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Seawolves: Pirates and Scots [Kindle Edition]

Eric J Graham
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...presents a gripping insight into many Scots who ventured forth in a trade harsher than fiction but no less colourful. -- Scots Magazine

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A gripping insight into many Scots who ventured forth in a trade harsher than fiction but no less colourful,' - Scots Magazine Seawolves is an exciting and thorough examination of Scots connected to piracy, whether they are victims or villains, real or literary. Concentrating mainly on the legendary golden age of pirates - 1690 to 1710 - when pirate vessels not only menaced the waters of the East and West Indies, but even threatened the northern islands of Scotland. During this time, many Scots left hard lives in places like Aberdeen, Stornoway and Orkney to find fame, fortune and adventure on the dangerous high seas of more exotic locations like Madagascar, Brazil or the Caribbean. Some, like Captain James Macrae from Ayr, became well-respected pirate hunters, champions of the law upon the ocean, bravely facing violent battles and unsavoury characters. Others, such as John Gow from Orkney, were these unsavoury characters, their dastardly deeds capturing the imagination of the Scottish public. This morbid fascination is reflected in the work of Scottish writers like Daniel Defoe and Robert Louis Stevenson, with novels such as Robinson Crusoe and Treasure Island, among others, cementing the glamour and notoriety of the pirate in the public mind. Gripping, entertaining and informative, Seawolves shows a different, darker side to the famously enterprising Scot. Graham explores all these elements of Scotland's participation in piracy and provides a fascinating and enlightening account of the lifestyle of those who followed the skull and crossbones, often to their death on the gallows.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5241 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Birlinn (1 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009YP988M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #590,878 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read 10 Dec 2008
By Gary B
Format:Hardcover
I disagree with the other review of this book. I found it a very worthwhile read, especially for anyone with an interest in seafaring, shipping, the navy or history. Don't be put off.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great stories - poorly written 24 Jan 2006
Format:Hardcover
Overall he has found some great stories to tell. But the way that they are interwoven and structured is awful. In some cases you have to re-read some sections or refer back over many pages to fully understand what he is trying to relate. It improves a bit as the book progresses, but (as the great Paul Daniels says), not a lot.
In some cases he doesn't complete a story, or misses a chance to expand upon an interesting line of inquiry (or supposition). In other cases, he brings in names with little, or no, previous reference to their role in the story.
I'm glad I've read it, but I wouldn't recommend that anybody buy it. Borrow it certainly, but there are better ways of spending your money.
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