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3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  139 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
Pirates of Savannah: The Trilogy includes "Sold in Savannah," "Battle Rats" and "The Rise of April," The trilogy is a historical fiction novel about the birth of liberty in the south. It takes place during pre-Revolutionary War age, truly a fascinating time in history that has been greatly ignored by other authors. At its heart, it is a tale of prisoners, refugees and soci ...more
Paperback, 418 pages
Published May 25th 2011 by Porcupine Publications (first published November 26th 2010)
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Andrew Brown
Sep 10, 2011 Andrew Brown rated it it was amazing
Pirates of Savannah is a brilliant, exciting, swashbuckling, pirate adventure. Its fast moving pace keeps the reader held and locked into the story through to the last page. One of the things that fascinated me about the book is that because it was so well researched and had so many accurate historical facts the story is completely believable even if the principle characters are fictional. The book gives you an accurate picture of what conditions of the period were like and what the early US set ...more
Elizabeth Marshall
Sep 01, 2011 Elizabeth Marshall rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most grounded historical books I have ever read. If you like historical fiction that is accurate and entertaining you will love this book.

Filled with adventure, suspense, intrigue, danger, love and hate, this story is about freedom and the fight for it in a new and dangerous world.

Tarrin has an incredible knowledge of history and he has used this knowledge to take the reader to a place and time in history when people bravely fought for the lifestyle we enjoy today.

I adored the
Reagen Desilets
May 17, 2011 Reagen Desilets rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book! What a fantastic journey Tarrin takes the reader on! From the dungeons in London to the new city of Savannah in the 1700s before the Revolutionary War. He paints a very real picture of what life was like for the colonists and servants and slaves and how they try to find their path to freedom. Tarrin uses real historical events and characters and one can imagine walking in the same footsteps as the characters. I highly recommend this book! :)
Feb 03, 2012 Kim marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
I will be reading this book A.S.A.P. My family came to this country from England in 1620. My ancestor was an original resident of Salem, Mass. I am very interested in this time period and some of the other books don't address this subject very well. I am very anxious to read what this book has to offer.
Grace Elliot
Aug 13, 2011 Grace Elliot rated it it was amazing
A light shines on a dark period in American history.

Patrick is incarcerated in London, for debts incurred nursing his sick father. Times are so desperate his best option is transportation to America to be sold into what is slavery- by another-name.
Patrick arrives in Savannah and is bought by a blacksmith of Scottish decent, who has secret sympathies with his indentures plight. The residents of Savannah live under a rule of cruelty and abuse, dealt out by the governing English soldiers, or lobs
Flora Smith
This was a most interesting history lesson. It covers a time in history that is frequently overlooked. In the early 1700 Patrick is a young man in England who's father has just died and his family has lost its fortune. Being the oldest son he is thrown into debtors prison where we see the squalid and disease ridden condition of the prisons. We follow his life as he is released and sold as an indentured servant in Savannah. Here he begins a new life, with a new family, and learns about freedom an ...more
Aug 19, 2011 Shomeret rated it liked it
I first need to remind people that three stars means that I liked it. That's the official Goodreads meaning of the three stars rating. It was a fun read. I enjoy reading about colonial America and rebellious outsiders who aren't accepted by conventional society. I am a fan of the pirates of this era. The pirate/bawdy house madam who called herself April Sky was a particularly wonderful character. I also really liked the Scottish anarchist who was known as Archibald Freeman. The character of Patr ...more
Aug 09, 2011 ruby rated it it was amazing
I love the book and and adored getting to know the characters intimately to illustrate them. Being able to read it before it was published was fun. Like being in on a big secret. Real pirate History/ fictional pirates/ Love/ a little sex/ guns-n-booty, cant be anything but fun. Can't wait to see it be a movie one day (Dream big!!!!)
Austin Briggs
Aug 14, 2011 Austin Briggs rated it it was amazing
Just finished Tarrin P. Lupo's book. What an experience. I feel like I've just come out of the steamy, dangerous, yet hopeful Savannah of the 18th century.

I have several comments - and as always when I'm deeply touched by a book, I'll mention 3 strongest areas and 1 area where I believe the book can further improve.

The strongest areas:

+ The depth and breadth of research. Clearly Tarrin has gone through much historical material, and the book rolls, fueled by his passion and knowledge. I got tru
Linda Rae
Aug 22, 2011 Linda Rae rated it did not like it
Potential Wasted

This is a case of a book with potential being offered up before it was ready. There are glaring issues that need to be address, which the author wishes blamed upon the editor. This book was not ready for editing. It needed to be read and reread by the author. There are punctuation and grammar errors (I'm not speaking of anything in the language of the period...there is a confusion of to/too/two and others throughout). Names spelled one way and then another. Characters seem to spe
Aug 02, 2011 Sandie rated it it was amazing
From begining to end, this book is riddled with history, adventures and full-blown entertainment. Each page left me wanting to know what was going to happen next, preventing me from doing anything other than plow through 50 pages or more at a time. Is it your typically-written, cookie-cutter, historical fiction novel? Not a chance. But what this novel has embedded within the confines of its pages is something I feel is rarely shown in other novels - the author's true voice and point of view. Wit ...more
Jul 29, 2011 Lwf rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone over 18
Recommended to Lwf by: Tarrin Lupo
So far, I LOVE this book! Based in the 1700's, life in England, prison and how a few men were able to leave prison on a ship bound for America. The men find out they are indentured servants for at least 5 years after stepping foot on US soil.....the author brings the characters and surrounding info come to life. He will include things one would not even think about! Can't wait to see how this plot continues.

Currently 2/3 through this wonderful book. There are some plot twists I did not expect so
Sep 06, 2011 Julia rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderfully written book about the beginning of America. I loved the descriptions of the medical procedures (being in the medical field myself) and shipboard life. There are sword fights and redcoats, sex and suspense. This is a good book about the history of the low country of the east coast and I recommend this book highly.
Raine Thomas
Aug 02, 2011 Raine Thomas rated it it was amazing
First, I feel it important to note that "Pirates of Savannah" is quite different from the books I write as well as those I typically read. That said...I loved it!

Mr. Lupo does an excellent job of blending rich and fascinating historical detail with fictional characters and elements that keep the story moving. I can honestly say that I have never read a book even remotely this cleverly woven. Indeed, it was so well done in that respect that I had to read the afterward explaining what parts of the
Katherine Holmes
Oct 29, 2011 Katherine Holmes rated it it was amazing
Tarrin Lupo’s depiction of Patrick, an emigrant from a debtor’s prison to America, is spirited and beyond the shock of his being sold with other ship passengers as indentured servants. The historical landscape is at once established in the American south of the 1700s. But this is an adventure besides its descriptions of Oglethorpe and the blacksmith family where Patrick, once a jeweler, is established. The environment is chaotic and that opens up the plot to Patrick’s journeying with another of ...more
Jul 22, 2011 Veronica rated it it was amazing
This is a well-written account of not only life in Savannah, but of various cultures and the effects of imperialism. It is ground-breaking literature in that it deals with a period of time that is, for the greater part, completely ignored. Tarrin keeps an earthy, realistic tone and doesn't whitewash events or language. The ideals of liberty are very well expressed and Pirates of Savannah is an excellent introduction to this philosophy. I highly recommend this book to all who have a keen mind and ...more
Zoe Saadia
Aug 14, 2011 Zoe Saadia rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed this read very much!

For me the United States' history began with the Revolutionary War for Independence. But "Pirates of Savannah" let me into the world of Colonial America, and such a diverse, colorful world it was.

This novel is well researched and full of arrestingly vivid characters, everyone fascinating in his/her own way, everyone so different from another, people of different races, religions, upbringing, united in a one common desire for freedom and equality.
A history lesson com
Susannah Morgan
Aug 24, 2011 Susannah Morgan rated it it was amazing
A very well written, historically accurate story of one man's struggle for and attainment of freedom in the eighteenth century. From the cesspool of a debtor's prison in London, England through war at sea to the burgeoning new economy of Savannah, Lupo details events of the times through the eyes of Patrick Willis, a former jeweler who was jailed for his father's debts. The author shows his ability to put the reader right in the center of the story. You can feel the humidity of Savannah and the ...more
Leigh Ann
Dec 09, 2011 Leigh Ann rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I visited Savannah for the first time this past spring and loved it. This book communicated the history of the area in a very enjoyable and readable manner. You liked the characters even though they were kind of nefarious. Loved the way actual events were tied into the story. I also appreciated the Afterword showing what was fictional and what was real. Great read!
Sep 13, 2011 Frances rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, favorites
In depth review to be posted on my blog I loved this book, AFTER the first chapter. Fortunately the author's father said it would be rough so I was ready. I recommend it to everyone who enjoys historical books and to pirate fans. Tarrin writes true to life - pirates do not sparkle here, unless they are wearing gold.
Karen Wasylowski
Sep 17, 2011 Karen Wasylowski rated it it was amazing
I greatly enjoyed Mr. Lupo's book not only for the exciting story but also for the wealth of little knows historical facts that comprised so much of the novel. Pirates of Savanna was gritty, exciting, romantic at times and a wonderful journey through pre-revolutionary Florida and the south, a time in history I find very interesting.
Aug 12, 2012 Jay rated it liked it
Interesting history lesson. His political views get a little tiresome.
C. Michael
Nov 04, 2011 C. Michael rated it it was amazing
Pirates of Savannah is a rollicking adventure that delivers all the swashbuckling excitement of an Errol Flynn movie, along with a fascinating history lesson -- and a subversive political message.

Set in Colonial times, the novel follows a young man named Patrick who starts out as a middle-class, law-abiding subject of the King of England and is gradually radicalized, transforming into a Redcoat-killing pirate and freedom-fighter.

Lupo clearly did an astounding amount of research and it pays off.
Sep 17, 2011 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Pirates of Savannah covers the lives of several men who were in a debtors prison in England. The author vividly describes live in the prison so much I had a difficult time reading with the images if conjured up. Luckily for those men (and me) they are given an opportunity to leave the debotors prison for a new life. As ecstatic as the men may be to leave it involves their leaving the country on another adventure to a place that has them imprisoned in a different way. The main character of the st ...more
Diana Murdock
Feb 03, 2012 Diana Murdock rated it it was amazing
Not only did I get a fun, entertaining story with a lot of action and likeable characters, I finished the story with a better understanding of history in the 1700s. The author has definitely done his research. He seamlessly blends the events of that time period and political unrest together with the various characters into an exciting and often enlightening novel. A little bit of everything is to be had within the pages - love, hate, hope, despair, good and evil. Most of all, I love the pirating ...more
Oct 19, 2011 Travis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a nice summary of the story is included here on goodreads. i listened to this book in audio format. i've never been interested in historical fiction, but i learned a lot about life in the south prior to the south"civil" war era. and of course, there are pirates. the last chapter reviews the tale to parse facts from embellishment and speculation. tarrin's business strategies in marketing this on amazon at one point caused the book to receive a #1 download ranking. pick it up, it's value far excee ...more
Apr 08, 2013 James rated it it was ok
This book was free on Amazon in Kindle format. I did not love it. It started out promising with a jewelers son thrown into debtors' prison (shades of Les Miz or Dickens). But then it devolved into the adventures of a floating whorehouse. It bills itself as historical fiction, but it is too farfetched for that. I gave it two stars because it didn't cost me anything but time.I suggest you don't even waste that.
David Talon
Jul 26, 2011 David Talon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An extremely well researched and entertaining book about a period in time (to my knowledge) very much overlooked. The level of detail is fascinating (I've walked through the prison at the fort in Vera Cruz, Mexico, and seeing the lack of anything civilized inside there made me realize Mr. Lupo's research is dead to speak), and his love of the freedoms we too often take for granted clearly shows through.
Sep 17, 2011 Mary rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
The book takes place before the revolutionary war. It starts out in England with a prisoner, Patrick Willis who becomes an indentured servant and travels to Savannah and Charles Towne (Charleston). The story had many twists and turns in it as Patrick and his friends fight for liberty. I enjoyed it because the characters felt real not one dimensional. I especially liked April Skye. It made me want to travel to Savannah to see the places mentioned in the book.
Oct 19, 2011 Joni rated it really liked it
A well written historical adventure story. The background of this book has been well researched, and the story woven together with facts that are not commonly known. The story moved along quickly and certainly pointed out that our forefathers and mothers had to be of strong character--physically and mentally--to survive.
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Tarrin P. Lupo is best known for being the author the historical fiction novel "Pirates of Savannah". The novel is currently the highest rated historical fiction and is #1 on Amazon. He is also known for his animal activism and his children's book "Catch that Collie". Mr. Lupo is also a full time liberty activist who runs a news service called The Low Country Liberty Report. He is nationally known ...more
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