Got to get the standard disclaimer out of the way first: “I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.”
If you’ve been keeping up, you’ve probably seen a review or two of mine come about with the name of Jeremy McLean attached before. That’s because he writes pirate books and then he asks me to read them, and I just so happen to like pirate books.
Bartholomew Roberts’ Faith is one of two novellas Mr. McLean sent me recently (the second will be appearing on here shortly as I’m over the halfway point on it as we speak). Now, his other books, Blackbeard’s Revenge and Blackbeard’s Freedom, follow the pirate who would become known as Blackbeard. These two novellas containing Bartholomew Roberts’ name, follow around the exploits of a man who will become the pirate known as Black Bart…don’t worry, I keep getting them confused as well.
Confusion aside, Faith (as I’m going to shorten the title from here on out), is a solidly told, well-built story about a man coming to terms with the idea of becoming a pirate. Roberts is a religious man, who decides to spend his life at sea. He quickly realizes that good and evil aren’t quite as black and white as he had initially believed…so, through a series of amazing events, he finds himself aboard a pirate ship, set off to free slaves.
This book is a ton of fun. It’s got some swashbuckling (although I’d always ask for more, even if it were a thousand page book of nothing but swashbuckling….okay, no, nevermind, don’t do that, please). It’s got drinking! It’s got pirates! And it’s got a morality tale which not only manages to surprise, but also happens to be quite sweet.
In fact, the morality tale of this story is really what it’s all about, and it’s quite spectacular. And since this book is so short, you can read it in one sitting…unless you’re like me and have three children who completely exhaust you before you even get to pick up the kindle, then it’s 2 or 3 sittings.
I’d highly suggest this title.