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Blackbeard: The Birth of America

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  329 ratings  ·  64 reviews
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Blackbeard: The Birth of America is the true story of Edward Thache--former British Navy seaman and notorious privateer-turned-pirate, who lorded over the Atlantic seaboard and Caribbean during the Golden Age of Piracy. A Robin-Hood-like A
Published February 6th 2018 by Mount Sopris Publishing
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
5 stars and a bottle of rum to Blackbeard! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

One of the places I was fortunate to live while growing up was the coast of North Carolina. Blackbeard’s ship, The Queen Anne’s Revenge, was run aground in 1718 at Beaufort Inlet, NC. Blackbeard-everything abounded from standing exhibits at the local nautical museum and aquarium, trinkets and souvenirs, a restaurant in his name, and even a play. I was a young child then and already had an interest in history, so my obsession with the lege
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
An interesting point of view, setting up the pirates of the early 19th century, as patriots of the fledgling "Americas." There is no doubt of the corruption of the British Crown's appointed colony governors. However, I feel the author belabored his point of view, ad nauseum.

I skimmed the last one hundred pages or so and pretty much skipped the Afterword.
Frank Pularcheck
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Blackbeard: The Birth of America, is the latest novel by #1 Denver Post Bestselling, Award-Winning Author Samuel Marquis. Marquis, who has been described as "The new Follett, Silva and Clancy all rolled into one," is best known for his World War II and Colorado-based enviro/techno-thrillers. But he tries a new tack and takes to the sea for this latest page-turner, which in nautical terms is a chest full of booty.

Marquis did meticulous research for this 369-page tour de force, but it turns out t
JR Welch
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I could not stop reading this great piece of historical fiction. The book artfully unpacks emergent dimensions of a unique character in a fascinating historical context. Marquis' eight previous books all feature his terrific research, articulate story-telling, and super-tight writing. BLACKBEARD, Marquis' pilot pirate novel, adds a new attribute to Marquis' impressive profile: personal and familial ties to piracy. These connections shine through and make this a super-compelling romp through trul ...more
Cindy Vallar
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Once an officer in the Royal Navy, Edward Thache (pronounced “Teach”) has become disenchanted with the restrictions and interference the British government in London enacts on her colonies in the New World. Nor is he the only one who feels as he does. A growing portion of sailors, as well as some colonists, see themselves as Americans first and Englishmen second, and their dislike of these infringements and London’s unequal treatment of her colonies mirrors his own. Such thoughts seem foreign to ...more
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Revisiting the legend that is Edward Thache, better known as Blackbeard, [elsewhere known as “Edward Teach”, but not referred to as such in this novel], the book seeks to clarify the myths and “fake news” that the powers of the time propagated about him. The novel takes the viewpoint that Blackbeard was in fact the original American patriot, a worthy forerunner of Franklin, Revere and Washington.

Main Characters:
Blackbeard: Son of
Lora Milton
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The introduction to this got me excited because a lot of historical information was consulted by the author that shows Blackbeard very differently than pop culture has painted him and among the sources was David Cordingly, who wrote one of the best non-fiction books about pirates I've ever read.

Having established that the author did his research, this is presented as Historical Fiction so I was prepared to settle back and enjoy a good pirate story, but secure in the knowledge that it was based o
Lia   Covington
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it
As Cardi B would say- OKKKKKKKKKKKKKURT!
I love this book so much you don't even know, well I guess if you keep reading this book you will know sure enough how much I truly love this book. I was educated in the Bahamas, so while American students were trying to learn all the states in the United States, I had to greatest childhood of learning about the actual pirate that roamed the Caribbean. Yes be jealous, but more importantly, we learnt about the history, the lore, and the legacy of my favouri
Books Forward
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As the ninth great-grandson of illustrious privateer Captain William Kidd, Samuel Marquis has a unique interest and insight into the world of pirates. Marquis's investigation into the death--or murder--of Blackbeard turns the tables on traditional narratives regarding Blackbeard's demise. Told from the perspectives of both the pursued--Blackbeard--and the pursuer--Virginia Governor Alexander Spotswood and the British Royal Navy--this truly unique novel sheds new light on the infamous story of Bl ...more
Rebecca Hill
This book was amazing! Blackbeard has given a romanticized view of pirates for many generations. But now, get to know him on a deeper level. From the start of his career to the sad ending of a fascinating life, this book will capture your interest from the start and keep you entranced throughout!

The life of Edward Teach (otherwise written as Thatch, or in the book, Thache) does not disappoint. Grab the book today!
Tim Fitzgerald
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great tale of Blackbeard and pirating in early America.

Although this is a fictional historical novel, it was well researched and sheds a completely different light on the infamous pirate Blackbeard. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in this era!
Darrell Benjamin
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: u-s-history
A very good read based on facts, but written as a fictional account!

Now I desire to read the factual tidbits that were pieced together. Staying that the newspapers were not factual accounts but propaganda is interesting and does happen.
Wesley Britton
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it

Over the years, I’ve read a number of Samuel Marquis’s historical thrillers. I’ve become a fan who’s happy with pretty much every volume, many of which are set during World War II. Among the many surprises of his new Blackbeard is the time period the story is set in. I’ve never associated Marquis with the early decades of the 18th century or the seas of the Caribbean and the pirates that sailed on them circa 1716-1718.

Another major surprise is Marquis’s portrayal of Blackbeard, the privateer tu
Andy N
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A brilliantly novel that raised the bar on pirate fiction to new heights for all the right reasons. This novel will make its way to the Top 10 of many pirate-novel fans!

Edward Thatcher, also known as Blackbeard, British Navy privateer turned pirate, controlled the Atlantic and the Caribbean during the Golden Age of Piracy. Both a hero and a villain of his time, Blackbeard became one of the first American revolutionaries in the War of Independence against the British. But who was he before Blackb
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Samuel Marquis’s historically sound, but fictionally enhanced, account of the swashbuckling Edward Thache’s exploits on the high seas, primarily centered on the years 1715 to 1718, is all the more intriguing in the light of the author’s own familial connections to such a piratical heritage, with the award-winning suspense writer being the ninth great-grandson of Captain William Kidd, one of the most famous pirates in history, remembered for his plundering of the treasure troves of the Indian Oce ...more
Dawn Ezzo Roseman
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have been a follower of Sam Marquis’ thrillers for the last few years, delighted to learn that he ventured into writing novels. We both had the privilege of graduating from Denison University, a small liberal arts college in Ohio as fellow Geology majors. I didn’t fully appreciate the fact that we were learning from some of the world’s best contributors to the field at the time of course, but should have gotten a hint when the first book assigned in Paleo class was Strunk & White’s Elements of ...more
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
An interesting and refreshing take on one of America's most beloved 18th century characters. Drawing on historical evidence Mr. Marquis takes the idea of the swashbuckling, raiding, rebel, hard drinking and hard living idea of Blackbeard and turns him into an average (well, maybe not quite average) man with a family to protect, a good woman he loves, and a country that he wants to save from the true scoundrels of 18th Century America, those loyal to the British Empire, in particular one Virginia ...more
Ronovan Hester
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adventure Lovers, History Lovers, Pirate Lovers
You ever watch a historical movie and wonder about those conversations between historical figures? We’ve heard of the events but there really isn’t much about what people say to each other, but without those creative licenses the screenwriters take it would be a lot like being back in high school history class. Blackbeard: The Birth of America by Samuel Marquis is one of those historical adventures that teaches us by linking events with realistic dialogue and everyday events in between.

Ever sinc
Thomas Feiler
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Who doesn’t love a good pirate novel?

From Robinson Crusoe and Treasure Island to Mutiny on the Bounty, swashbuckling pirates are some of the most entertaining characters in literature. They can also be some of the most complex and elusive, mixing elements of high-minded, seafaring adventure with social misfortune and criminality. Sam Marquis tells the story of the best known and most feared pirate of them all: Blackbeard.

But rather than the Johnny Depp, cliché-ridden, depiction of pirates, Mar
Bethany Swafford
Feb 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
In 1715, Edward Thache sets sail on a course that will lead him to become one of the most maligned pirates of all time. Discover what a glimpse of the truth in this fictional retelling of the Golden Age of Piracy.

This detail heavy novel left me conflicted. On the one hand, it is an amazing tale of history’s greatest pirate. The author draws on historical evidence to bring Edward Thache, AKA Blackbeard, to life. Instead of a cruel villain of the ocean, here we are presented with a man who was fai
Darlene A. Ford
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everything I knew about pirates was from watching Captain Blood and other Erroll Flynn movies as well as The Pirates of the Caribbean series of movies. I'm so glad that this book was brought to my attention from Book Bud. I had no idea that there was much more to being a pirate then just hunting for plunder.

I liked this book for giving us a look at the person who was Blackbeard. Yes, he was a pirate with a political vision. He felt that in the future, Americans would forget they were ever ruled
Rev. M. M. Walters
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
I have high expectations of historical novels. I expect to be entertained (after all, what would be the point of reading a novel in the first place?) and I expect to learn something that I did not know (but the learning has to be seamless; it would not do to have alternate chapters of action and college lecture). Unfortunately, this novel does not do it for me. It was very uneven, going back and forth from straight history to you are there story. Mr. Marquis certainly did his research; he tells ...more
Ponder the Page
In Blackbeard: The Birth of America we meet Edward Thache, the real man behind the legend. It is tough being a pirate captain, even when you're as good at it as Blackbeard. It's not all plundering and rum fueled banyans. Corrupt politicians, oppressive government, and untrustworthy media, seem like modern problems, but they are far from new, and each play an important role in Blackbeard's life, and death.

Blackbeard: The Birth of America is masterfully researched, and it shows. It is loaded with
Doug Hohbein
I chose this book after reading Michener's Chesapeake. That book touched on pirates and their horrible actions in the bay. To say the Two books viewed piracy and pirates differently is quite an understatement. This book romanticizes Blackbeard to an absurd degree and justifies piracy and pirates with a ridiculous comparison to Robin Hood. The contradictions within individual chapters made me smh. Probably the most frustrating thing about the book was the repetition. I understood that Blackbeard ...more
Sharon Meier
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found the book and story very exciting until about the middle of the book when there was a lot of raiding descriptions. Although I understand the need to emphasize the number of capturing of ships, I felt that the detailed descriptions became redundant and boring as there were so many. I almost gave up the book, however, I persevered and was glad I did. Towards the end, I couldn't put the book down as it was so exciting.

I grew up in the Tidewater area of Virginia, about 45 minutes from Willia
Brigid Hughes
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As an avid reader and a lover of historical fiction, I eagerly awaited Samuel Marquis' book on Blackbeard. My family has spent many summers down the coast of North Carolina so both of my sons were interested in reading it, as well. The book is so well researched and written, that it will not disappoint even those without much interest in Blackbeard's history. I must say I was pleasantly surprised to learn so much about that era in history and also about Blackbeard. Schools don't always provide t ...more
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Marquis breathes new life into the legend of Blackbeard with a nuanced portrayal of the man versus the myth. Edward Thache was a pirate but also a son, a friend, a captain, a lover, and a scholar. This spirited portrayal of the man known as Blackbeard encompasses the best of seafaring storytelling with tales of sunken treasure and nautical battles while also contending with the English monarchy's point of view. I'm not sure I buy Marquis' assertion that Blackbeard was a Robin-Hood-like figure bu ...more
Julie Dill
I really appreciated the immense historical research done by the author - I would have just appreciated less repetition of the same data. If you are at all interested in this short, but colorful era of American Colonial history, you will do well reading about Edward "Blackbeard" Teach (there are several spelling variations) in Blackbeard: The Birth of America. Personally, I had never read/heard that the pirates were a very democratically organized body, and presumably patriots before that was a ...more
Rick  Farlee
Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book presents Blackbeard as a revolutionary, ahead of his time and I can see him as a naval hero 60 years later, during the American Revolution... Being from Beaufort, NC, I'm familiar with the legend of Blackbeard and most particularly with his ship Queen Ann's Revenge. This novel is a very intriguing perspective of the pirate life, but it's just too long, frequently straying away from the main chara
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is so wonderfully detailed and researched. If you've ever been interested in privateers, piracy, or Blackbeard, you need to read this book! The care with which the author has included detailed research and exposed an oft overlooked narrative about Blackbeard's death—ahem, murder—is nothing short of fascinating. The accuracy of the historical account will definitely appeal to those interested in narrative nonfiction as well as those who love historical fiction. ...more
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The ninth great-grandson of legendary privateer Captain William Kidd, Samuel Marquis is the bestselling, award-winning author of a World War Two Series, the Nick Lassiter-Skyler International Espionage Series, and historical pirate fiction. His novels have been #1 Denver Post bestsellers and received multiple national book awards (Kirkus Reviews and Foreword Reviews Book of the Year, American Book ...more

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