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  • Paperback: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Silverwood Books (June 22 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906236623
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906236625
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 621 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #862,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Helen Hollick lives in London with her husband and adult daughter. In between researching the background information for her historical novels, and her pirate series about Jesamiah Acorne, she spends most of her time helping with her daughter's horses, as chief groom and general run-around. She has a university diploma in early medieval history - and a passion for pirates.

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This story takes place shortly after the conclusion of Pirate Code and sees Captain Jesemiah Acorne off on another ocean adventure without his dearest love. Well, he's got his `ship luvver' but not his human (`white witch') one. I enjoyed Tiola more in this book than in Pirate Code, because she seemed more gainfully occupied and stronger in character. It is less about her and more about the people she is trying to help. Finding themselves on different ships, headed in the same direction, Tiola doesn't realize that Jesemiah has to confront Captain Edward Teach (aka Blackbeard) in order to save the ship on which she is travelling. Helen successfully takes this story out of the jurisdiction of the two previous voyages, back to Jesemiah's home in Virginia. There, haunted by the voice of his long dead father, Jesemiah has to come to terms with himself and his roots.

Blackbeard is a very enthralling character to weave into this tale or perhaps I should say Jesemiah has been woven into Blackbeard's (no, not his beard, his tale). Ms Hollick definitely has a way with conversational phraseology. Blackbeard's accent is heavy and cumbersome, but for me that added to the overall effect, because I was forced to slow down as I read his words, thus creating a spinechilling overtone to the manner in which he converses. Evil and deadly, I just couldn't wait for his next appearance. Shame he's dead! (whoops......spoiler)

Helen doesn't shy away from courageous descriptions of squalid prison life, gruesome floggings and blood-curdling swordfights and that is one of the things I enjoy most about her writing; its honesty and integrity. She is able to bring it all to life with a very shrewd, fluent and skilful style which makes for a true page turner. Pick this book up today. I promise you won't regret. And did you know that a 'bring it close' is another name for a telescope? I learn something everyday, I hope...
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Strong Female Characters Aug. 9 2011
By vvb - Published on
Format: Paperback
Arggg! Captain Acorne starts off quite the pirate rogue in his regards to his relationship with Tiola.

In addition, his life gets rocky as the past is revealed to us and catches up with him.

I love how there are strong female characters in this story and how they fend for themselves.

Again, loved the details of ships, sailing and the beauty of the sea.
Closer Dec 30 2010
By Rosey Thomas Palmer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Readers of Helen Hollick are familiar with Jesemiah Acorne, the deeply imbibing, womanising intrepid entrepreneur of the high seas. On this voyage he is accompanied by the wraith of his father who, in a no-man's land between life and death, is especially empowered to right some wrongs he left behind him in the world of humanity.

The plot allows the character of Tiola to grow in immensity and credibility. Hollick achieves the difficult task of bringing supernatural powers to rational acceptance and, I think, her carefully researched episodes about horse health and midwifery have a lot to do with this, coming as they do, before the vision of Tiola's intervention in a naval battle, they help to build our belief in her commanding presence.

I, feminist as I am, would like to see Tiola seriously at odds with Jesemiah's womanising ways, in a forthcoming novel, of course, not to detract from the very winsome love story presented in the series. I would be fascinated to see how she challenges the behaviour that wrecks many a relationship without losing her grip on Jesemaih and his Sea Witch.

Bring it Close is an excellent read. Much to be recommended, based soundly on US Southern History and featuring Blackbeard in a new and amusing way.
A Thrill A Page! Sept. 1 2009
By SueB - Published on
Format: Paperback
I hated to see it end! And what an ending!! Wow! What a surprise that was!(I will not be giving any of it away!) The entire book was fascinating and Jesamiah is just such a bad boy, smart,lucky, fun and sexy! I just love him and Tiola together! This 3rd installment to the series is just great and I don't know what more to say other than it keeps you on the edge of your seat, laughing, crying, horrified (Blackbeard was so awful), and so very interested! I can see each chapter playing out as if I were actually there thanks to the brilliant writing style! Thank you Helen so much for such wonderful reading enjoyment! I am planning on re-reading Bring it Close again very soon as I am sure I will find something that I may have missed in the first go round. If you read the other books in this series this is a MUST! If you haven't then get them all!! I am so looking forward to the next Sea Witch Series book from Helen! Bravo!!
Exciting and Surprising! Feb. 21 2011
By SueB - Published on
Format: Paperback
Helen Hollick has done it again with this third book in the Sea Witch line. A book that you can read and read again and again! I was so excited to receive this 3rd book and could not wait to read it! Historical points are perfect and the story keeps you in suspense with great surprises throughout! Jesamiah is a great character and I am waiting for another story to continue this great series and adventure from Helen! Huzzah Helen on another masterful piece of work!
Great story, well written Dec 2 2013
By M. Rieth - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I love Helen Hollick as an author. She brings the reader into the story with her vivid descriptions of events and her character development. I gave this book 4 stars rather than 5 because I didn't like all the new age philosophy she brought into the witchcraft of Tiola. My eyes were rolling every time the "good witch" vs the evil of Teach narrative was expounded. It was bad against really bad to me. Other than that it was a great story, well told by Hollick's talented hand.