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The Rebel Pirate

(Renegades of the American Revolution)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  677 ratings  ·  105 reviews
1775, Boston Harbor. James Sparhawk, Master and Commander in the British Navy, knows trouble when he sees it. The ship he’s boarded is carrying ammunition and gold…into a country on the knife’s edge of war. Sparhawk’s duty is clear: confiscate the cargo, impound the vessel and seize the crew. But when one of the ship’s boys turns out to be a lovely girl, with a loaded pist ...more
Paperback, NAL Trade, 416 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by New American Library
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Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
Setting: Boston 1775
4 1/2 Stars
Steam Factor: Med-Hot

British sea captain James Sparhawk's mission is quite simple. He is to board a rebel ship and bring the vessel to his commanding office in Boston Harbor. Everything does go according to plan until a "boy" he wants to impress onto his ship turns out to a beautiful young lady holding a pistol on him and the tide is turned and not in his favor!.
Sarah Wood, is the daughter of a once notorious pirate who has turned merchant. Sarah cant lose her fa
Donna Thorland
Mar 15, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
"Authentic detail, amazing characters, and a dazzlingly broad sweep of action make this a richly romantic adventure that's hard to put down. Truly brilliant. Prepare to be blown away." -New York Times Bestselling Author Susanna Kearsley

"A fast paced, soundly researched historical intrigue, with vivid characters and sharp writing, The Rebel Pirate is a compelling read." -New York Times Bestselling Author Madeline Hunter

"We enjoyed The Rebel Pirate immensely. It is great read with all the joy of w
Dec 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Where I got the book: ARC provided by the publisher. This review first appeared on the Historical Novel Society website and in the May 2014 issue of the Historical Novels Review.

Donna Thorland’s latest novel, like her debut The Turncoat, tackles the complex loyalties and shifting allegiances of the American Revolution. This time the action unfolds in BostonHarbor, where British naval commander James Sparhawk has captured a ship carrying gold and flints toward the Rebel forces. The tables are tur
It has pirates, naval officers, gold, a revolution, ruthless traders, an illegitimate nephew of the King and ginger cake. What more could a girl want in a romance?

I got this one from the publisher through goodreads firsts, and I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm a total sucker for pirate/naval romances, but throw in some serious historical detail and a hero and heroine that aren't perfect by anyone's measure, and I'm completely lost. The only slight downer was that I felt more could have
Vicki Parsons
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing

The Rebel Pirate, the second book in Donna Thorland’s excellent Renegades of the Revolution series, opens in 1775, near Boston. James Sparhawk, Master and Commander in the British Navy, has just commandeered and boarded a ship that is carrying ammunition and gold. With a country on the brink of rebellion, Sparhawk’s duty is clear: confiscate the cargo, impound the vessel and seize the crew. However, Sparhawk soon finds himself a hostage on the ship thanks to a young Rebel privateer. The young pr
Ava Brightly ☕
Update: 16 Jun 2014

First, I thank Penguin Group and Goodreads for generously providing this copy for an honest review.

I suggest reading the blurb or back matter and come right back. I'll wait.... you know what this gem is about so I can get to the good stuff.

I was introduced to Donna Thorland's writing with her first publication, The Turncoat. I loved this story more than her first (which is saying a lot).

As with her previous book, I am in love with the lavish writing, rich, without being
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Rebel Pirate is the second book in the Renegades of the Revolution. This book can be read as a stand alone novel. Right away I liked Sarah. I found her to be a strong heroine. James may be a pirate but he does not have a true-hearted pirate soul. He is kind. I actually pictured Sarah and James as Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom's characters, Elizabeth Swann and Will Turner from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. They were meant for each other.

So at the back of the book are discussion qu
Amalia Carosella
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Okay, so, I blew through this whole book in one day because I could not bring myself to put it down, once I started. Sarah is FANTASTIC, strong and brave and determinedly loyal, and Sparhawk is everything you want him to be to match her -- but even more lovely, the rest of Sarah's "family" leap off the page, as well. I could not get enough of Red, her retired-pirate father. And OH MAN, the thing I DID NOT EXPECT and then BAM. I literally said out loud, to the cats, after a gasp "I cannot EVEN!" ...more
My Book Addiction and More MBA
THE REBEL PIRATE by Donna Thorland is another exciting Historical Fiction set in 1775 Boston Harbor, Massachusetts . #2 in the "Renegades of the Revolution", but can be read as a stand alone. See, "The Turncoat".
This is the story of British Navy Commander, James Sparhawk and Sarah Ward, a pirate's daughter.
Set against the backdrop of the American Revolution. Filled with Red Coats, Rebels, intrigue, pirates, smuggling, conflict, romance, and a wonderful romantic adventure. Fast paced and action f
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Sarah Ward is in a tough situation. After having the ship she was on invaded by British naval officers, she kidnaps one of them in order to save her younger brother from being taken. What she doesn't realize is the man she kidnapped, James Sparhawk, might be the one man that can help her and maybe even love her." Full review at Fresh Fiction:
Alex Myers
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
You can see my blurb on the inside pages of this novel... but to repeat my praise here (the book deserves it)... this is a fun read. It is equal parts thoroughly enjoyable and delectably historical. Of course, I'm a sucker for the era and setting. Thorland does a wonderful job with capturing the costume and custom of the times.
Max Von
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I liked this even more than the Turncoat. Really combines a great swashbuckler with historical fiction/romance.

Wouldn't have minded another book with Kate Grey, but the new protagonist is at least as fun and interesting. I guess these are all going to be stand alines with some common historical and invented supporting characters.

Andrea (Catsos Person) is a Compulsive eBook Hoarder
Please see Ava’s review:

I forgot to say in the review for the first book in this series, that they could be read as stand alone—but don’t! These books are very exciting, lots of twist and turns. A “nail-biter.”
Heather C
The Rebel Pirate can be read as a stand-alone book as 99% of the characters are new, it takes place in a different city, and during a slightly earlier time period than The Turncoat. The thing that ties these two books together is that their characters are real ‘renegades’ – spies, pirates, etc.- and they entangle themselves in fascinating experiences. And while you don’t have to read The Turncoat to enjoy The Rebel Pirate, you definitely should read it, it is an awesome book!

The Rebel Pirate gra
I really enjoyed the first book in this series but this second book was disappointing. I liked that these books are just right in the middle of historical romance and historical fiction. The author clearly has done her research on the time period and the plot has more substance than a typical HR. The Rebel Pirate started off interesting but just fizzled out after the first chapter. It begins interesting enough with the introduction to James Sparhawk, the lead male character who's working with th ...more

Sarah Ward, daughter of an infamous pirate, wants nothing to do with piracy or the rebels. James Sparhawk, established British naval captain, wants only to get revenge on his father. When their paths collide amid the beginnings of a revolution, they find themselves reassessing their priorities and which side of the oncoming war they will be on.

Unlike some romance novels, this one is actually fleshed out with a complex story, interesting characters, and des
Ashley Marsh
Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, owned
4.5. I really enjoyed this, but a few parts, including the ending, felt rushed. I was hoping for a bit more piracy, but I still liked the storyline and the characters. Sarah is a great, strong female lead, and I admire her greatly. I also enjoyed the political intrigue and getting to know more about the complicated inner workings of the American Revolution. I loved that the characters all had their morals, but would switch sides in order to fight for each other. I'm also a huge fan of the fact t ...more
Mar 26, 2014 rated it liked it
I fell hard for the first sentence: "The gold was Spanish, the chest was French, the ship was American, and the captain was dead."

After that, I enjoyed the characters and the twisty plot. I was less crazy about how talky the backstory reveals were, which got more and more noticeable every time they went back through the same subjects.

The author did a great job at bringing the setting to life, but it sometimes felt as if a few too many research details wormed their way into the background and de
Valerie L
Oct 04, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up-on
Disappointing - this looked to be fun, but I've not even finished the first chapter and the supposed "lady" is acting very unladylike with the captain she barely has met.
Cecilia London
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thorland's writing continues to be magnificent.
Set just before the outbreak of the revolutionary war, this was a fun fast read with pirates, revenge plots, political machinations and a fun cast of secondary characters. Secondary LGBTQ character, low development, but a nice sideline story.
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everything you'd ever want to know about being a pirate, a spy, a colonist, a Loyalist, a woman jilted, and a captured British officer in the 1770s, right before England and America have their epic spat. The history in this is captured well, and probably the most intriguing part of it. I feel like the war isn't just the backdrop, I feel as though the love story itself is the backdrop. I look forward to more from this series.
Romancing the Book
Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, romance
Reviewed by JoAnne
Book provided by the publisher for review
Originally posted at Romancing the Book

Since I haven’t read the first book in the series, The Turncoat, I thought I might be at a disadvantage to mesh with the story but I wasn’t. The story takes place during the Revolutionary War, mainly involving the sea skirmishes, and is centered in Massachusetts – areas and sites that I’ve been to – Boston including the harbor, Harvard (The College) and Faneuil Hall, Salem, Marblehead and others. T
Julia DeBarrioz
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh my, what a wonderful book filled with suspense, lush historical detail and a heroic love story. It has pirates, revolution, a buried chest full of gold, and a heroine who is more at home on a ship than in a drawing room serving tea, who must outmaneuver rebels, the royal navy, and suitors who are up to no good. What more could a reader ask for?

Thorland's writing is delicious, absolutely literary, and she fills her tale with perfectly executed drama. Deceit, intrigue, romance, and double deal
Aug 21, 2014 rated it liked it
I really debated on this rating. I initially wanted to give it two stars, but I decided to be nice.
I started out really liking this book. Sadly after about two hundred pages it became more work than fun to read. I can't figure out what happened. Historical fiction, around revolutionary war time period, female lead who isn't a wimp and of course, pirates (well pirates-light) and yet, no thanks.
Despite this review, I am curious to read the first book in this series. Maybe a different plot and dif
So I thought that I'd at least get maybe a quarter to half a book of proper action before the romance actually kicked off, but nope. Less than thirty pages in and there's already too many sickening descriptions about how handsome and gorgeous each one is and he's already had his hand up her skirt and she's weak at the knees and practically ready to jump him. Have some restraint and some self-respect, woman, please.

Not the book I thought it was going to be unfortunately, and I just couldn't conti
Lisa Becker
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this as an ARC.

This was a great story! I recommend this to anyone looking for something different with a little bit of everything in it just for fun.
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There isn't enough stars in the sky to give a rating for this I loved it so much recommend to all
Feb 12, 2014 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this story and couldn't put the book down.
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A native of Bergenfield, New Jersey, Donna graduated from Yale with a degree in Classics and Art History. For a number of years she managed architecture and interpretation at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA, and wrote and directed the Witch City’s most popular Halloween theater festival, Eerie Events. She later earned an MFA in film production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

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