A deal with the devil...Jack Mallory has vowed to abandon his nefarious seafaring life to be with the woman he loves, but his final act of piracy leaves him facing the noose. His one chance at freedom: a deal with an old enemy, Ezra Archer, a wealthy Charles Town planter.Archer has his sights set on increasing his lands and securing a seat on the Carolina Assembly-and he will destroy anyone in his way. At first, Jack's pact with the ruthless planter seems benign-sail to Virginia to fetch Archer's niece. Yet soon he discovers Archer's plans for the girl are anything but honorable and could endanger his own future, a future that seems increasingly bleak when faced with Archer's next, murderous task.With time running out and innocent lives hanging in the balance, Jack must find a way to break his deal with the devil or forever forfeit the honest life he had hoped to reclaim for himself and his family.
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In “The Fortune,” Susan Keogh again presents us with three dimensional, complex characters and a dramatic story with twists and turns. The hero, Jack Mallory, faces a dilemma more difficult than the possibility of being hanged for piracy: does he commit a heinous act or endanger Helen, his little sister, and Maria, the woman he loves? And what does he do with Ketch, an adversary capable of great tenderness and sacrifice for Helen, but also brutal to his enemies? As in Ms. Keogh’s other books, the setting in Colonial America comes alive, and readers experience the action with the characters. Here, we see a more mature Jack, taking responsibility for Helen and finally starting to listen to his heart. We also learn more about Ketch and the physical and emotional scars he bears. Each revelation contributes the larger story of the series and a satisfying ending to the novel. If you like a tale with an atypical setting and atypical characters wrestling with their choices, you will enjoy “The Fortune.”