The Bermuda Privateer

Written by William Westbrook
Review by Jeff Westerhoff

In 1796, Captain Nicholas Fallon sails the Caribbean aboard the schooner Sea Dog as he protects the salt business against pirate raiders. The Somers Salt Company is owned by Ezra Somers, who lives in Bermuda. Captain Fallon also happens to be in love with Somers’ daughter, Elinore. Somers’ ships carry salt from the mines on the Turks islands to destinations in North America. The pirates are led by the ruthless Jak Clayton. Somers assigns Captain Fallon, assisted by Captain Bishop of the Royal Navy, to lay a trap and capture the pirate. Bishop disagrees with Fallon as to the plan, but proves a coward during the ensuing sea battle between the pirates and Fallon’s ships. Because of Bishop’s cowardice, Fallon becomes a prisoner of the pirates.

This is the first book in a new series. I enjoy exciting, edge-of-your-seat, sea stories, and this book did not disappoint. It’s a well-crafted sea adventure with an interesting cast of characters and a fast-paced plot. The story moves along from one thrilling escapade to another. The Caribbean culture of the 18th century is well researched. The author is also knowledgeable about the terminology used during the Age of Sail. I look forward to the author’s next book in the series.