Compiled by Merle Johnson.
nd of Tortuga free from the obnoxious strangers, down upon Hispaniola they came, flushed with their easy victory, and determined to root out every Frenchman, until not one single buccaneer remained. For a time they had an easy thing of it, for each French hunter roamed the woods by himself, with no better company than his half-wild dogs, so that when two or three Spaniards would meet such a one, he seldom if ever came out of the woods again, for even his resting place was lost.
But the very success of the Spaniards brought their ruin along with it, for the buccaneers began to combine together for self-protection, and out of that combination arose a strange union of lawless man with lawless man, so near, so close, that it can scarce be compared to any other than that of husband and wife. When two entered upon this comradeship, articles were drawn up and signed by both parties, a common stock was made of all their possessions, and out into the woods they went to seek their fortunes; thenceforth they were
Pyle's relaxed narrative presents history in a pleasant to read style.
Good stories, I can't speak to their historical accuracy but interesting nonetheless. Minor annoyance - minimal use of paragraph breaks contributes to a rambling and run-on narrative style.
I just downloaded this title and intend to read it, if only to determine the accuracy of Mr. Brooks' eloquent and useful analysis and commentary. Perhaps I will also find that "it sucks," but will attempt to expand a bit on the reason(s) for its suckitude.