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Gather the Shadowmen (the Lords of the Ocean): A Story Based Upon the True Exploits of Captain Luke Ryan, Irish Swashbuckler and American Patriot - Be [Paperback]

Mark M. McMillin

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Book Description

Aug. 1 2011
Here is a true story based on the amazing adventures of Captain Luke Ryan - Irish swashbuckler, American patriot, mariner extraordinaire and Benjamin Franklin's most dangerous privateer... It is an epic story about war, heroism, love, intrigue and betrayal spanning a period from the American Revolution, to the French Revolution, and through the rise of Napoleon. The year is 1778 and as the brutal war between the American Colonies and Great Britain drags on, a 25 year old Irishman named Luke Ryan is the master of the fastest ship on the water, the Black Prince, and runs a very profitable smuggling trade between Dunkirk and Dublin. He and his men are indifferent to the war until one day the British seize his ship and throw his men into Dublin's Black Dog. Ryan is ruined but concocts a bold plan to break his men out of jail and to retake his ship and when his plan succeeds, the Irishmen, now fugitives and with prices on their heads, set sail for France to offer their services to an American named Benjamin Franklin... The story is told in three books: Gather the Shadowmen (The Lords of the Ocean), Prince of the Atlantic and Napoleon's Gold (which can be read in or out of sequence).

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  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Hephaestus Publishing (Aug. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983817901
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983817901
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 458 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,274,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book Dec 15 2011
By Author Green - Published on Amazon.com
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In Gather the Shadowmen, I felt that the research to get story together was very well conducted, accurate, wonderfully detailed and clearly required a great deal of work. I had never heard the story. It was a story truly worth unearthing and getting into print. It was a great story to make known. In my opinion the writing was also great. The dialog was crisp, appeared period accurate, and told the story through the characters. I feel that the author had a wonderful knowledge and ability to "write nautical" as in the genre of Patrick O'Brien. I think the author's treatment of the nautical subjects was quite well done. I thought it was so well done, I have sent copies to my brother, who loves to sail; to my son, who was a history major, and quite a history buff. I am anxious to recieve word as soon as possible that the other two books in the series have been issued in print. A really great book
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating Story Jan. 2 2012
By JM - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a really entertaining read. Luke Ryan is a great historical story that the author appears to have done a thorough job researching. I would like to know how he discovered and uncovered this fascinating and important privateer who influenced early American history. This is a really well written book. I just ordered the other two books and can't wait to read them. This would make a awesome movie!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 1 of 3 - American Revolution at Sea Aug. 29 2012
By connywithay - Published on Amazon.com
Title: Gather the Shadowmen - The Lords of the Ocean
Author: Mark M. McMillin
Publisher: Hephaestus Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-983817901

In the late eighteenth century, the United States of America went to war against England to become a separate entity. War was fought on land and sea. In Mark M. McMillin's trilogy, "Gather the Shadowmen - The Lords of the Ocean," this first in the series novel takes place at the beginning of the American Revolution.

This two hundred and ninety-eight page paperback tome has a silhouette of a captain at the helm of a ship. The story is geared to teens and adults who are not only interested in the American Revolution at sea, but describes in detail the way of life for seamen, smugglers, prisoners, and privateers during the time period. Due to profanity and sexual innuendos and scenes, as written, it would be "R" rated at the movies. There are intentional misspellings, following the language of the era. Many punctuation commas throughout the book are omitted in conversations, causing some reading concerns. At the end, the book includes an informative, interesting chapter on fact verses fiction.

The epic novel is based on Captain Luke Ryan's true adventures as an Irish sailor, a smuggler on the high seas between England, France and Ireland and an American commissioned privateer. The story starts as a tale being told in a New England bar in the late seventeen hundreds, yet the person telling the story is not mentioned again until the tale is concluded at the ending of this book.
In this first of three books, Captain Luke Ryan is a Lieutenant on a British frigate in the North Atlantic who helps capture a French ship and is chosen to escort the seized boat back to England. Once he befriends the French captain, Ryan has ulterior motives and releases the boat to the French instead of returning it to England. He enters the smuggling business and refines a mostly Irish company of sailors who are called "The Shadowmen" that are loyal, dedicated and personable. After acquiring a very fast boat, the crew and boat are captured and imprisoned by Great Britain. Ryan and others sneak the men out of jail, steal back their beloved ship and flee to France to arrange asking Benjamin Franklin to commission them as privateers. Along the way, Ryan falls in love with a partner's daughter in his smuggling trade.

This book is a very interesting read as it sets up the history of the American Revolution based from an overseas standpoint, describing nautical terms along with varied ammunition used and charming Irish camaraderie in a wonderful, detailed fashion. Although the reader is left hanging at the end, the next book is well anticipated to find out what happens next to the Shadowmen of the "Black Prince."
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating April 16 2012
By Clay Smith - Published on Amazon.com
I loved this book for its perfect mix of character development, story, and rich history. I agree with other reviews that this would make a great movie series. Tom Clancy meets the Pirates of the Caribbean doesn't do it justice. Captain Luke represents the best in all of us yet remains a believable hero. If you haven't looked up the story behind the book, please do so. I wonder how many other great adventures are yet to be told. I can't wait to read the next two.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "A bottler" Feb. 23 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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>WOW! what a great read. Enjoyed it from page one. Felt as if I could lick the salt spray off my lips, during sailings. Very discriptive and well written. The Aussies have a saying that's sort of appropriate. When they brew a good batch of home brew they say "that's a bottler". Now that phrase has become used to express anything excellent and good. Mark McMillin has written a "bottler".
>I enjoyed it so much that I contacted Amazon Com and ordered a copy for a friends birthday.

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