Tortuga Bay

Tortuga Bay

by SR Staley


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ISBN-13: 9781940869513
Publisher: Southern Yellow Pine (SYP) Publishing LLC
Publication date: 08/14/2015
Pages: 246
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

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Tortuga Bay 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
MCSimon More than 1 year ago
Recently, the award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction, S.R. Staley, captured my attention with his “Tortuga Bay” story. First, the book cover hooked me while sending me back in time, into my childhood where anything to do with pirates would grab me inside a world that I’ve always found fascinating. I had an amazing and beautiful childhood; therefore, anything that reconnects me with those times when I was dreaming of being a female pirate instantly has my vote. It’s the first time reviewing a book where I feel the need to praise the cover designer also. I will not focus on this because our goal here is to do a book review. But… I have to say it… Congratulations to the cover designer! Because of him, I eagerly started reading “Tortuga Bay.” Also, because of the attractive cover, I didn’t even notice that I had the second volume of a series, in my hands. Well… when I did notice, I didn’t have the first volume in hand, so I said let’s give it a try. And… I was not sorry… not even for one moment! “Tortuga Bay” works perfectly well as a stand-alone novel. I can’t lift up the author high enough for the remarkable work he has done. The reader’s attention is grabbed from the first page. You don’t have time to feel bored… you find yourself in the middle of the action. At the same time, you find yourself accompanying very powerful characters during their actions, on the pirates’ ship, in sea battles, royal intrigues, weapons, Haitian voodoo, forbidden romance and love, breathing and feeling the captain’s emotions – Isabella, the female pirate. The first impression was that I have in my hands an adventure book but… soon, all my attention was focused on another element… a prophecy. “No, Isabella, you were following the prophecy, a promise that was made to you many years ago when you were a slave girl in Santo Domingo.” “A prophecy is not a promise.” “To a girl, with nothing to live for, whose world consists of links between brutalities, a prophecy becomes a promise.” Isabella turned back to the port, the glow of the fires consuming everything made by man. “A promise of something bigger than yourself.” “Every child needs that promise.” “But what of an adult? Do we need the same promise?” It is a prophecy that haunted Isabella, from the moment her now dead mother had made it; a prophecy which Isabella wants to escape from. In fact… this aspect hooked me so well that it soon became my reason for reaching the end. My heart was beating faster while I was curious to see how the author will solve its “mystery.” I simply loved the way in which S.R. Staley conducts the development of this issue. He gives hidden clues, all over… and in the end he didn’t disappoint my desire to be surprised. Moreover, nearly all of the book is filled with action turns that kept me busy wanting to see what will happen next. Behind all the visible actions, behind all the amazing adventure with pirates, what yelled at me most was Isabella’s struggle to decipher what haunts her. ‘ “I have discovered the meaning of the prophecy,” she whispered in his ear.’ And… in this moment… a tear came into my eyes and my heart completely melted. It was the last page of “Tortuga Bay”, this most wonderful book. Today… My list of favorite authors became even longer… it has a new name written with golden letters: SR. Staley, the writer who knew how to hook my soul. Five Stars from the bottom of my heart.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Roy T. James for Readers' Favorite Tortuga Bay: Pirate of Panther Bay Series Volume II by SR Staley opens with Isabella waking up to a raid in progress, with the ship's company of pirates busy fighting from their respective stations. In subsequent fights with the Spanish navy, especially dispatched with naval warriors hidden in a merchant ship, they fail to tame the pirates and Governor Rodriguez plans an attack on land. The operation gets planned with Juan Carlos and others in action. Juan Carlos sports a soft spot for Isabella and, to complicate matters, the Governor’s daughter, Rosa, has her eyes on him too. The pirate’s journey to Tortuga Bay progresses with plenty of adventure, a Voodoo priestess, a childhood prophecy, a potential slave uprising, and other events of intrigue en route. Tortuga Bay: Pirate of Panther Bay Series Volume II by SR Staley is full of action. Staley has been very sparing when it came to elements other than action of this story; in the romantic encounters of Isabella or Rosa’s attraction to Juan Carlos, utmost temperance can be seen while narrating the flow of events. Whereas, when it comes to the action, the author is rather unrestrained, greatly enhancing the entertainment quotient of this book. The prevailing ambiance arising from the dreamy scenes and other unearthly elements of this story adds to its suitability for the young adult genre, which the author has in mind. This is a worthy addition to one's library, especially in the young adult genre, and I can confidently say Staley has produced a winner.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite I loved the concept of Tortuga Bay (Pirate of Panther Bay) by SR Staley. What kid doesn't love pirate ships and boats and islands, being on a ship and hearing the lingo and the accents, the parrots and the terminology? My son loved the Pirate of the Caribbean movies and loved playing games on the computer where he could build ships, launch attacks, and chase down other vessels. This book reminded me of that game so much and I know my son would love the setting and the concept of this story. When I was younger, one of my favorite books was set on a ship, so this setting is also very dear to my heart. I also love stories that are educational. I think all fiction should try to teach young people something about a different culture or a different setting in a fun and unique way. That way, they are having so much fun reading the story they don't even realize they are learning! I loved learning about Hispaniola, Tortuga, the Spanish Viceroy, and all of the mutinies and fighting and politics described within these pages. It was a beautiful story that I think kids will love and want to reread multiple times because of all of the swashbuckling, excitement, and adventure. Almost like Zorro on a ship or a Pirates of the Caribbean on the page. Excellent job, I think you will have plenty of fans and followers of this adventure.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite Isabella and her crew found themselves in a sticky position after being lured into a bad position by an enemy warship disguised as a merchant ship. The warship was well equipped with men and weapons, but they were no match for Isabella's quick wit. In the end, not only did she defeat the Spanish warship filled with well-trained sailors and marines, she captured the ship too, further fueling the fury of her pursuer - his Excellency Viceroy José María Ferdinand Rodriguez. In retaliation to the embarrassment of the several failed attempts to capture a mere pirate girl, Rodriguez sent in his people again, with strict instructions not to return without capturing her. Isabella was so tired of running and yet she knew she could not stop. She did not dare stop. Her fight for survival and the will to fulfill a prophecy that put the fate of the countless people oppressed by the laws of His Most Catholic Majesty King Charles III of Spain in her hands kept her going. After yet another encounter with the enemy, Isabella sought temporary refuge to plan her next move and then found herself in the thick of a revolution against slavery and on her path to her higher purpose. Tortuga Bay (Pirate of Panther Bay) by SR Staley is a captivating pirate story delivered with absolute excellence. The idea of a teenage girl as the fierce captain of a crew of pirates is not an easy concept to imagine, let alone bring out on paper, but SR Staley brought her to life brilliantly and made her feel natural and genuine. Isabella is a compelling character with real depth. The character development, coupled with the flawless descriptive writing style and memorable setting vividly brought this story to life. With nonstop action and thrills right from the beginning, SR Staley delivered yet another winner in the Pirate of Panther Bay series. Tortuga Bay is an exceptionally well-developed story that gives a genuine touch to the theme and puts a fresh spin on the way pirate stories are told. Lovers of the genre will find the Pirate of Panther Bay series a worthy read.