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American Captain

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  35 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
"The novel starts in 1796 with Homer Whitman, American sailor, sailing with his ship to escape a failed romance. The ship was attacked by the Barbary pirates and Homor was given a debt to pay with took eighteen years, most in Africa. Here he found the gold needed to complete his task. Maine, Malta, Tripoli, the tents of the Bedouin, a tomb in Sudan, Capetown, the palaces a ...more
Paperback, 442 pages
Published June 28th 1972 by Avon Books (first published 1954)
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Nov 19, 2013 captain rated it really liked it
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Feb 20, 2016 Susan Kelly rated it liked it
Best thing: rich detailing of different places in a different time. You are there! I don't think authors put much effort into this anymore unless they're literary. But why can't the genre fiction do this as well?
Worst thing: Unsatisfying character arc. Sad to say it, but the tidy hero wins all ending doesn't do it for me anymore. Homer is an upstanding citizen from page one and stays that way. Although he loses much along the way, he's not a different person by the end. Older, scarred, richer, b
Feb 02, 2012 Karen rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
I did not like this book, probably because I'm not an egotistical male. It had it's moments, yeah, but they were overshadowed by the hero's involvement over the years with three women, all of whom were about the same age at the time they became his lover. The ending was a total disappointment. Just made me want roll my eyes and say, "Ick."
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Aug 23, 2015 Leland Gilsen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Count of Monte Crisco rewritten. This same story again modified in science fiction as "The Stars my Destination" by Alfred Bester.
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Aug 22, 2013 Durham Wilton rated it really liked it
a true romance from a man's view. proof that men are the real romantics.Never a dull moment.
Aug 24, 2011 Robs rated it liked it
Good read, far reaching adventure, cool story line for being written in 1954.
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