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Corsair (Pirate) Paperback – Unabridged, 4 Jan 2008

2.9 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; paperback / softback edition (4 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330443135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330443135
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 697,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

'Deals with the fascinating and seldom explored area of white slavery...'
-- Huddersfield Daily Examiner

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The master storyteller of VIKING returns with an action-packed swashbuckling pirate adventure

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Format: Hardcover
This book is a prime example of an author delving deeply into the history books to create a world full of accurate details and realistic settings but forgetting that his main job is telling an engaging story... It all seemed to flit from one place to another without any real characterisation, while the end was (how else to put it) a bit of a damp squib... It's a shame, nice ideas, poor execution...
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By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Sept. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Tim's brand new series to sail the seven seas with. Whilst we have come to know Tim as not only a practical author who has completed challenges to see how accurate the documentation or oral tales of the times are but also on the level of technologies of our ancestors were, we have also come to respect him for his hugely energetic and fast action paced Viking Trilogy adventure.

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.
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By Nick Brett TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Feb. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Other reviewers have pointed this out, but Corsair is an unusual historical novel. The norm is to have a story set in a historical period which provides an engaging backdrop to the narrative. Here the narrative seems to take second place to excessive information about the era. The balance just doesn’t work.

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.
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Format: Paperback
Corsair - Tim Severin ****

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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Format: Hardcover
Set in the late 1670's and early 1680's, Corsair is real adventure tale set on the high seas, the Mediterranean, North Africa, deserts and coast. Wonderfully descriptive, full of adventure, intrigue, history, pain, suffering and joy. Hector Lynch the hero and main protagonist of the the story lives in a small isolated Irish village and his life is quite uneventful until one fearful night the village is raided by Barbary corsairs and Hector and his sister and a group of young men and women from the village are kidnapped and taken away to Algiers in North Africa where they are sold as slaves. Hector's tale becomes ever more interesting and exciting and he manages to negotiate and duck and dive his way out of several very dangerous situations. Along with his fellow captive, Dan, a Miskito Indian from the Caribbean and Jacques Bourdon a slave from. French naval galley they make a fine team driven on together by Hectors desperate attempts to discover what has happened to his sister and hopefully to free themselves from their desperate situation. I absolutely loved this book and it is clear that author Tim Severin knows his facts as there is a lot of historical accuracy in this novel. Wonderful and I have bought the next book in the series to find out what happens next to Hector Lynch and his companions.
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