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Everything comes round again...,
This review is from: The Pirate Devlin (Pirate Devlin 1) (Hardcover)
The horrible suspicion I have about this book is that it is fashionable. I think that it has found a publisher because, what with the success of the "Pirates of the Carribean" franchise, it is feeding our sudden re-obsession with crime on the High Seas.
Now, Mr Keating clearly is interested in the subject and he has obviously done a lot of research. Some of the historical gems he uses run very counter to the accepted clichés of the pirate genre and are genuinely enlightening. However, although this action-adventure, derring-do yarn attempts to follow in the tradition of Hornblower, Ramage and Sharpe, I'm afraid it isn't anywhere near as good.
The plot develops far too quickly and the storyline jumps around too much. Interesting scenes are resolved too quickly. The main protagonist is far too skimpily drawn for us to relate to. At the same time, very promising secondary characters are killed off before we can get to know them. Others that are less well drawn survive to make decisions that seem to serve the needs of the story, rather than in accordance with their personalities. Don't misunderstand me - this is not a bad novel by any means, but it's a long way from being a classic.