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PIRATE: Buccaneer: The Pirate Adventures of Hector Lynch

PIRATE: Buccaneer: The Pirate Adventures of Hector Lynch [Kindle Edition]

Tim Severin
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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'It's always good to get on the high seas and Severin is the best of mariners in the age of fighting sail...' -- Oxford Times

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Sailing across the Caribbean Hector Lynch falls into the hands of the notorious buccaneer, Captain John Coxon. Hector’s two friends, Dan and Jacques, are released when Coxon mistakes Hector as the nephew of Sir Thomas Lynch the Governor of Jamaica - an error that Hector encourages. Coxon delivers Hector to Sir Henry Morgan, a bitter enemy of Governor Lynch. The captain is expecting to curry favour with Henry Morgan but is publicly humiliated at a Christmas ball held in Morgan’s grand Jamaican home when it is revealed that Hector is not a member of the Governor’s family. From then on, Coxon seeks to revenge himself on Hector and the young seafarer finds himself on the run again. On his new journey he falls in love for the first time, gets caught in a deadly hurricane and merely survives another shipwreck. Eventually he teams up again with his old friends Dan, Jacques and the group joins an expedition along the Panama coast. Their aim is to raid one of the biggest Spanish gold mines, but their plans are soon interfered by some angry Spaniards. . . and their clash has even more dramatic consequences . . .

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 736 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1405088907
  • Publisher: Pan; Unabridged edition (9 Jan 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0044XV5GM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #162,778 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Tim Severin, explorer, film-maker and lecturer, has made many expedition from his crossing of the Atlantic in a medieval leather boat in The Brendan Voyage to, most recently, In Search of Moby Dick and Robinson Crusoe. He has won the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award, the Book of the Sea Award, a Christopher Prize, and the literary medal of the Academie de la Marine.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pirates must be more than a teaching aid. 29 May 2013
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Pirates have to be at least a little evil and tortured, but Tim Severin's protagonist is too much of a Goody Two Shoes. His merry band of friends pitted against their comic-opera captains brought Enid Blyton's 'Famous Five' to mind at times, with lashings of ginger rum. The dialogue was not nearly earthy or menacing enough. Severin has obviously read the relevant journals which survive from Sharp's cruise. Although he edits and alters some facts, which is his right as a fiction novelist, the main historical themes emerge accurately. Details of maritime life are well explained, even if they are 'crow-barred' into the narrative rather crudely. He's sharing his research like a schoolteacher and sugaring the pill with a half-hearted adventure story. It's the characterisation that disappoints, being formulaic and shallow. We are left mildly entertained, not captured, by his pirates, and we can get the history elsewhere.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book 6 Sep 2010
I actually think this book was really good. OK, it's not perfect, but still I ploughed through the story and found it was easy to follow, the story good, characters interesting and the imagery clear. It is better than the first in the series, but I have found both books an entertaining read. I just found it great to follow the character as he moved from place to place across the Caribbean and the characters and places he came across.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Readable but a little flawed 23 Aug 2010
A holiday read because I was going to that part of the world, I enjoyed reading it, and it flowed pretty fast. I had a problem with not ever really getting to know the main character, apart from dreaming about pretty girls (and who doesn't do that!) I did not get much of a feel about who he was and what drove him, apart from self preservation. I thought some of the coincidences over thousands of miles of sea were a little unlikely, and I did not get a strong sense of the time passing, which stretched several years but felt like a few weeks. Overall it is readbale and quite entertaining, some of the fight and action scenes are good. but I'm not sure I will rush to read the rest of the series.
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2.0 out of 5 stars More education than entertainment 21 April 2010
By Paul
I bought this book as a double pack with Corsair. It's a long way off the entertainment quality of Bernard Cornwell but it's not without it's merits. The author is a lecturer and it does show. He obviously knows his stuff and wants to pass that knowledge on but he's a bit cack handed at doing it. The information is layered on top of the sparse plot as superfluous information that clunks as it is read. People just don't talk in this way and it grates every time he does it, which is often.

I preferred the setting of Corsair to be honest. The Barbary coast and Muslim pirates was a new and refreshing concept to me and moving the action across the Atlantic has taken away the novelty that made up for the subpar prose.

Worth a read but only as a bargain.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sound Second 20 Jan 2009
This is the sequel to the first book: Corsair, it will certainly not disappoint those who loved the opening instalment.

Action packed as you would expect, the book follows the lives of the Buccaneers as they raid Spanish South America in search of plunder!

It is absolutely essential that you read Corsair before this book as the relationships between Hector and his friends are soundly established in the first book and you need that `inside knowledge' to fully appreciate the beauty of this novel.

If you enjoy novels containing pirates and seafaring then this series is highly recommended. Start with the first book and you will be eagerly anticipating this excellent read!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than original 7 July 2008
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
A riproaring adventure that continues on from Tim's previous novel Corsair. Whilst the first was a little slow to begin with this one doesn't hesitate and goes full tilt to the yard arm with all guns blazing. Cracking adventure, intriguing characters with just a dash of luck in the right places. This makes this latest offering not only hard to put down but a tale to keep the colours flying. An epic in the making in much the same way as Tim's Viking trilogy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 9 July 2014
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good book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 1 July 2014
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A great read. I think that I have read everything that he has written.Always great.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
very much enjoyed Hector's exploits. I look forward to reading book three. I particularity enjoyed the lovely descriptions of the south American coast
Published 8 months ago by Carolyn Cameron
5.0 out of 5 stars Reading
Just my sort of book, from start to finish I enjoyed it all.
Tim Severin has got the gift of storey telling with suspense on every page
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Fast action packed 2nd book in the series. Follows hector and his friends in the south seas as buccaneers and Hector finds use for his mant talents
Published 19 months ago by Christopher R. Miles
3.0 out of 5 stars Engaging but lacking in plot
"Buccaneer" is an enjoyable read - well written with enjoyable characters. I enjoyed it but it is a bit directionless: the book actually doesn't have any sort of plot. Read more
Published on 9 Nov 2012 by Mr. Ross Maynard
4.0 out of 5 stars The on going saga
once again i have enoyed Tim Severin's work, carried on with the Lynch saga with carabien flavour, plenty of action and adventure. Now ready for the final instalment.
Published on 5 Jan 2012 by ian c
4.0 out of 5 stars yo ho ho
This book continues the pirate adventures of Hector Lynch in the New world. It is very interesting in a historical sense ,the plot carries you along . Read more
Published on 20 May 2011 by A. Browne
3.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read.
Buccaneer is the sequel to Corsair. In this outing Hector Lynch is the Caribbean. With his friends Dan and Jacques, he becomes involved in a pirate adventure, raiding the Spanish... Read more
Published on 11 May 2011 by J.Flood
4.0 out of 5 stars Good adventure story
I bought this when I was given a book token as a present. I'd enjoyed Alexander Kent's 'Bolitho' series and thought I give nautical fiction another go. Read more
Published on 15 Oct 2010 by Dodster
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