Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Book Review: Pirate Hunters by Robert Kurson

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this Ebook, free of charge, from Random House, via NetGalley, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it


Returning to our pirate's theme from earlier today....

I have a historical book for you today
(I know History Corner is normally on Thursdays, April Fool's!)


Synopsis:

Finding and identifying a pirate ship is the hardest thing to do under the sea. But two men—John Chatterton and John Mattera—are willing to risk everything to find the Golden Fleece, the ship of the infamous pirate Joseph Bannister. At large during the Golden Age of Piracy in the seventeenth century, Bannister's exploits would have been more notorious than Blackbeard's, more daring than Kidd's, but his story, and his ship, have been lost to time. If Chatterton and Mattera succeed, they will make history—it will be just the second time ever that a pirate ship has been discovered and positively identified. Soon, however, they realize that cutting-edge technology and a willingness to lose everything aren't enough to track down Bannister's ship. They must travel the globe in search of historic documents and accounts of the great pirate's exploits, face down dangerous rivals, battle the tides of nations and governments and experts. But it's only when they learn to think and act like pirates—like Bannister—that they become able to go where no pirate hunters have gone before.


Review:

This is a really quick read (I read it in 2 sittings) and full of everything that makes a great thriller- history, suspense, good guys vs bad guys, buried treasure, guy bonding, and adventure. While you're reading, you know it's a real story, but there is SO much going on, that you would think it was pure fiction! The world of treasure hunting is just as dangerous, hazardous, and thanksless, as you would think, but the reality is unbelievable! Like the characters, I had never heard of Pirate John Bannister- but his is an interesting tale, and it was a great one to read, as they sought to find his island, his lost ship and treasure. The book ends as it should, but the reader will feel the need to hit the internet and see what else has happened and finally finished the story. The story is tale of dedication, the thrill of adventure and the hunt for treasure, and believing when hope seems gone! I highly recommend it! 

The book will be released in June, so be sure to put it on your wish list!

AND
You can enter to WIN a copy of the book over on GoodReads until April 13th!


About the Author:

Robert Kurson is an American author, best known for his bestselling book, "Shadow Divers," the true story of two Americans who discover a sunken World War II German U-boat and for "Crashing Through," the story of an entrepreneur who regains his eyesight after a lifetime of blindness.

Kurson began his career as an attorney, graduating from Harvard Law School and practicing real estate law. His professional writing career began at the Chicago Sun-Times, where he started as a sports agate clerk and soon gained a full-time features writing job. In 2000, Esquire published “My Favorite Teacher,” his first magazine story, which became a finalist for a National Magazine Award. He moved from the Sun-Times to Chicago magazine, then to Esquire, where he won a National Magazine Award and was a contributing editor for years. His stories have appeared in Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, and other publications. He lives in Chicago.


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