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Captain Mary, Buccaneer by Jacqueline Church…

Captain Mary, Buccaneer

by Jacqueline Church Simonds

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Went out of my way to get this book because: Pirates! Lady pirates! How can you go wrong?
Well... sadly, you can. Although supposedly a strong woman capable of keeping a rough crew of men under her thumb, 'Captain Mary' is pretty much rendered idiotic right from the start by her infatuation with a French doctor she captures. This love affair complicates not only her position of authority, but also the shipmates-with-benefits relationship she has with her first mate.
I'd like to give the book some bonus points for open relationships and interracial relationships treated in a matter-of-fact manner... but.
Overall, the book is just poorly written. The 'modern' narration feels awkward and overly straightforward, the sex scenes and the dialogue feel hackneyed ("they made slow, passionate love" "she felt as if his tongue had lightly strummed the strings of her soul" - really?), and the 'letters' in the book, written in "18th-century style" completely failed to convince.
Overall, the plot was too romance-oriented for me, and in addition, Captain Mary was, when you come right down to it, a really awful, nasty person who completely did not deserve her unrealistically-tacked-on happy ending.

No reflection on the content of the book but also: godawful cover art.

One extra star for Pirates! ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
I read this book working on a read alike list for the Bloody Jack novels by L. A. Meyer. Sadly, although Captain Mary is a swashbuckling, action packed tale of a female pirate it is NOT a match for Bloody Jack.

The positives are that the book is not sugarcoated at all. Those who want the realistic, not so pretty, side of piracy will enjoy the details of the battles, which are fierce and bloody. Simonds pirate battles are full of blood, gore, and limbs wrenched from bodies. A detailed description of a keel hauling will make you gag.

The negatives mostly relate to Mary, the title character. Her motives are very questionable and she is very self centered. She even mentions how she manipulates her lovers, and there are many, to get her way. Because Mary lies to herself and and you only get her side, you feel like you only get part of the story. She also shows no mercy and can, at times, be very cruel.

Central to the story are her afore mentioned lovers which she uses for own pleasure then leaves them to wait for her for months and years, expecting them to be faithful. In addition, there is her child which she abandons to "keep her safe," although her motive is not so much to keep the child safe but to keep herself from being tied down with responsibilities.

It was a quick read because it's so fast faced but did not leave me wanting for a sequel because I just didn't LIKE her.

Fans of the Blood Jack series, in particular will not like Mary because of her personality and I would not recommend this as a read alike at all. ( )
  la_librarian | Aug 19, 2008 |
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It is 1721 and aboard the brigantine Fury, Captain Mary and her pirate crew fight their way across the Caribbean creating a financial empire and founding the free nation of Cache Island. While embroiled in her enterprises, Captain Mary also juggles the demands of her three lovers: Dr. Alphonse Coulances, a French doctor and traitor; the first mate, a former slave and master pilot named Petronius; and Elaina Mayhew, at first a hostage to be ransomed, but later, so much more!

This adventure of greed and romance will carry you to a distant time when violence was the norm, and the difference between the good and the bad was the flag they flew from the masthead. Captain Mary is more than an ordinary pirate; she is both principled and ruthless, a robber baroness and a generous patron. She is as much loved by her allies as she is hated by her enemies who will stop at nothing to destroy her and her empire. But those seeking Marys head best watch out for their own, for in Captain Mary they will find a worthy adversary and deadly foe.

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A fictional story loosely based on the lives of real women pirates Anne Bonny and Mary.

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