Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Pirate Hunter

Author: Tom Morrisey
Publisher: Bethany House
July 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0348-0
Genre: Inspirational/suspense

In the 18th century, Ted Bascombe, a teenager, is rescued from a slave ship by the notorious pirate Captain Henry Thatch, and finds himself caught up in an exciting world of crime, adventure and a daily fight for freedom

In modern time, Greg Rhode is a recent college graduate, and he’s just landed his dream job and is embarking on a treasure-hunting expedition in the Florida Keys. But he finds a female diver as beguiling as the lure of pirate gold.

Intertwining the past and present, these two young men must escape their past by losing themselves to adventures on the high seas.

PIRATE HUNTER is the first book I’ve read by Mr. Morrisey, though he has quite an impressive publishing history. Mr. Morrisey is a pro deep-sea diver, and his knowledge and interest in the subject is apparent through-out the pages of this book.

I found the jumps in time periods quite jarring – the story would be going along smoothly in one time period, then all of a sudden the chapter ends and it is in a different time period, a different setting, different people, and it would take me a while to regroup and get into the story again. For that reason I am not giving this book as high marks as I probably would otherwise. Both stories (historical and contemporary) are very well told, and flow smoothly, the characters realistic, the setting vividly described, but the jumps from one time period to another threw me every time. Other than that, if you like pirate stories, or treasure hunting stories, intermixed with romance, you might enjoy PIRATE HUNTER. $13.99. 350 pages.

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