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Nancy Kington and Minerva Sharp are two young women from very different backgrounds who, in time, become united in a common, pirating cause. Nancy, the daughter of a successful Bristol ship owner, had her life all planned out. She lived in comfort and hoped to marry her childhood sweetheart William. But disaster strikes and she is aghast to experience her circumstances turning upside down when her father dies. Soon she finds herself shipped out to land they own in the West Indies to marry for the good of the remaining family.
Minerva is part of the staff at her new plantation home and they immediately become friends--despite the delicate nature of their differing positions as merchant's daughter and slave. But Minerva has complications of her own--particularly from an abusive overseer. Nancy is eventually driven to murder him, and together they become fugitives. Joining a pirate ship comes naturally to both of them and a wild, wild life of seafaring and adventure begins.
With detailed research that leaps from every page, Rees's narrative is atmospheric but never heavy. She moves the story along at a jaunty pace, making it impossible for the reader to get bogged down. Rich and exciting, Pirates! is another triumph and unlikely to be bested by another pirate novel for some years to come. (Recommended for ages 12 and over.) --John McLay --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
I couldn't put it down! It's truly a great story. Especially for people who love pirates of the caribbean! Rees wrote this book so well! Perfect all the way through!Published on June 8 2004 by Gwen
If you liked the Pirates of the Carribbean movie, you'll probably like this book. Although it does lack Johnny Depp *sigh* it has a lot of the same elements, like the fact that the... Read morePublished on June 2 2004
Every so often my family drives for 16 hours back to our home state of Wisconsin from Pennsylvania. The day before we left, My mom, my sister and I, all went to the library to find... Read morePublished on May 3 2004
I picked up this book at the library because it said Pirates on it and I am a total pirate freak. While the Johnny Depp movie is muchmuchmuch better(let's face it, not much can... Read morePublished on April 19 2004 by Daydream Believer
Taking place in the 1700's, this is the story of Nancy Kington and Minierva Sharpe who are forced to run away from the Kington's Jamaican plantation, after killing a man in self... Read morePublished on April 18 2004
This is a novel for girls who like Pirates of the Caribbean; Nancy and Minerva are at least as exciting as heroes and pirates as the characters played by Johnny Depp and Orlando... Read morePublished on March 29 2004 by Julia Walter
Good writing combined with decent research on pirates and sailing in the 18th century. But the plot is straight out of Holywood, way too unrealistic. Read morePublished on March 23 2004
I loved this book, it gives girls courage and showed me how if you put your mind to it you can do it. I normally do not like historical fiction but this book was wonderful. Read morePublished on March 20 2004 by Amy
As an adult reader I found this book excellent and one that you will want to read more than once! Who says it's just for teenagers?! Read morePublished on March 18 2004 by Katrina-UK