Corsair (Pirate) Paperback – Unabridged, 4 Jan 2008
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'...interesting story and a captivating adventure. Throughout the pages of the novel you can see the author's love for history.' -- Dark Wolf's Fantasy Reviews
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What I came to expect and hoped for with this new series made it one of my highlights for the second part of this year. Alas I was left feeling a little cheated with the first novel, well that's not exactly accurate the beginning piece left me feeling cheated whilst the rest of the novel took a while to build up my trust in his talent. Why was this? Well personally I felt that we really didn't get a chance to know the principle protagonist in much the same way that we did with his other series and as such made it difficult to come to grips with the challenges of his life let alone the agonies to which he was afflicted.
However as the novel continued we did get a glimpse of the talent that made me sit up and listen to his earlier fiction and gently brought me back into the type of tale I have come to expect. Whether this first novel was designed to be more of an introduction to his world rather than a full throttle excitement is what we will have to wait to see, yet we know that the next novel in the series will see not only massive challenges for our heroes but also allow the reader to see how each of them will rebuild their lives after the events in the first installment, whether I'd buy this novel before the second part is available I think that I'd probably leave it. This is due to my own chain of thoughts that if the second installment is going to do what I suspect it will, it will make the series a hard to put down necessity. I just hope that this is going to be the case and that Tim will not prove to be a one fiction series author.
The hero of the story is Hector Lynch, an Irishman taken as a teen by slavers. He is both too clever and too lucky, each time he gets himself into a situation there is an easy out, and he also lacks depth as a character so it becomes hard to care anyway. His sister was also taken and there is a theme about him trying to track her down, but this is resolved in about three dull pages and then Hector rolls onto his next unlikely escapade. Hector is also the focal point for us to be educated about the era, “What is that?” he might ask and of course the response is used to tell us all sorts of in depth detail. Too much in-depth detail.
This does really read as if a historian has wrapped a story around a historical period, but without the art and craft of story-telling. This is just flat and horrible. I had been looking forward to this and thought the author might be my kind of writer, but I think I’ll give him a miss from now on.
This in the first book in a trilogy following the trials and tribulations of Hector Lynch. Set in the 17th Century it is a historical adventure novel. He is abducted from his home, along with his sister, in Ireland by a Corsair, then sold off as a slave.
In order to be treated more fairly in his role as a slave he decides (with a friend called Dan) to take the turban and convert from christianity to islam. However when he takes to the sea in a robbing spree his ship is attacked and he becomes once again a slave, this time however to the Christians.
Joined by 3 friends (a french burglar, a fellow slave & a mutilated christian) we follow his life from country to country and enslaver to enslaver.
Not a bad book, but occasionally read like a school textbook with the author seeming more intent on facts than plot. I was bordering on 3 or 4 stars for the book, but I think I learnt a few new facts along the journey so gave it a 4l
Would I read the rest of the trilogy? I'm not sure, but you never know.......
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I thuoght this book was a good read it is very informative about the history of the time and cleverly explained in the text I could not wait to read Hectors next adventure which... Read morePublished on 12 Jan. 2013 by rc
I am surprised at the reviews below. I think this book is exactly what it makes out to be. A historical adventure novel. Read morePublished on 10 April 2011 by cuentacuentos
I enjoyed this book .It shows a lot of research and historical background. It is not a rip roaring adventure. I hope it is the start of a great saga. I look forward to more. Read morePublished on 7 Mar. 2011 by A. Browne
All the reviews to date are accurate. Great respect for the author's attention to detail but disappointment in the story and character development. Read morePublished on 13 Feb. 2011 by Slowhand
Having read three of these books I do tend to agree with others about the historical context etc, but they lacked sort of action. Read morePublished on 29 Oct. 2010 by Riva
I think the trouble is with reviews on Amazon is that people either give a very high score or very low score. Read morePublished on 6 Sept. 2010 by Mr. Richard Bristol