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Matelots (Raised By Wolves)

Matelots (Raised By Wolves) [Kindle Edition]

W.A. Hoffman
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Part two of a four part "love story for men" set amongst the buccaneers of Port Royal during the infamous Henry Morgan raids of the 1660?s. With humor, adventure, and romance, it chronicles the life of John Williams, the Viscount of Marsdale, libertine, duelist, dilettante, haphazard philanthropist and philosopher, and his relationship with Gaston the Ghoul, exiled French madman and physician.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1948 KB
  • Print Length: 606 pages
  • Publisher: Alien Perspective (14 April 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0011DFQC2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good but... 21 Aug 2011
By Furio
It seems unfair to criticize a novel which is original, very long, well researched, well written, well plotted with fully rounded main and side characters.
This second volume of the series is even better than the first as it sheds any clumsiness that may have been found in the debut instalment.

Yet I could never care for the characters. I did not like them in the first volume and even less I liked them here. They felt cold, distant, their struggles and sufferings -though many and indulged upon- never made me feel something for them.

I understand this is an entirely subjective review based on feelings more than sheer facts but this is precisely how I felt about it and hope to entice and read comments from other reviewers that are not entirely enthusiastic.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wherein I Give Up and Read Book 2 3 Mar 2013
By S. Caughie VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
Brethren: Raised by Wolves was one of those books that I was appalled at myself for reading, and yet couldn't put down. Not appalled by the subject matter, I should add, but by the melodramatic, soap-opera-ish, Twilight-esque treatment of it. I mean, gay pirates endlessly navel gazing about the meaning of life, love, and their emotionally scarring pasts while the ship apparently sails itself...really? Never mind the endless loop of: 'You can't be with me, I'll probably go mad and kill you!/Yeah but you're hot so I don't care.' Lash my hands and throw me overboard, but I'd have thought they'd have just vented it all by raiding something or dueling someone...

Well, anyway, after Will & Gaston sailed off into the sunset pondering the various mythical metaphors they'd created to explain how they're better than everyone else, I thought, 'That was fun, but I'm finished,' and went off to read some far more edifying YA dystopia. Except I couldn't stop thinking about our happily deranged pirate couple, and after fighting my baser urges for a whole two days, I slapped down $10 for book 2.

First things first, this is a better book than the first. Don't get me wrong: it's still overly long, still has tiresome passages of emo angsty pirate introspection, Will is still a little too fabulous to be believed and Gaston still harangues us about his madness ad nauseum, never mind posessing endless modern medical knowledge. But there's also more of a plot than there was in the first one, and it's a bit more realistic. Which isn't to say that much of it IS realistic, just less ridiculous than the first, where 17th c. pirate life rather resembled a floating gay bar. No, not even that, since everyone seemed to be happily monogamous...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping... 29 Oct 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
"WOW... brilliant!
A rowdy, yet believable, romp. Four volumes chronicles the relationship between two high-strung, young men, an emotionally wounded and disenchanted English lord and an insane and lonely French exile, set among the buccaneers of Port Royal, Jamaica, in the 17th century.
As the saga develops, a cabal is build of buccaneers, their associates and matelots - matelotage being equal to marriage between two buccaneers.
I'm not going to delve into the storyline here, it'simply too extensive. Just read it...
The books are very well researched and well written with in-depth characterizations. Each of the four volumes is a brick, a proper book... Lots of good reading here!

Contrary to what is expressed in another review, I have no problems with the main characters at all and easily feel emotionally attached to the matelots Will and Gaston.

1: Brethren: Raised by Wolves
2: Matelots: Raised by Wolves
3: Treasure: Raised by Wolves
4: Wolves: Raised by Wolves
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5.0 out of 5 stars Matelots 3 May 2007
By Jem - Published on
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Usually, the second book in a series doesn't hold up to the calibur of the first. Hoffman, however, delivers in spades. Matelots is equal to, if not better than, Brethren: Raised by Wolves. Hoffman makes exceptional use of language to put the reader in the time period without burdening us with difficult to read passages. The old-fashioned phrasing used by the characters could have been awkward, but is heart-felt and realistic here. Secondary characters take a bigger part in this story, especially Gaston, making the dialog even more important. The author cleverly shows the "evolution" of buccaneers into pirates and how the term "mate" derived from matelot to be more encompassing (much to the disgust of a few characters!). Whether this is historically accurate is irrelevant; it gives the reader something to grab onto in the story to connect them with what we *think* we know about pirates and who the buccaneers actually were. The pacing of the book is excellent and there is a lot of action, but the focus is the evolving relationship between Gaston and Will.

At the end of Brethren, we saw that Will and Gaston had grown to love one another, but there are more obstacles in their way than sexual preference. Gaston and Will both have personal demons that threaten to destroy them from within. Gaston does suffer some mental illness which is exacerbated by the horrors in his past and his fear of hurting Will. Will has been damaged both physically and mentally by the cruelty Shane inflicted on him. Add to this Will's father scheming to have Will marry and produce an heir, Gaston's dangerous jealousy over potential brides, the consequences of their encounter with Doucette, and the dangers of their lifestyle and these two have a lot to overcome.

I cannot recommend these two books enough! They are wonderful stories with depth and power that will keep a reader up long past their bedtime to finish. This is historical fiction at its best. Volume 3 "Raised by Wolves: Treasure" is due in Spring 2008, and Volume 4 "Raised by Wolves: Wolves" in Spring 2009. I hate waiting!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read and be enthralled! 26 April 2007
By Wren MacDonald - Published on
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You know how sometimes the following books in a series just aren't as good as the first one? Yeah... forget that. This one rocks!

The adventures and soul explorations of Will and Gaston continue in book two much to the satisfaction of this reader, with plot twists and insights and all the things you've come to love from book one and then some. The ending to book two is **fantastic** (no, don't skip ahead!), and things that you had hoped would happen happen, as well as things you never saw coming.

I highly, highly recommend this book as well as its predecessor, Brethren (Raised by Wolves book one). This is easily my favorite series of all time. These are the type of novels that speak to your soul of what it means to be human. I can't recommend them enough!!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly spellbinding and gripping volume 2. 13 May 2007
By R.Parklane - Published on
As a forewarning, if you love vol 1, you should not start this unless you have uninterrupted time to finish it, as I did so in 1.5 days. Like its prequel, "Matelots" is truly captivating. I am under its spell from page one as Will's distinctive and vivid narration easily draws me into the arousing and deeply touching world of the buccaneers and their matelots.
Will and Gaston is of course the main focus as each man battles his ghosts and haunted past. The ensuing anger, pain and madness is one emotional ride which only their unwaveringly steadfast love for each other could overcome. Their story is powerfully stirring and deeply emotional as it is told with such passion and intensity.
Vol 2 also breathes life into most of the side characters introduced in vol 1 as their stories are entwined with that of Will and Gaston. However, the writer has done an injustice in this second volume, by forcing a female into Striker's and Pete's relationship. My heart goes out to poor Pete. Is the writer trying to create angst in her story ? But Striker's change of heart is really sad and disheartening. I do not favor M/M/F and hate this change in Pete's and Striker's relationship. However as Pete and Striker are not the main characters I will not mark the book down but this really leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
Lastly with the appearance of Alonso, there is much more installed.
Matelots is not merely a historical gay romance. Hoffman has given us a truly magnificent epic, at its core one mesmerizing love story. And now to wait most patiently for Wolves:Raised by Wolves.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Incredible Journey of Love Like No Other I have Read! 18 Jun 2007
By Jane - Published on
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There are so many rave reviews that it is hard to add to what has been said. Aside from the incredible story of buccaneers,the love & loss of matelots, the arrival & marriange of Will's sister (plus more) - stands a love. A love that knows no bounds! A love that conquers personal demons of rape, physical & mental abuse, manipulations of other people in the lives of Gaston & Will. A strength of love that will beat all odds of survival, will beat all adversaries, will defeat all others who want them, and I hope a love that will ultimately defeat & destroy Will's father & Shane. A strength of love that Will gave to Gaston; which then allowed Gaston to be Will's bulwark when Will's demons came! This is a love that leaves all others jealous and gasping in the shadows for even a morsel of what Gaston & Will mean to each other. We also discover & explore with Gaston & Will a little D/s. Hoffman takes the time to unravel the darkness & depths of their despair & abuse in order to bring Gaston & Will to perfect bliss again & again. This story left me breathless & wanting more.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sequel Worthy of Its Predecessor 14 Oct 2007
By BlueSimplicity - Published on
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"Matelots: Raised by Wolves" is the sequel to "Bethren," both by W.A. Hoffman. In Matelots, W.A. Hoffman further develops and explores the relationship between not only Will and Gaston, but the other Matelots as well. It is one of the few sequels I have read that is as good as, if not better, than its predecessor.

In it, W.A. Hoffman bravely explores all aspects of the relationship between Will and Gaston, using her always keen and flawless writing to examine the complex emotional, sexual and psychological development of her two main characters. She makes choices that are not easy, but honest, and as a result, while perhaps somewhat darker than "Brethren," "Matelots" proves to be an even more intense and satisfying read.

She also further develops the political and social landscape of Jamaica in the 1600s, and does it in such a way that the reader can envision themselves living on that island during that time. More characters are introduced, dynamics are changed, and small threads she introduced in Brethren take center stage. W.A. Hoffman is an expert as foreshadowing, and with all the groundwork she has laid down in this book, I can't wait to see where she next takes this story.

But central to it all is the relationship of Will and Gaston. They are an extremely complicated and likeable pairing, well matched, and it is always fascinating to seem them interact with each other as well as the world around them. But as always, their love is central to it all, and I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series to see where she will take not only them, but the rest of the Brethren as well. And I have no doubt the next chapter in the story of their lives will be just as intense, interesting, complex and passionate.
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