privateers -- fiction

Devil's Own Luck

By David Donachie

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Harry Ludlow, forced out of the Royal Navy, becomes a privateer in partnership with his younger brother James. But for the Ludlows, murder and intrigue take more of their time than hunting fat trading vessels. Harry and James find themselves aboard the Navy's 74-gun Magnanime. In command is a captain with whom Harry has crossed swords in the past. When James is found standing over the body of a dead officer, Harry's feud shifts into the background.

First of the Privateersman mystery series.

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The Devil's Own Luck

By David Donachie

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In 1793, privateer Harry Ludlow finds himself aboard the navy's 74-gun Magnanime, with his younger brother James. In command is Oliver Carter, a captain with whom Harry has an unfortunate history. When James is found standing over the body of a dead officer, Harry's feud shifts into the background. But dark secrets start to surface on all sides. First of the Privateersman series.

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Privateers

By Ben Bova

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"America Has Ceded The Heavens To The Tyrants -- And The Renegades. The U.S. has abandoned its quest for the stars, and an old enemy has moved in to fill the void. The potential wealth of the universe is now in malevolent hands. Rebel billionaire Dan Randolph -- possessor of the largest privately owned company in space -- intends to weaken the stranglehold the new despotic masters of the solar system have on the lucrative ore industry. But when the mineral-rich asteroid he sets in orbit around the Earth is commandeered by the enemy, and his unarmed workers are slaughtered in cold blood, the course of Randolph's life is changed forever. Now cataclysm is aimed at the exposed heart of America -- a potential catastrophe that Randolph himself inadvertently set in motion. And the maverick entrepreneur must use his skills, cunning, and vast resources to strike out at his foes hard, fast and with ruthless precision -- and wear proudly the mantle that fate thrust upon him: space pirate!"
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The Privateer

By Josephine Tey

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"The slave-pirate who plundered an empire! Spain's rule over the Americas was unchallenged- until Henry Morgan, privateer, set sail from Jamaica with his lusty, loyal crew... This is the incredible, true story of the bormer bonsman who bought his freedom with powder and steel, sacking the richest ports of the West Indies for women, for gold, for glory- for England. Only the famous mystery writer Josephine Tey could unravel the secrets of the most fabulous adventurer in history- a man so powerful that the country he served was forced to bring him to trial for his deeds!"
A classic historical novel.
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Cup of Gold: A Life of Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer, with Occasional References to History

By John Steinbeck

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Steinbeck's first novel is a high seas adventure based on the life of that rum privateer, Captain Henry Morgan.

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