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Analyzing a Book Review.

It’s interesting to receive that first review that leaves you scratching your head. At first you wonder were they even reading the book you wrote. Then you sit back and analyze it a few times.

Let’s take a look at it before I continue.

The book is well-written, the characters are complex and interesting. However, this book, in my opinion, is definitely for mature audiences. There are slang words for male body parts, unsettling adult situations, and material I skipped over in order to not read to my teen-aged granddaughter. I knew it was a pirate’s tale, but until about chapter five there was nothing objectionable. I read to my husband whose vision is not good enough to read to himself. Our granddaughter was visiting with us while I was reading. I had to skip a lot. Thus, I felt embarrassed at some of the material. I put the book aside and did not finish it.

I run a book review site. One of my policies is to review the book, not your expectations. That being said, I guess I can see where this reader might be surprised at what might occur at sea back during 1705. I researched. I did not waver from the truth of things, even though one particular subject might have been seen as over the top.

Some who have read the review and read the book are quite surprised at the objections raised.

Another part that some don’t understand is how to do the Star Ratings. If I had gone with that first sentence, I would expect one thing but I end up seeing another. That’s fine and all, but curious for someone who does do Book Reviews as an almost professional type thing.

Is it for mature audiences? I’m not certain where the mature comes in regarding her perspective. I think her real concerns was this was not a fanciful pirate adventure. This wasn’t a pirate romance. This was a tale about a man and his crew with a mission to carry out and what they went through along the way.

No, this book is an honest account of what men went through back in the day. There is even one scene broaching a subject rarely, if ever, discussed in a pirate tale. Pirates didn’t fit in with the normal populace. There were reasons for this back in 1705. I didn’t back off from that little scene. It fit, and it is what came out as I typed.

If you want a book that is well-written, the characters are complex and interesting, then pick up Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling. You can get it at all your Amazons.

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Hoist the colors, on Lisa Burton Radio

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Arrrrgh, maties, hoist the mainsail and get ready for some serious pirating. This is Lisa Burton Radio, and we’re about to sail the seven seas for adventure. I’m your host, Lisa the robot girl.

Today’s show is sponsored by The Razor’s Adventures Pirate Tales, by P. S. Bartlett and specifically, AMBER WAKE – Gabriel Falling by P.S. Bartlett and Ronovan Hester.

Our guest is Gabriel Wallace, but he’s also known as Rasmussen “Big Red” Bergman. Isn’t that cool?

“Welcome to the show, Big Red, or would you prefer something else?”

“Hello lass. Please call me Rasmus or Razz. I’m pleased to join you, although I’ve no idea what a radio is.”

“Razz it is then. My bio says you were a Captain in the Royal Navy. That’s kind of a big deal. How the heck does someone with all that going for them become a pirate?”

“Well, that’s easier…

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P.S. Bartlett and Ronovan Hester’s historical adventure novel, Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling, The Razor’s Adventures Pirate Tales, is an exciting and fast-paced story set in the early eighteenth century. As I read of Captain Wallace’s trial and expulsion from the Royal Navy and his decision to turn to piracy, I was reminded of Sabatini’s classic pirate adventure tale, Captain Blood. The action scenes in this novel are vivid and filled with sounds and images, and the plot is compelling and complex. The authors’ characters are marvelously portrayed, especially that of Miles Jacobs, whose loyalty and concern for his friend prompts him to put everything at risk. Amber Wake is well-written and the plot is a delight. Anyone who’s ever enjoyed a good pirate movie (and who hasn’t?) or found themselves wrapped up in a classic adventure novel will have a grand time reading this authentic…

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#ReadersFavorite 5 Star #BookReview: “It’s highly recommended.”

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5 stars imageAmber Wake: Gabriel Falling, The Razor’s Adventures Pirate Tales is an historical adventure novel written by P.S. Bartlett and Ronovan Hester. Captain Gabriel Wallace had no idea that his presence in a tavern filled with Royal Navy men and sailors relaxing with their companions would lead to his court martial and expulsion from the Royal Navy. When his lieutenant and good friend, Miles Jacobs, mentioned that there was a problem in the upper level of the tavern involving Admiral Hawthorne’s wife, Wallace had no choice but to intervene. The outraged Admiral was ready to shoot the miscreant who had been with his wife right then and there, and he was oblivious to any attempts made to reason with him. In the fray, the Admiral was stabbed and later died, and Wallace was charged with interfering with Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling Readers' Favorite cover.the Admiral’s attempts to defend himself. While Wallace escaped imprisonment or the noose, his enemies, particularly the corrupt Admiral Chambers were not through with their vendetta. However, Wallace did not sit idle during the month he spent awaiting trial. He had been busy following the trail of evidence against those who had long wished his family harm, and he had made a few plans of his own.

P.S. Bartlett and Ronovan Hester’s historical adventure novel, Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling, The Razor’s Adventures Pirate Tales, is an exciting and fast-paced story set in the early eighteenth century. As I read of Captain Wallace’s trial and expulsion from the Royal Navy and his decision to turn to piracy, I was reminded of Sabatini’s classic pirate adventure tale, Captain Blood. The action scenes in this novel are vivid and filled with sounds and images, and the plot is compelling and complex. The authors’ characters are marvelously portrayed, especially that of Miles Jacobs, whose loyalty and concern for his friend prompts him to put everything at risk. Amber Wake is well-written and the plot is a delight. Anyone who’s ever enjoyed a good pirate movie (and who hasn’t?) or found themselves wrapped up in a classic adventure novel will have a grand time reading this authentic and suspenseful tale. It’s highly recommended.


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NEW! Another 5 Star Book Review of Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling!

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“Because I normally gravitate towards nonfiction books, I was surprised how much I loved AMBER WAKE: Gabriel Falling. Historical fiction has never been on my reading radar but the Old English dialogue was a standout pleasure. Much of the story is set upon a large sailing ship on the not always calm seas as they travel across the Atlantic from England to North America, then heading southward down its eastern coastline. They do have a fair amount of adventure also (or should I say problems) whenever they step onto land.

Having enjoyed reading articles on a range of subjects, as well as a few short fiction pieces by Ronovan Hester on his blog RonovanWrites, I was probably a bit closed-minded to doubt I would enjoy reading this also. He has a great style to his writing and storytelling, and though I haven’t met him, I feel his personality shines through his words; caring, thoughtful, and imaginative, with a wonderfully straight forward sense of humour and high moral standards–much like the main character of this novel, Royal Navy Captain Gabriel Wallace, aka Pirate Captain Rasmus Bergman. The ocean setting, pirate plot, and the desire to read a longer piece by Hester meant I couldn’t resist diving into the book, making it a perfect segue into fiction reading for me.

Gabriel Falling is a prequel to a series of other books written by Bartlett, though it most definitely works on its own. Now I’m curious about the rest of the story, particularly as to if and how far Captain Wallace’s polished persona transforms as a result of the personal vendetta which this story revolves around. There are definite indications that the experience has either changed him or perhaps only revealed his true feelings and desires.

There are plenty of other colourful characters along with the protagonist, my favourite being…[click to see who her favourite was in the rest of her review on Amazon.]

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Untold Tales of Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling-The Request.

Untold Tales of Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling

The Request

by Ronovan Hester

“Court-martial?”

“It would seem so, Miles.” I held the parchment in my hand, somehow not surprised by its words.

“Gabriel, they can’t mean it. The hand of his own first lieutenant killed Admiral Hawthorne. That dagger you pulled from the Admiral’s chest belonged to the man and we all know it.” The big Scotsman paced before what was once my father’s desk.

I scanned the message again. “The court seems to hold a belief the Admiral would be alive today if I not for my restraining him from murdering young Lieutenant Carbonale.”

My best friend and first lieutenant stopped his pacing. “So you are to be tried for stopping a murder?” Hands flew in the air in exasperation. “That’s the Admiralty for you. How this nation remains in control of the seas with that lot of idiots in command is beyond me.”

The firm knocks at the study door kept Miles from further expounding upon his thoughts of England’s lack of leadership. “Yes, Mildred?”

The housekeeper entered with paper in hand. “Another?” I asked.

“Yes, sir, only just now delivered.” A delicate hand passed the message over. “The young man would not say from where he came, but he had an air of polish about him unlike the previous.”

I saw her hands ring with anxiety. “Mildred, all is well. There is no need to—”

“All is well? Gab—”

“Miles, there is nothing to become upset about. The Admiral’s murder took place in a sailors pub frequented by less than reputable sorts. It is only natural for there to be some sort of inquest made.” I turned to my housekeeper. “Mildred, will you make certain Adam stays away from the study for the next hour? I don’t want those highly tuned ears of his overhearing just enough to become worried himself.” I smiled and squeezed one small hand with a reassuring firmness.

A deep breath escaped the housekeeper that had worked for my father before me. A smile returned to her face and she nodded. “Yes, sir, I’ll make certain the boy is busy elsewhere.”

I sat behind the polished mahogany as the door clicked shut behind her. I broke the seal and opened the message.

“Is it another accusation?”

I looked up at Miles, his fists pressed onto the desk. “No, only a simple message. It would seem the Admiralty does not have a monopoly on my life.” I folded the letter and replaced it in its envelope.

“What do we do now?” Miles stood straight, prepared for battle.

“We are to do nothing. You are to return home or find a barmaid about who hasn’t heard of your reputation and may be able to calm that rising blood in you.”

The broad smile stretched across the sea-tanned face as if a reflex. “That sounds like a good idea. Why don’t you come along?”

“No. I have other things to do. At some point we need to gather the crew and explain to them what is occurring.” I rose and turned to the window behind me. “I have no fear of their doubting my honor in the matter. Enough were there that night and they know me as man and captain. They need to hear from our mouths what is afoot.”

“Agreed, I’ll spread the word to gather two days’ time aboard the Majesty’s Venture. And now, I’m off to find a cure for what ails me.” The big laugh infected me and my spirits rose. There was nothing like a happy Scotsman to chase away a dark cloud.

My fingers rubbed the envelope in my hand.

I returned to my seat and opened the letter again. With Miles now gone, I could read for better understanding.

Come to the site of the King’s fall at one past noon.

Your father’s friend.

The clock showed it was nearing noon now. The invitation was not a request as much a command, a command not to ignore. I exited the study with purpose. “Mildred! I will be out for a time. Make certain Adam completes his studies. I expect a report from his tutors left for me to examine later today.”

“Yes, Lord Wallace.”

Jerome would need to run strong to make the meeting. I smiled. The big roan loved given his head, or at least given a direction and allowed his own speed.

What would he of all people want to meet with me at a time like this?


 

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