The Queen’s Privateer #1
Based on true historical events, this is an epic story and a swashbuckling adventure of a young girl who grew up to be an influential 16th century seafarer. This tale is filled with gripping scene of murder, sea battles, sex, piracy, treasure galore and a lot of pirate lingo.
This story is certainly an attention grabber. It starts with Mary, the heroine, discussing her father’s murder then the narration moves along for more than half the book recounting her life on the high sea till she was captured. I would say, this story fits different genres: it is a bit romantic, has strong adventure with pirates and smugglers, is quite educative in some ways with maritime language but most of all it will appeal to those who has a sense of adventure and are passionate for a plot full of thrilling action and love to be plunged into intense drama.
Recreating life in the “wild west” days of the West Indies is very well done and most captivating. Mary managed to command ships and with her loyal crew has prowled the Caribbean and prospered in the New World. ….the joy of open sea….This is definitely a delicious spin to the old boys club of male captains….Mr. Mc Millan pulls no punches, the story flows with period of tensions intercepted with peaceful interludes where I was able to regain my breath. This book is very well- done. For those seeking the history behind this fiction Mr. McMillin has included relevant odds and ends of historical facts in the last pages.
The cast of lively characters includes a cameo appearance by an historic figure, Queen Elizabeth 1. The protagonist Captain Mary is human and credible as well as original. The men are authentic and passionate, their life was cheap but their courage was golden…..
Transport yourself back to the 16th century and you will find this novel to be a very entertaining and captivating read.