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Barbados, 1648. The lush and deadly Caribbean paradise, domain of rebels and freeholders, of brigands, bawds and buccaneers. CARIBBEE is the untold story of the first American revolution, as English colonists pen a Declaration of Defiance ("liberty" or "death") against Parliament and fight a full-scale war for freedom against an English fleet -- with cannon, militia, many lives lost -- over a century before 1776.
The powerful story line, based on actual events, also puts the reader in the midst of the first major English slave auction in the Americas, and the first slave revolt. We see how plantation slavery was introduced into the English colonies, setting a cruel model for North America a few decades later, and we experience what it was like to be a West African ripped from a rich culture and forced to slave in the fields of the New World. We also see the unleashed greed of the early Puritans, who burned unruly slaves alive, a far different truth from that presented in sanitized history books. Finally, we witness how slavery contributed to the failure of the first American revolution, as well as to the destruction of England's hope for a vast New World empire.
We also are present at the birth of the buccaneers, one-time cattle hunters who banded together to revenge a bloody Spanish attack on their home, and soon became the most feared marauders in the New World. The story is mythic in scope, with the main participants being classic American archetypes -- a retelling of the great American quest for freedom and honor. The major characters are based on real individuals, men and women who came West to the New World to seek fortune and personal dignity.
“This action-crammed, historically factual novel . . . is a rousing read about the bad old marauding days, ably reserarched by Hoover”
“Meticulous . . . compelling.”
“It should establish Thomas Hoover in the front rank of writers of historical fiction."
—MALCOLM BOSSE author of THE WARLORD
Tags: Slavery, slaves, Caribbean, sugar, buccaneers, pirates, Barbados, Jamaica, Spanish Gold, Spanish Empire, Port Royal, Barbados
Only the repeated typos, if you can't ignore them, get in the way of generally well drawn characters, interesting plots and a decent read. (But they are annoying and whoever proof read the text either used spellcheck poorly and/or did not know the author's language.)
I found this book both entertaining and educational, it Is nice to have a book that is a nice read and you are able to learn something. The author also took the time at the end to separate fact from friction. Try it.
"Caribbee" is an interesting and entertaining bit of historical fiction. I enjoyed the afterward which explained the historical relationships to the story and its characters.
The detractors were the avoidable typos. There is no excuse for those.