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The Blackbirder (Thomas Marlowe #2)

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In a blind rage, King James, ex-slave and now Marlowe's comrade in arms, slaughters the crew of a slave ship and makes himself the most wanted man in Virginia. The governor gives Marlowe a choice: Hunt James down and bring him back to hang or lose everything Marlowe has built for himself and his wife, Elizabeth.

Marlowe sets out in pursuit of the ex-slave turned pirate, str
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 19th 2002 by Harper Perennial (first published 2001)
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Jayne Tapscott
One of my favourite books, have read this at least three times, it's so full of adventure. In fact, I think it would make a marvellous film. The author has created a wonderful character in Marlowe and I also fell in love with Billy Bird. Elizabeth isn't your run of the mill 'oh woah is me, I'm a helpless woman', she has spunk is clever and loves her husband dearly. I could go on and on. If you want piracy, adventure and moments where you want to throw something at the mean characters then this i ...more
It seems that you can’t toss a brick these days without hitting some kind of pirate reference (especially in children’s books and tv), except in the world of fiction. James L. Nelson set out to change that with his “Brethren of the Coast” series.
I picked this up in a charity shop; it looked like a 'swashbuckler', which isn't my usual genre, but suffice to say that when I realised it was the 2nd in a series, I instantly bought books 1 & 3; am planning to read some of his other books as soon as I've whittled down my pile of unread books (and reduced the Kindle list)
King James, a freed former slave kills a "Blackbirder," the captain of a slave ship filled with the dead and dying. James goes on the run knowing he is going to be hanged if caught. Suspenseful and accurate historical fiction of the early 18th Century.
Colin Macaulay
An excellent story and by all estimation thoroughly researched. The chief weakness is the characterisation, which I found a little unconvincing. However this is a thoroughly enjoyable read, and the author certainly knows his period and his subject very well.
I read this book in 2 days. I could hardly put it down. I enjoyed the different stories being told at the same time. You have Marlowe with his not so legal privateer, King James on his adventure, and Elizabeth on hers. I liked it.
Ignacio Zeleny
Jul 17, 2011 Pa rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those interested in piracy, privateering, the slave trade, and sea battles.
A better than average tale of piracy and the slave trade in early 18th century America.
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James L. Nelson (1962-) is an American historical nautical novelist. He was born in Lewiston, Maine. In 1980, Nelson graduated from Lewiston High School. Nelson attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst for two years, and then transferred to UCLA, with the ambition of becoming a film director. Nelson, his wife, Lisa, and their daughter Betsy lived for two years in Steubenville, Ohio, while ...more
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