muggy breeze eased over him, stealing away the icy chill that had seeped into his bones from a winter spent patrolling the English Channel. Though he had heard tales of the brutal summer heat in the British province of Carolina, he looked forward to the warm sunshine boasted about by the settlers. He had never been fond of the continual dome of fog and clouds draped over England.

He nodded at the women strolling in front of the town's shops and warehouses, shrugging off their admiring gazes, telling himself the women's interest stemmed purely from the Royal Navy uniform he wore. Had it really been four years since he had rejoined His Majesty's Navy—and five years since that accursed woman pirate had stolen his father's ship and forced Dajon to return home in humiliation? Somehow it seemed only yesterday.

Passing one of the town's many taverns, he grimaced at the swarm of men already visible through the windows and pouring out the door into the street so early in the evening. Bawdy music accompanied by the raised voices of men playing billiards and the laughter of women oozed over Dajon like the slimy bilge from his ship, reminding him of a time when he, too, had wallowed in the filth with the worst of them.

Shaking off the bad memories, he urged his mount forward past a brick Presbyterian church, framed with dogwood and oak trees, that rose like a beacon of hope. Dajon scratched his head at the dichotomy of a place where debauchery and holiness coexisted without contention. In fact, more than ten churches graced this tiny port of nearly four thousand citizens, branding it the "Holy City," a title that warmed Dajon to his soul.


(Continues...)

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  • Posted April 24, 2009

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    I loved the story of The Red Siren.

    The Red Siren is a wonderfully written tale of a woman pirate, a Navy captain, and their struggles with God and each other. Filled with suspense, romance, laughter, devious plots, fun-filled afternoons, and chases across the sea, it is everything I could want in a book. Once I started reading it I could not put it down. I highly encourage you to read The Red Siren, and all of MaryLu's books.

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  • Posted January 18, 2009

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    The Red Siren

    M.L. Tyndall has done it again! The Red Siren captivated me from the first chapter and didn¿t let go until the story was told and I am now left waiting for the 2nd book in Charles Towne Belles series. I took an instant liking to Faith with her fiery personality, her go getter attitude and her willingness to fight against all odds. I found it very interesting how she could face down an enemy on sea with no fear evident, but it was fear that drove her to risk everything in her life to become The Red Siren. Her sisters added great interest and humor to the story and I found myself wondering how Tyndall will develop these two throughout the series. I truly enjoyed the twists and turns, it will keep you guessing until the end.

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    Posted January 18, 2009

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    The Red Siren

    The Red Siren is a novel that takes you on a trip of faith, action, romance, and trust. As I started reading The Red Siren it started off a little slower than some of M.L. Tyndall¿s other books. However, after pushing forward the book grabs your interest and it cannot be put down. <BR/><BR/>Faith Westcott has watched her sisters married off to womanizing men merely because of their titles. Being of a strong will, she is determined that this will not happen to her. So what does she do? She is a lady by day and a pirate by night. She sets out to obtain her own wealth so that her and her sisters do not have to depend on any man. <BR/><BR/>Captain Dajon Waite is a responsible, handsome, brave and God-fearing man. The total opposite of Faith Westcott. When Captain Dajon Waite life is destroyed by the infamous pirate known as ¿The Red Siren¿, he vows to bring her to justice. However, this may be very difficult if he falls in love with her.<BR/><BR/>The Red Siren is one of the wonderful books that will take you away to a far away time and place. You will not want to put it down and till the last page is read. I highly recommend The Red Siren.

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  • Posted January 16, 2009

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    Action, Adventure and Romance!

    Wow, what a fantastic book. The first word that comes to mind is ACTION. Lots of action! Lots of adventure and a romance story thrown into the mix! I stayed up late to read it all in one sitting.<BR/><BR/>Faith Wescott, a fiery redhead, gives Dajon Waite a run for his money when her father leaves him as custodian over her and her two sisters. Faith is larger than life in this book. She is a lady by day and pirate by night! What a story! At times you want to grab her around the throat and throttle her and then other times you are cheering her on. Faith is a woman of incredible bravery and loyalty, but she does have a major flaw. Well, make that two major flaws - first, she has rejected God, not believing that He cares. And second - she has an almost hatred of all men, believing that all men are just controlling creatures with no true regard for women.<BR/>Enter, Dajon Waite. What a guy! He is responsible, brave, handsome :o) , and a God-fearing man. Almost a complete opposite of Faith, except for one thing - Dajon has a secret too. However, his secret may well destroy his career and the trust that he finally gains from Faith.<BR/>A true clash of the wills, The Red Siren, will keep you turning the pages faster and faster until the very last.<BR/>I loved it and highly recommend it to all!

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  • Posted December 25, 2008

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    A female pirate and more!

    Upon starting this novel, I was not completely enthralled with the character of Faith. She is independent, and feminist, and arrogant. After learning her background and coming to understand her plight I was able to allow her into my heart more. My first adventure with MaryLu Tyndall's The Falcon and the Sparrow was able to show me that MaryLu was a fabulous story teller. This book was able to show me that I want more and more and that the story is not long enough. I have not yet read her original pirate series, but now I must, as well as I cannot wait for the next in the Charles Towne Belle Series to come out.<BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/>This book brings us three sisters with very different lives, a naval officer with a past but a present and future guided by God, as well as two ex-slaves that are learning more about love and family than they knew in their years before. The author truly brings to life realistic characters that make you smile and make you cringe. From the First Mate who does not know what he wants to the heir or the city who is a pompous fool. There is hope and a light for all people, it just depends on if you are strong enough to look for it.<BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/>It took a couple chapters, but once I was sucked in, and curious for more, I could not stop turning the pages until I found out what would happen next. At each turn of events and situation I had no clue as to how anything could possibly work out and I was pleasantly surprised through out the entire journey to be thoroughly entertained and educated in the pirate and naval world of early Charles Towne, Carolina.<BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/>I highly recommend this story as well as anything else by MaryLu (M.L.) Tyndall and other related authors as well such as Kathleen Y'Barbo. Go read it. You will not be disappointed!

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  • Posted December 5, 2008

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    M. L. Tyndall provides another fine at sea thriller

    Outraged that with her father away, her sister Charity was forced to marry an abusive man, Faith Westcott vows never her and if she can help it and never her two other sisters Grace and Hope too. During the day she is a lady charming the ton, but at night she becomes a notorious pirate bringing in needed loot to keep the abusers away.<BR/><BR/>British naval officer Captain Dajon White leaves his patrolling of Coastal Carolina for home because he has an obligation there. Off of Portsmouth, England, he rescues Faith only to have her take over his ship. Ashamed as the Lady Em was his father¿s gem, Dajon vows to hunt down the she pirate who humiliated him and all other pirates. However, first he must deal with the obligation of taking guardianship of the unmarried Westcott siblings.<BR/><BR/>Though the plot of a sea pirate besting a male at sea is not new, fans will fully appreciate the fine opening Charles Town Belles¿ tale. Faith is an interesting lead character as she lost her faith in God with what happened to Charity and has turned to piracy to keep it from happening to her and her other sisters. Dajon has family issues too as he feels he fails to live up to his father¿s reputation. Known for her buccaneer historical romances, M. L. Tyndall provides another fine at sea thriller.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted June 18, 2012

    Loved this book. It kept you in suspense until they end! There

    Loved this book. It kept you in suspense until they end! There was really never a dull moment. I Loved the main character Faith! She was passionate about everything! She was determined to get what she wanted. There was only the one obstacle and that was the Captain Dajon Waite. He was just as determined. These characters were wonderful! There were challenges that seemed to bring them closer together and tear them apart at the same time. I really enjoyed how Faith tried her best to take care of her sisters despite everything!

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  • Posted June 14, 2012

    Another Wonderful Tyndall read!

    I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to M.L. Tyndall and her publisher for sending me a copy of "The Red Siren" to review for them. I have always been grateful for this generosity, but haven’t been very consistent in taking the time to thank them in a public forum. I really appreciate your time, effort and expense in making a reviewer copy available to me.

    "The Red Siren" does not disappoint! Although this novel begins a bit slower than M.L. Tyndall's other swashbuckling efforts, the pace steadily pushes forward to reveal a wonderful romantic adventure. I eagerly await future novels in this series!

    Faith is leading a double life. She is the self-appointed caregiver to her two younger sisters and a confirmed bachelorette as well as an infamous pirate known as "The Red Siren". When Dajon's life is destroyed by this beautiful buccaneer, he vows to bring her to justice. But this may become difficult if he falls in love with her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2012

    Book #1 A Female Pirate???

    The Red Siren is the first book in The Charles Towne Belles series.
    Faith has given up faith and taken up pirating the seas to support her sisters. Faith cannot stand the thought of any more of her sisters marrying evil men, men they do not love. Dajon has been humiliated and cast away by his family, and his goal is to be successful and capture the female pirate who stole his ship.
    Faith and Dajon meet and he is put in charge of their protection. They start to fall in love. What happens when Dajon finds out the woman he loves isn't what she appears?
    I liked this book a lot. Faith almost wants independence too much, and Dajon is trying too hard to fix the past instead of living in the present. This book brings many emotions as the pages are turned. It’s a very enjoyable read. I would know--I've read the book three times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2011

    The Red Siren

    Filled with loyalty and love, betrayal and pain, The Red Siren weaves an exciting story of a desperate lady pirate, and a handsome pirate-catcher. who somehow manage to fall in love. While faithless Faith Westcott tries to protect her younger sisters-one frivolous and the other selfless-and slowly earns money for their future by being a pirate; Captain Dajon Waite watches over all three Westcott sisters, and searches diligently for the lady pirate raiding the seas. Little do either know what God has in store for them. The Red Siren was an entertaining read, and I do recommend it, as well as the next two books in the series.

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

    An AMAZING Start!!!

    I think that this is a great book! It was a wonderful start to the Charles Towne Bells series and left me wanting more of the wonderful characters. Faith is headstrong, determined, and brave, and a wonderful heroine. She loves her sisters so much that she resorts to piracy so they don't have to marry cruel men. Dajon was also a great main character that I liked a lot. I found many characters with a variety of different characters just as I would in real life and I found it amazing. I realized I was anxious to see Faith's fate. I would definitely recommend this good book to all of my friends.

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

    A Lady Pirate! A Must Read!

    This novel was so enjoyable. I mean, come on, a lady pirate! You will fall in love with Faith and Dajon. Their story is so bold and wonderful, you will feel like you are right there with them. Come along on the adventure of a lifetime! See God's power move in the lives of two unsuspecting people. This is part of a trilogy, so be prepared to buy two more novels after this one. You won't be able to stop yourself!

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

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    Amazing!

    This was a well written book. I loved that she was the bad guy, but with good intentions. It is a change. She was in charge of her life, and she had a reason for all of the stuff she was doing. In the end, I wished that I could have the kind of faith and courage that she had! Another good one by MaryLu Tyndall!

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

    Highly Recommended! You've got to read this!

    Most people would probably think that a story about a girl who dresses up as a man and sails about at sea as the captain of a pirate ship only to return home to live as a respectable daughter and sister in the American colonies, would be an unbelievable story, but Faith Wescott does all these things, and The Red Siren still is a very believable story! Faith is an outstanding heroine, and her adventures and romance are well worth reading. Once you read this book, you'll have to read the rest of the trilogy!

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  • Posted August 15, 2011

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    Adventure on Land & Sea

    The Red Siren by M.L. Tyndall is the first in the Charles Towne Belles series. The second book is The Blue Enchantress and the third is The Raven Saint. The books are about three sisters: Faith, Hope & Grace Wescott. They have an older sister who is married and still in England, her name is Charity. Their father is an Admiral in the Royal Navy and spends more time at sea then with his family. Their mother died in childbirth. As she lay dying she asked Faith to take care of her sisters. A request that Faith would do anything to accomplish.

    Faith Wescott would not allow her sisters to be sold into marriages as their older sister, Charity, was. She was married to a despicable lecherous man who had his eyes set on her three sisters as well. Faith was sickened that they came to America without her older sister but was thankful to be away from her husband. Faith's father agreed if she could get enough wealth to support the three girls he would not force them into a marriage. She found that pirating was her way to do that.

    Dajon Waite had one chance to prove to his father he was worthwhile. He had almost made it to his destination with his cargo with the Lady Em when they seen a lady in distress on another ship. His mistake was helping her, for she was no lady but a pirate. After the disgrace of losing his ship and his father disinheriting him life went downhill unto God lifted him out of the muck and gave him a new chance. Now he was a captain in the British Royal Navy and he was guarding the Carolina water from pirates. Admiral Wescott asked him to watch over his three daughters as he was called out to sea on duty. Dajon tried to refuse but received orders that the Admiral already left.

    Sir Wilhelm Carteret had asked for Faith's hand from her father and was granted so. Faith begged to be given time to get her "soap" business going and make the money before the promise was sealed. Her father gave her until he returned, about six months. Faith is determined to find as much wealth to pirate as quickly as she can during that time. Wilhelm was not one to stand back and not get what he wanted so he plots and plans during the book. Mostly he needs to discredit Dajon.

    Hope keeps throwing herself at the wrong men and Grace is determined to continue her work for the Lord helping the needy. To do so she has to go through areas where Indians are a danger to people. With Faith gone on the seas as well as Dajon trying to catch the pirate known as The Red Siren, the two sisters are continuing to sneak out of the house sending the steward, Edwin, into nervous fits.

    There are many unique characters in her book. Many are imperfect making the need for redemption that much stronger. Lives are almost destroyed because of envy, greed and pride. The story is full of adventure and danger. You feel the salt water spray you on the deck of the ship and feel the gloominess of the Watch Tower dungeon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2010

    Wonderful!

    MaryLu Tyndall is my favorite author, and has written yet another success! The Red Siren is an awesome book full of adventure, romance, and pirates. The characters are endearing, and the plot keeps you on your toes. I found I couldn't put the book down. The story starts off with Faith Westcott and the lowly merchant's son Dajon Waite. From the start Faith and Dajon butt heads. Five years later, things haven't changed, but, Mr. Waite is now an intimdating captain of the British Navy. Faith is willing to do anything to save her sisters from destitution and marriage. Throughout the story Faith has to be very careful of her next moves. She's a lady pirate, after all, and Dajon is keeping a very wathful eye on her! This story will keep you wanting to turn the next page.

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  • Posted June 1, 2010

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    The Red Siren

    What would you do if you were a girl in colonial America faced with a tough choice? The choice between allowing your father to give you away in marriage to horrible men, or find a way to support yourself. Today that choice would be easy, but in Faith Westcott's time, her options seemed limited. She had to find a way to save not only herself, but her two sisters from what she saw as the horrible fate of marriages that they had no say in. Her choice to try and raise money is an interesting one. She turns to piracy...with the stable hand as her first mate and loud mouth parrot along for the ride.

    Few people believe the tales of the fiery red haired captain, the temptress that lures ships to their doom, know only as the Red Siren. But Lt. Dajon Waite has had a run in with her in the past, where she took everything from him, and now he eagerly looks forward to laying his trap to capture her.

    Faith beats Dajon at every turn. On the sea and on the land, she leads him in a merry chase that somehow ends up turning into a romance. But what will happen if he ever finds out that she slips to the seas at night to steal from the heavy merchant ships as they come into port?

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  • Posted August 10, 2009

    Tyndall has done it again!

    When you read the description of this book, it evokes the notion of "a lady pirate, how can that be a story line with a ring of truth?" But this story is not far fetched. Faith Westcott is struggling against God and man. Her father has no love to lavish and spends his time at sea, leaving his three daughters to their own devices, until a godly captain is asked to step in and be their guardian while their father is away for an extended time. The battles that ensue do not always include pistols and swords, but the struggles against the love of God. The devilishly handsome Captain Dajon Waite tries to help Faith see her spiritual faults all the while falling in love with the pirate he is trying to catch. This book was riveting- a story like all the rest of Tyndall's books. Truly excellent- a story that will keep you up late and anxious to return, a wonderful escape. It's filled with intrigue and adventure, but this author knows the delicate balance between too much adventure and the human emotions. The scale is balanced and a grand "huzza" is raised when you close the book. But you will certainly want to hurry and purchase The Blue Enchantress (book 2) it follows quickly on the heels of The Red Siren.

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  • Posted May 7, 2009

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    The Red Siren: M.L. Tyndall is Home

    The Christy Award finalist has returned to her beloved sea and pirate novels. As if to reflect her homecoming, the title of Tyndall's newest novel returns to the name of a ship: The Red Siren.

    The Lady Em is a merchant vessel returning from the Gold Coast with a load of Ivory, gold and pepper. After surviving the African pirate-infested waters of 1713 all the way to Portsmouth England, Captain Dajon Waite encounters a burning ship. This son of a successful merchant seeking Dad's approval ignores his father's standing rule-stop for no reason-when he gives orders to assist the smoking vessel, and save a seemingly distressed red-headed beauty on deck. After all, no sane pirates would work the British navy's home waters.

    The red-head turns out to be a pirate captain, whose gimmick is feigning trouble with a smoking burn-barrel on deck, tricking merchants into pulling alongside for the raiding. Not only is Dajon's cargo pillaged, the Lady Em is transformed into the pirate's newest ship. While the action pacing of Tyndall's fifth novel is more sedate than her rollercoaster Legacy of the King's Pirates trilogy, all of the above takes place in Chapter one.

    Disgraced but still called by the sea, Dajon Waite joins the navy. By 1718 he has become a Christian and is captain of the HMS Enforcer, assigned to protect New World waters off the Carolina coast. Hungry for promotion, Waite is also charged with a personal favor for Charles Towne resident Admiral Westcott: protect his three lovely daughters while Daddy's ordered to sea. Faith Westcott, the eldest daughter and a red-head, captures Dajon's eye.

    Dajon fails to recognize Faith as the woman pirate who stole the Lady Em. Charles Towne rumors of The Red Siren and her red-headed woman-pirate captain plundering their waters fuel Captain Waite's search, and our woman pirate hides her true identity as long as possible.

    Tyndall, as usual, satisfies fans of character and plot driven fiction. Even though the New World setting is sixty years before the Revolutionary War, readers find themselves in scenes reminiscent of movies like The Patriot and Pirates of the Caribbean thanks to Tyndall's vivid description.

    Waite is driven mad by red-heads of the weaker sex. The reader is driven onward by secrets dredged up by the antagonist-a powerful local lord accustomed to getting what he wants. While Sir Wilhelm's Machiavellian plans must be overcome, the real action in The Red Siren are the struggles that Tyndall's heroes fight within themselves.

    While Barbour Publishing insists on shelving Tyndall's incredible fiction on the romance shelf, alternate history fans would love her literary art. Just like the Legacy of the King's Pirates trilogy, if The Red Siren is romance, so is Robin Hood. Maid Marion wishes she was half the swordswoman Faith Westcott is. If this novel doesn't land M.L. Tyndall a Christy Award, it will be a travesty of literature.

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  • Posted April 1, 2009

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    Where piracy, faith, and love collide.

    Once again, I opened a book by M. L. Tyndall and my regular schedule suffered. She has a gift of weaving a story and creating characters that draw you to the book and keep you from closing it. In The Red Siren we meet Faith Westcott, a spirited young lady fighting the traditions of the era and trying to protect herself and her sisters from forced marriages. The only way to do so is to earn enough money to pay for their freedom. How can a woman in a man's world make enough money to be free of the traditions of man? By becoming a pirate of course. Her father, an admiral in the Royal Navy, leaves his daughters in the care of Captain Dajon Waite. Faith encounters challenges to her hidden career, her independence, rejected faith, and denial of true love's existence. Dajon finds himself battling past mistakes and future doubts when his heart tangles with hers. How can a lady pirate and a sea captain who hunts pirates down find their own place in the world?

    In book one of the Charlestown Belles Series, M.L. Tyndall returns her readers into the world of eighteenth century pirates as she did in the Legacy of the King's Pirates Series. She places an entirely new twist on the story making you actually want the pirate to succeed. This book is a page turner and you will find it hard to put it aside until you get to the last page. The last sentence makes you ready for the sequel. With her rich characters, incredible detail and intriguing stories, M.L. Tyndall has become one of my favorite authors.

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