In 1796, Nicholas Fallon is captain of the schooner Sea Dog, a privateer that is fast, beautiful and deadly. Together with his best friend and first mate, Beauty McFarland, Fallon sails the Caribbean on a mission to take or destroy Britain’s enemies. When the Sea Dog’s owner, Ezra Somers, asks Fallon to seek out and destroy Wicked Jak Clayton, a pirate who has been preying on his ships, Fallon agrees.
Somers offers him a share in the salt business, but Fallon has another motive: Ezra’s daughter, Elinore, is Fallon’s lover. If he can stop Clayton, Fallon can ensure that Elinore’s inheritance is secure. But the seas are treacherous, and the Sea Dog faces many enemies. Fallon and his crew must take on pirates, French warships, Spanish treasure ships, and the incompetence of a British Navy captain to carry out their mission. Then a violent hurricane threatens to destroy them all, and Fallon learns the true meaning of courage, sacrifice, and friendship.
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—David Donachie, author of the John Pearce novels and the Privateersman Mysteries.
"William Westbrook hooks you from the first page with accurate detail, a fast-paced plot, intriguing characters, and a genuine understanding of sailors and the sea. No doubt about it, this is the stuff of a new Hornblower. Napoleon had best beware.”
—Robert N. Macomber, award-winning author of the Honor Series of naval thrillers
“Well done. An exciting tale.”
—James L. Nelson, author of the Norsemen Saga, the Revolution at Sea, and many other naval fiction and nonfiction books
"William Westbrook is not afraid of action, and he is not afraid of blood, history or politics. He is also prepared to tackle seamanship and geography, love and sex. The Bermuda Privateer has all of these delights in plenty, and leaves the reader calling out for more. Luckily, this is only the first book of a series about Bermuda-born Nico Fallon, who becomes embroiled with a ruthless pirate. . . . He also gets involved in a Spanish bullion flota, and a full-scale hurricane and mass shipwreck. There is, however, love, family . . . and a truly impressive expertise. A great maiden voyage!"
—Jan Needle, author of the William Bentley Sea Novels and many more naval stories and books of nautical nonfiction.
“An action-packed insight into one of the most fascinating, deadly and captivating predators of the seas—the privateer. Nicholas Fallon promises to be an original and charismatic newcomer to the genre—and one of the most engaging.”
—Paul Bryers, writer and director, who writes the Nathan Peake novels under the name Seth Hunter.
"The Bermuda Privateer is a rousing saga, that kept me turning the pages. Finding treachery on land and blazing cannons at sea and also facing nature’s worst, Nicholas Fallon stands the test. William Westbrook has struck gold with his first release.”
—Michael Aye, author Pyrate and the Fighting Anthony’s.
Like riding the high crests and deep troughs of a stormy sea, The Bermuda Privateer leaves readers gripping the edge of their seats with little time to catch their breath. From a secret alliance to treasure-laden ships bound for the enemy, Nicholas Fallon and his crew . . . battle a maniacal pirate and traitorous allies, while forging friendships in unlikely places.
—Cindy Vallar, Editor of Pirates and Privateers
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