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The Smuggler's Gambit
     

The Smuggler's Gambit

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by Sara Whitford
 

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Port Beaufort, North Carolina - May 1765

Seventeen-year-old Adam Fletcher is no stranger to fist fights, but when he bloodies the nose of the obnoxious son of Port Beaufort's customs agent, the local magistrate offers Adam two choices: jail or an apprenticeship.

Choosing the latter, he soon finds himself bound apprentice to a reclusive old man with a

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Port Beaufort, North Carolina - May 1765

Seventeen-year-old Adam Fletcher is no stranger to fist fights, but when he bloodies the nose of the obnoxious son of Port Beaufort's customs agent, the local magistrate offers Adam two choices: jail or an apprenticeship.

Choosing the latter, he soon finds himself bound apprentice to a reclusive old man with a secret, colorful past. Although Adam is less than thrilled about his new situation, when he is asked to spy on his master as a suspected smuggler, he has to decide where his loyalties lie. Will he perform his civic duty to the Crown, or will he do whatever is necessary to protect the old man, possibly putting even his own family in danger?

Secrets will be revealed, loyalties will be questioned, betrayals will be uncovered, and a young man's character will be put to the test in The Smuggler's Gambit.

The Smuggler's Gambit is the first book in the Adam Fletcher Adventure Series of historical fiction novels. If you like fast-moving adventures, impetuous young heroes, suspense-filled plots, and a dash of romance, then you'll love Sara Whitford's entertaining series!

Editorial Reviews

Mamta Madhavan
FIVE STARS – "From the moment where Adam Fletcher is kidnapped till the very end, the book will hold the attention of readers."
Booklife Review
"In this historical coming-of-age novel, a 17-year-old boy becomes caught up in mercantile intrigue in coastal 18th-century North Carolina. ... A pawn caught between two powerful men, Adam [Fletcher] must decide where his loyalties lie and what he's willing to do to keep out of trouble. First-time novelist Whitford delivers an enjoyable tale"

Product Details

BN ID:
2940151653664
Publisher:
Seaport Publishing
Publication date:
03/17/2015
Series:
The Adam Fletcher Adventure Series , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
324
Sales rank:
1,397
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Sara Whitford's third-great-grandfather wrote the family's lineage in a copy of Robinson Crusoe. Adventure, literature, and history are in her blood.

Ever since she can remember, she has been fascinated by the intriguing past of the region that has been home to her family for centuries. How could she not be, with stories of intrepid explorers, Indian kings, and ordinary Bath town boys-turned-pirates, like that notorious sea rogue known as Blackbeard? She weaves together colonial-era adventures that incorporate true life (but often little known) historical facts with stories inspired by her own decades of research.

While she has been writing non-fiction articles about eastern North Carolina for more than a decade, The Smuggler's Gambit is her first novel and also the first adventure in the Adam Fletcher series. You can visit her online at SaraWhitford.com or visit the website for the Adam Fletcher Series at SmugglersGambit.com

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The Smuggler's Gambit 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous 18 days ago
Excellent read!
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite The Smuggler's Gambit (Adam Fletcher Adventure Series Volume 1) by Sara Whitford revolves around seventeen-year-old Adam Fletcher, and is set in 1765 against the backdrop of Port Beaufort, North Carolina. Adam gets into a fist fight with Francis Smythe in his desire to defend his mother and is forced by the local magistrate to be a shipping apprentice to Emmanuel Rogers, an old man. Things take a different turn when he is asked to spy on his master and Adam is caught between being loyal to his master and performing his duty as a citizen. Which one will he choose? Will Adam betray his master or listen to the higher authorities and spy on the old man? As the story progresses, readers get to understand Adam Fletcher more and the test of his character. The plot is compelling with many layers, not only in the story but also in the way the characters are portrayed. The book has a blend of everything – adventure, history, mystery, suspense and romance - which makes it fast-paced and entertaining. The author weaves in all the emotions, facts, fiction, and action seamlessly, without sounding forced. From the moment where Adam Fletcher is kidnapped till the very end, the book will hold the attention of readers. Adam Fletcher’s complex character, his growth as a person, along with the colonial era, the authentic historical setting, and the sea faring adventure give the plot its uniqueness and originality. Readers will be waiting to read the next book to learn more.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Francine Zane for Readers' Favorite The Smuggler's Gambit by Sara Whitford is about seventeen-year-old Adam Fletcher and his journey from tavern server to shopping apprentice. On his path, Adam discovers his small town is filled with more intrigue and illegal activity than he could ever imagine. Sara Whitford uses The Smuggler's Gambit as a fictional device to teach preteens and teens about life in colonial times in Port Beaufort, North Carolina. Her historical depiction is combined with modern day dialogue to help youthful readers learn while enjoying the story. From political unrest to survival techniques and cask construction, The Smuggler's Gambit is filled with opportunities to challenge inquisitive minds. While I would have enjoyed more suspense during the early chapters of The Smuggler's Gambit, Sara Whitford makes wise use of the later chapters to pack in tons of plot movement. Her characters are adolescent safe while still being interesting. Her characters have diverse outlooks on life and promote trust among friends and family. While the unrest between the British and the Americans is touched upon, Whitford wisely avoids taking the focus off the story of Adam to demonize the British. Of all the characters, I enjoyed Emmanuel Rogers the most. An old man with a long history ranging from pirate to trusted businessman, he has high ethics and a self confidence that allows him to teach by example the kind of values a young man needs to learn to evolve from impetuous teen to successful businessman. I also admired how a single woman in colonial times had to fight to maintain control of her own child against the disapproval of the town leaders.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down! I loved the characters and the story! Can't wait for the next one!!!
BeachLibrarian More than 1 year ago
The book was a much quicker read than I expected it to be. There are a lot of historical details and suspense. I'm glad this will be a series.