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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship



Book Review by Lisa Norato

PIRATE HUNTERS
Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship
by Robert Kurson 
Random House © June 2015


Recently, I had the opportunity to read this remarkable true account of a pirate who, as incredible as his story was, I had never heard of before and the search to find his sunken ship, the Golden Fleece.  I wanted to share it here because I feel it is a must-read for both fans and writers of historical seafaring and/or pirate adventure.

In 1686, Joseph Bannister, a wealthy, successful and respected merchant sea captain turned pirate for no apparent reason and led the Royal Navy on a chase that is the stuff of novels, except it was all true. Three hundred years later, John Chatterton and John Mattera, both experienced divers and treasure hunters, set out to find the illusive wreck and unlock the mystery of the pirate Bannister. This book is the story of all three mens’ adventures. And what adventures they are!

If, like me, you’re lured by the mystique of the sea in your reading or have an interest in pirates, wooden sailing ships, treasure or history, you will thoroughly enjoy this book. Within its pages, learn about about what life was like for seafarers and why men turned to piracy. Experience the times and dangers of the age of piracy. Or if you’re simply looking for an exciting read−fascinating but true−you will enjoy this book. I could not stop turning pages, hungry for any details about John Bannister and would still be thinking about the story after I put the book down, anxious to get back to it. This book is the closest one can come to diving beneath the sea in a search for treasure without getting out of your chair.

This is a truly awesome read that satisfied my desire for suspense, adventure, romance and mystery, and at its conclusion it impressed me as an inspiring story about never, never giving up.

 
Lisa Norato is the author of the seafaring inspirational suspense novels Prize of My Heart and The Promise Keeper.

12 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great read - thanks for sharing!

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    1. It was exciting and entertaining, Pegg. A real page turner.

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  2. That was very interesting Lisa. I never heard of him either.
    Blessings, Tina

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    1. And blessings to you, Tina. Thanks for visiting.

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  3. Great review, Lisa! Can't wait to read more of your seafaring fiction!

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  4. Wow! Thanks for alerting us to this book, Lisa. A terrific research resource that's also a page-turner--doesn't get much better than that. lol! Must check it out....

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    1. You'll enjoy it, Joan, I know you will. It's a great way to learn a lot about the pirating era while having a good time reading!

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  5. Lisa, the moment I saw the word Pirate, you had me!! Love a good Pirate tale. Thanks for sharing your intriguing review. Now to add this to my already overflowing TBR stack! :)

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    1. Teresa, I know you have a lengthy reading list, LOL, but you won't regret adding this book to the stack.

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  6. Lisa, thanks for sharing this good review of what sounds like a great book for me to add to my reading list! My first inspirational pirate novel "In a Pirate's Debt" is currently being evaluated by a publishing house. Join me in prayer for that CALL!

    Hugs,
    Elva Cobb Martin, Pres. ACFW-SC Chapter, Anderson, SC www.elvacmartin.com

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    1. An inspirational pirate story sounds like my kind of read! Here's hoping you get that call soon, Elva! and when you do, be sure to let me know. Blessings!!

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