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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Review: Pirate Hunter

Pirate HunterPirate Hunter by Tom Morrisey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Pirate Hunter by Tom Morrisey is a parallel tale of two young men and the love/hate relationship they have with their fathers.  This is a common theme found in Morrisey's work, one which I think he handles well in his stories. The tales do intersect in an interesting way which I am not going to reveal our of respect for the story teller.

Both tales are set in the Caribbean with the stories separated by about 400 years, give or take. The parallel tales are told in alternating sections. The first story involving a young African man sold into slavery in Africa.  Surviving the harrowing passage, he is taken by pirates and given the chance to join the crew.  The second story involves a young marine archaeologist given the dream job of working active wreck sites with a firm based out of Key West, but seems bent on self-destruction.

Morrisey's technical background as a diver and diving magazine editor serves him well for the modern story. He manages to present the pirates in a slightly different light than modern readers might expect.  Good story-telling tension is maintained throughout the parallel tales and you can easily find yourself rooting for both sets of heroes.  There is plenty of derring-do to go around.

I would recommend this story to anyone who has a love of the sea and an interest in things "piratey."  It's a good read with a good message.

Morrisey's work does not get the attention is deserves, given that the Christian market is heavily slanted to romance readers. This I find to be something of a mystery as many women are fans of a certain Captain Jack. I would rate him as every bit an equal to ABA writer Clive Cussler, who by the way is a personal favorite of mine. Do take the time to seek out Pirate Hunter.

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