Thursday, March 03, 2011
Laura S. Wharton's The Pirate's Bastard ~ Reviewed
The Pirate’s Bastard
By Laura S. Wharton
Second Wind Publishing, LLC 2010
Review by Michelle Griep
Edward Marshall’s future as a shipbuilder in colonial North Carolina is filled with promise until his past confronts him. Ignatius Pell, boatswain to Edward’s errant pirate father, has a plan. It involves voyaging to the Caribbean to find hidden treasure once belonging to the pirate Stede Bonnet. When Edward refuses to get involved, Pell uncorks his final offer: Blackmail.
Author Laura S. Wharton has certainly done her homework. There’s gobs of information about ships and riggings and boat-building. Her detail paints a very vivid picture in the mind of the reader.
The story takes place mostly in North Carolina but some in Barbados—a great place for this reader to run away to during the throes of a Minnesota winter. Hero Edward Marshall is an admirable character even if his father is not…or rather in spite of his father.
All in all, if ye be a pirate at heart, you might want to take a look at The Pirate’s Bastard.