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Product Details

  • 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 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,985,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Helen Hollick lives in northeast London with her husband, daughter and a variety of pets, which include several horses, cats and two dogs. She has two major interests: Roman / Saxon Britain and the Golden Age of Piracy--the early eighteenth century.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Strong Female Characters Aug. 9 2011
By vvb - Published on Amazon.com
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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Reading July 25 2011
By LAS Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The troubled, guilt-ridden spirit of Charles Mereno (Jesimiah's father) prowls the pages of Bring It Close striving to set right his many wrong doings during his earthly life. The spirit's story reveals how Jesimiah suffered because of his father's faulty judgment and how Evil personified in the person Black Beard came to be.

Jesimiah Acorne and Tiola Oldstagh maneuver to survive as they deal with Evil's ambassador Edward Teach (Black Beard), a pirate protected by the Devil and controlled by malevolent Dark Powers. How Jesimiah is connected to Black Beard is a dark thread woven into this intriguing tapestry of this tale.

The bright, shining thread in the design is Tiola, the eternal soul of a White Craft witch-woman in a beautiful, young woman's body. She uses her abilities as a midwife and healer for good. She has to tread cautiously since the people in the early eighteenth century did not deal kindly with witches. Neither would the Dark Malevolencies if they could locate her as the source of light and good that stands against them.

Jesimiah is a variegated thread in the tapestry, somewhat of a chameleon, who fits in with whichever segment of the population he needs to in order to stay alive and prosper. Now a "retired" pirate with amnesty, he still sails into life-threatening situations used by self-serving people who are not concerned about whether he lives or dies just so long as they get what they want.

Jesimiah, a complex character, lives by the pirate code for the most part, but an underlying morality tempers his judgment much of the time. At times he slips and finds himself isolated from his soul mate Tiola, who is his only true comfort. His inability to mentally reach her leaves him desolate as he gets into situations that bring him to the brink of death.

The supernatural elements in Bring It Close play major roles. Jesimiah's father's spirit, with the help of the old witch woman, crosses the eternal river to return to earth and set right his wrongdoings. His character fills in the back story that led up to the horrific childhood Jesimiah suffered that led to his pirate life. Many things alluded to in the first two books of this trilogy, Sea Witch and Pirate Code, are explained in Bring It Close. Some of the graphic descriptions make one shudder.

Helen Hollick weaves in a multitude of characters, like the durable Alicia, the determined Sam Grant, the tried and true Rue, and many others, as she creates a tale of people struggling to build lives in the New World along the eastern coast of America and the Caribbean. Evil stalks the area and flourishes on the greed and fears of the people. How Good copes, with Evil running rampant, makes captivating reading with adrenaline-pumping actions, dreadful situations, and a love as solid as a rock and as soft and gentle as a sigh. That love is the foundation for Jesimiah and Tiola's relationship.

The organization and POV changes in Bring It Close were a little distracting for me. At times I felt pulled too far away from the hero and heroine. However, having read the first two books of the trilogy, I loved traveling with Jesimiah and Tiola as they get ever closer to their happy-ever-after.

Ms. Hollick's incredible ability to weave in history, superstitions, moralistic judgments of the time, unique terms and sayings, levels of society, women's place in the hierarchy, supernatural elements, and fantasy makes the story rich. Her wonderful descriptions and her spectacular character development make the story throb with life.

Bring It Close is an amazing armchair adventure into the world of pirates and settlers along the eastern coast of America in the eighteenth century.

Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Pirate adventure July 26 2011
By Blodeuedd - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
My thoughts:

Oh Jesamiah you really should learn to keep it in your pants. Though I still do not hate him, despise him a bit yes, but not hate since Hollick is just too good making her point.

Lots happened on the last book. Jesamiah came back alive from his spying trip, he learnt new truths about his family, his brother was not his brother at all. And now he is happy but bored since he is not a pirate any more. Of course then things goes to hell when Alicia, his brother's wife and former whore shows up and Jesamiah, oh you know. Tiola leaves and he goes after her. This book also deals with pirates again and the darker sides as the attention moves to Virginia and North Carolina where Blackbeard can be found. Jesamiah is going to deal with him once and for all.

Here we finally meet real pirates. Bloodthirsty men who rape, kill and torture without a second thought. They are real pirates and they should be feared. I am not saying Jesamiah is a choir boy, no he has done bad things but there is still good in him. Blackbeard on the other hand is a crazy psychopath and Hollick has made Jesamiah a part of his story.

This book is also a bit darker as many will suffer direct and indirect at the hands of pirates.

But there is still adventure to be had and we learn more about Tiola's craft, as she is a witch sent to guard against the dark. Poor Tethys is not around much, but instead we have the ghost of Jesamiah's father telling his story.

Conclusion:

The book will promise you adventure, evil pirates, tragic love stories and witchcraft. So be prepared for a wild pirate adventure.
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific historical pirate adventure with a touch of magic July 13 2016
By Debbie Young - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm gradually working m y way through the Sea Witch series, wanting to eke them out and make them last, as they are such fun, escapist reading, filled with action and adventure but populated by three-dimensional characters who become more and more interesting with each book as their back stories are gradually expanded. Jesemiah Acorne is of course the epitome of the lovable rogue, the swashbuckling pirate with a heart of gold, though that doesn't hold him back from battling with adversaries, including, in this book, the horrific villain Blackbeard, real name (because he was a real person) Edward Teach. I love the way Helen Hollick combines historical fact with intriguing fantasy, including mythical sea legends and Cornish tradition, the latter introduced via the delightful and spirited heroine Tiola Oldstagh, she of the magical powers.

I also really enjoyed learning (without feeling like I was having a history lesson) about life in Colonial America, seeing settlers build towns and establish laws as far as they can when madmen like Blackbeard still hobnob with those in authority, making life for the law-abiding horrifically perilous.

I say Jesemiah has a heart of gold, because he is merciful and compassionate to underdogs, but Helen Hollick keeps it real by making him also comply with the expected moral code of the pirate of his day, continuing to wield guns and knives to save himself and his beloved ship, and falling easily into bed with other women than the love of his life,

Anyone picking up a book about pirates should not be surprised at a bit of bloodshed, and there are moments of chilling violence in this book, but they are essential to the story and to historical accuracy rather than gratuitous. As someone who is very sensitive and suggestible to such things, I'm happy to keep reading and just grit my teeth at those passages, and have avoided any nightmares so far! It is important, though, to keep the story grounded and balanced with indications of the lawlessness and danger of the times. Captain Pugwash it ain't!

Looking forward to reading the next books now, particularly as book 5 has just been published, so I know I've got plenty of Jesemiah's adventures to keep me going while the author writes book 6 (I hope!)
5.0 out of 5 stars Bring It Close........and bring him closer July 17 2011
By fictionaddiction - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
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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