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5.0 out of 5 stars More Jesamiah ! Huzzah !, 24 Oct 2007
Having fallen head over heels for that charming rogue of a pirate captain in the first novel of the series, Sea Witch, I was delighted to get another fix of Jesamiah Acorne in the next book, Pirate Code! As always Helen Hollick brings her considerable skills as one of Britain's top historical writers to her pirate tales for an adult audience. The same wonderful characterisation, vivid description and rattling good story lines keeps the reader turning the pages and yearning for yet more adventures.
Roll on book three, and four and......
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Rollicking Sequel, 1 May 2009
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This is a worthy sequel to the excellent Sea Witch book. Jesamiah is back and is as lovable as ever. The story takes up the story immediately where the last one ends. The crew of the Sea Witch are no longer pirates as they have accepted the governors amnesty. Does this mean that life will become humdrum and boring for Jesamiah? Not a chance with Overstratten still on the scene and a war with Spain on the horizon!
This is a great adventure and I would definitely recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic second installment in the Sea Witch series, 20 Nov 2011
This review is from: Pirate Code (Sea Witch Voyages Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
Pirate Code is the second novel in the Sea Witch series and it is a direct continuation of the first book. As with the original novel, it offers a thrilling mixture of daring adventure, fantasy, romance and a grog-filled barrel full of colonial machinations and piratey shenanigans.

If I had to make a single criticism it is that the fantasy/supernatural elements might, perhaps, be more smoothly integrated into the main plot-line. They play a part in the story for sure, but because they are mostly relegated to between chapter interludes, they can seem somewhat tacked on.

I've thought long and hard about whether to award the novel four or five stars. I settled on four stars due to my aforementioned complaint but make no mistake about it, in all other respects the novel deserves *five stars out of five*.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great adventure ....... hot pirate!, 17 July 2011
Having recently read Pirate Code and Bring it Close, I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed both. Helen Hollick's clever blend of fantasy with researched history brings the story alive with memorable characters, ones who are easy to invest in and get to know. Jesemiah ("there should be a `Captain' in there somewhere") Acorne is a handsome, charming rogue with a loyal and brave heart and an endearing twist of mischief. His presence would set any hot blooded woman's heart a-pounding........ Unfortunately, he's taken! Deeply in love with his white witch, Tiola, and his ship, Seawitch, in almost equal measure he is often torn between his wish to be at sea and his need to have his woman in his arms.

Believable pirate fiction must be difficult to write for those authors who wish to create more than a sappy romance. Endings must be especially hard. Who, among us, can imagine a true pirate settling down with a family to take up farming, run a tavern or some other equally exhilarating and rousing `adventure'? Helen Hollick has seemingly done the impossible in her Seawitch series. Manipulated into taking on a perilous mission, Pirate Code has Jesemiah and his crew plying the dark and dangerous waters to Hispaniola in search of an elusive cache of indigo. Technically no longer a pirate, having accepted the 'King's Pardon' of 1718, Jesemiah must somehow accomplish his undertaking without being seen to 'turn pirate' again and staying out from under the meddling nose of the Royal Navy.

Second book in a current trilogy, the descriptions are awesome, the characters thoroughly believable and interesting, the conversational repartee slick and witty: her description of the ocean and finely researched detail about sailing ships is incontrovertible. I found this to be a very satisfying mix of adventure and romance and the gritty reality and danger of a life at sea. This is terrific arm-chair (or swing seat on the deck) reading at its very best; everything one would want in an adventure involving pirates, white witches and goddesses, oceans and sailing ships, pistols and sword fights and plenty of rum!

I would say this falls easily into the 'couldn't put it down' category!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Acorne returns for a pirate romp that keeps getting better, 15 Jan 2011
This review is from: Pirate Code (Paperback)
We first met Jesamiah Acorne in the superb first novel in this series Sea Witch (Sea Witch Series). Jesamiah just wants to marry Tiola and live out his years on his beloved ship but fate has other things in store. To begin with Tiola's husband will only divorce her if Jesamiah goes to Hispianola and finds some barrels of precious Indigo. War with Spain looms and it turns out that the Governor of Nassau wants Jesamaiah to go to Hispaniola anyway to find a missing spy.

Jesamiah is thrust into the middle of not just a war between Spain and England but also both the mission to discover who is a spy (who can be trusted and who not) and a rebellion against the governor of Hispaniola.

Jesamiah needs all his luck and guile as well as courage to get out all this alive. Along the way we find out a little more about his past. The end is dramatic, exciting and just very well written.

For me this is better than the first book and I recommend it for anyone who loves a good pirate romp.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner!, 1 Sep 2010
This review is from: Pirate Code (Paperback)
Pirate Code kept me on the edge of my seat. Hands down, another Sea Witch Series winner!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another cracker, 11 May 2014
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This review is from: Pirate Code (Sea Witch Voyages Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
Could not put this book down. I enjoyed every shared moment with the main characters. Looking forward to the next voyage with them.
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