Irish-born Anne Bonny is only a teenager when she is left destitute by her mother's death. Abandoned by her father, she seems destined to be forgotten by the world. But Anne chooses to seek her fortune in the lush tropics of the colonial West Indies, where she passes herself off as a young man named Bonn. She finds work as a ship's hand, sailing under the command of Calico Jack Rackam, a notorious and charismatic pirate with a bounty on his head. Calico Jack has his heart set on raiding the Madrid Galleon, the richest ship in the Caribbean, which sails from Kingston laden with Cuban gold and Jamaican rum.
Time magazine senior editor Farley writes a wonderfully swashbuckling tale of life on the high seas as seen through the eyes of female pirate Anne Bonny. Fictionalizing the central players of one of Jamaica's most famous pirating trials, he picks up with Bonny as a teenager in her native Ireland and follows her quest for her father, which eventually leads her to the Bahamas. Bonny is drawn to the sailing life and particularly to pirate Calico Jack Rackham, signing aboard his ship disguised as a man. Wonderful descriptions of seafaring recall passages from the likes of Moby-Dick and Treasure Island and reveal to the reader the rough and sometimes deadly life that Bonny has chosen. A motley ship's crew forms a brotherhood of sorts as the members share their tales and secrets of their own-especially with regard to the mysterious and compelling swordfighter known as Read, who befriends Bonny. The climax is a trial with a most unusual outcome. An engrossing and exciting story; highly recommended for all libraries.-Leann Restaino, Jameson Health Syst., New Castle, PA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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June 27, 2005
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