The Smuggler's Gambit

The Smuggler's Gambit

by Sara Whitford
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The Smuggler's Gambit by Sara Whitford

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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780986325205
Publisher: Seaport Publishing
Publication date: 03/17/2015
Series: Adam Fletcher Adventure Series , #1
Pages: 324
Sales rank: 985,577
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.73(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

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The Smuggler's Gambit 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Adam is like most 17 year olds that act before they think and then have to suffer the consequences and in Adams case it becomes life theatening. This story caught me up from the first page with never a boring moment...this is a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Characters well developed. Good story line.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A juvinile story that is great reading if you are about 12 years old.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Suspenseful and engaging. Very likeable characters. Man vs man. I am on to the next book in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was different and very interesting. Very believable characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent story. Easy to follow and interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable read Enjoyable read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great adventure book. It has it all - fights, espionage, budding love, betrayal and enough twists and turns to capture your imagination.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read!
Anonymous 12 days ago
Finished reading in less then a week. Couldn't put it down.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Coming of age in the pre-revolution period.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Enjoyed this book very much. Thinking of buying the next one. Moves quickly and the store line kept my interest.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Anonymous 7 months ago
The story was enjoyable enough, though predictable. The characters are varied and believable but static. It is a light, clean, easy read. Fact check: Martin's horse is refered to as a chestnut with a black mane and tail. A brown horse with a black mane and tail is a bay, while a chestnut is all brown.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Page turner and I enjoyed the plot line,historical fiction at the best!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story and always enjoy a good author.
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SeaWolf More than 1 year ago
Good read. A bit slow at times but overall it was interesting with well developed characters and plot
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice plot, interesting historical details, good book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beginning excellent. While the story remains good, the writer's voice seemed to change halfway through.
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.