Premise (Taken from Goodreads):
Dead Reckoning is an historical adventure of piracy, love and revenge in the Caribbean in the Seventeenth Century.
Leo is born in Spanish Panama in 1659. When he is 12 years old he witnesses the violent rape and murder of his mother by three of the Caribbean’s most feared pirates: Tarr, Blake and Hornigold, and swears revenge at all costs.
Gabriella is trapped in an abusive marriage to a ruthless Dutch slave trader, who is in business with the same English cut-throats. She risks all to escape with her life.
Follow their exciting story as they face threat and challenge on the Caribbean Seas and pursue their quest of revenge; a quest that leads to a terrifying conclusion. But whose head is in the noose?
Note: I received a copy of this book in trade for a fair review.
I never read the first book, however, that was not a problem. This book pulled me in. We start with Leo who makes a vow of revenge after witnessing the death of his mother. Then we switch to Gabriella, trapped in an abusive marriage. I could really feel for her and was rotting for her through the whole book. Though she had never known anything but abuse, her spirit wasn't broken. In fact, she has a will of steel and a fierce independence that led her in and out of trouble.
There is plenty of action as you are taken for a ride on the high seas with a crew of mostly lovable pirates. The only real issue I had with the book is I felt the explanation of sailing got too detailed and took away from the story at some points. Still, not enough for me to put down the book.
Overall: If you like pirate adventures with a flame of romance, then you should read this book.
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