Avast ye landlubbers! Instead of looking beyond the horizon for treasure, you’ll find a trove of them right here with the following ten pirate themed adventure books. So, batten down the hatches and feast your eyes on this booty of ebooks. They contain enough action and adventure to raise the pulse of any scallywag and, in true buccaneer fashion, are all completely free.
It is impossible to make any sort of pirate themed ebook list without mentioning Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. This timeless classic features everything from treasure maps where “X” marks the spot, pirates with parrots on their shoulders and just about anything else that matches the perception people have of pirates. The book tells the tale of Jim Hawkins and the adventures he embarks on while trying to find the buried treasure of the pirate, Captain Flint.
Readers who love action, adventure and, of course, pirates, will enjoy Blackbeard: Buccaneer by Ralph Delahaye Paine. It features plenty of pirate-themed adventures along with the obligatory buried treasure. While Blackbeard, the feared pirate, makes an appearance, the story focuses on the adventures of a young man named Jack. Lured to the life of piracy by a pirate named Captain Bonnett, Jack soon has second thoughts after encountering Blackbeard. While the language can feel a little dated - this book was published in 1922 after all - it still remains an engrossing tale.
Jeffery Farnol mixes plenty of pirate-themed action and adventure, along with a dose of romance, in his 1920 novel, Black Bartlemy’s Treasure. Farnol spins the story of Martin Conisby, a man who spent five years in chains as a slave on a galley ship. After making his escape, Martin only has one purpose, finding the man responsible for his misery and exacting revenge. The use of old English means that this book can be a bit tricky to read, but it is worth the effort for anyone interested in a gripping tale of pirates and treasures. Best of all, it received an equally riveting sequel called Martin Conisby’s Vengeance, which is also available to read for free.
Written in 1922 by Rafael Sabatini and published in 1922, Captain Blood is such an enduring classic of the pirate genre, that it was adapted for the big screen no less than three times. As recently as 2011 the book also served as the inspiration for an action-adventure game called Age of Pirates: Captain Blood. As for the book itself, it deals with the adventures of an Irish physician named Dr. Peter Blood who becomes a successful pirate in the Caribbean after being betrayed and sold into slavery.
For those who enjoy pirate-themed adventures with more of a twist, The Iron Pirate by Max Pemberton should not be missed. The book was a bestseller when it was released in 1893 and it still holds up even today. The story, which features a pirate ship that is not only gas-driven, but also iron-clad, bears a lot of similarities to the Jules Verne classic, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, but is a riveting tale in its own right.