Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer

A Romance of the Spanish Main

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Published: 1903
Language: English
Wordcount: 83,757 / 245 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 56.9
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 2,642
Added to site: 2009.07.05
mnybks.net#: 24614
Origin: gutenberg.org

Morgan was the most remarkable of all buccaneers. The author shows his ferocity and cruelty, and depicts him without lightening the dark shadows of his character. Yet at the same time he brings out the man's dauntless courage, his military ability, his absolute disregard of odds, his wonderful capacity as a sailor, his fertility and resourcefulness, which awaken our admiration in spite of ourselves. His is shown, a real pirate, just as he was--great and brave, small and mean, skillful and cruel, and the great lesson of the story is one of just retribution, in the awful punishment that is finally visited upon him, by those whom he so fearfully and terribly wronged.

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ilk and satin from the Orient, lace from Flanders, leather from Spain, with jewels from everywhere, marked him as a person entitled to some consideration, at least. Even more compulsory of attention, if not of respect, were his haughty, overbearing, satisfied manner, his look of command, the expression of authority in action he bore.

Quite in keeping with his gorgeous appearance was the richly furnished room in which he sat in autocratic isolation, plumed hat on head, quaffing, as became a former brother-of-the-coast and sometime buccaneer, amazing draughts of the fiery spirits of the island of which he happened to be, ad interim, the Royal Authority.

But it was his face which attested the acuteness of the sneering observation of the unworthy giver of the royal accolade. No gentleman ever bore face like that. Framed in long, thin, gray curls which fell upon his shoulders after the fashion of the time, it was as cruel, as evil, as sensuous, as ruthless, as powerful an old face as had eve

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Average Rating of 4.5 from 2 reviews: *****
2014.12.09
bhold
****.

This is a bold and brutal novel of nautical piracy, treachery, revenge, and punishment. The romantic interest is well written and complements the story. Pirate and pulp fans - give it a try.

2010.06.01
fbarbie
*****

Excellent story. Could not put it down. You learn to like Sir Henry Morgan, his style, his cleverness, then you learn to hate him for his deeds. The whole story, but especially the end would make a great movie that would leave a big impression on people that saw it. It is also a great story about fate and paying your dues which can be good or bad depending on the life you have led.

And on a pop culture note, Captain Morgan the rum is named after.


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