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Empire of Blue Water | [Stephan Talty]

Empire of Blue Water

He challenged the greatest empire on earth with a ragtag bunch of renegades and brought it to its knees. This is the real story of the pirates of the Caribbean. Henry Morgan, a 20-year-old Welshman, crossed the Atlantic in 1655, hell-bent on making his fortune. Over the next three decades, his exploits in the Caribbean became legendary. His daring attacks on the mighty Spanish empire on land and at sea determined the fates of kings and queens, and his victories helped shape the destiny of the New World.
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Publisher's Summary

He challenged the greatest empire on earth with a ragtag bunch of renegades and brought it to its knees. Empire of the Blue Water is the real story of the pirates of the Caribbean.

Henry Morgan, a 20-year-old Welshman, crossed the Atlantic in 1655, hell-bent on making his fortune. Over the next three decades, his exploits in the Caribbean in the service of the British became legendary. His daring attacks on the mighty Spanish empire on land and at sea determined the fates of kings and queens, and his victories helped shape the destiny of the New World.

Morgan gathered disaffected European sailors and soldiers, hard-bitten adventurers, runaway slaves, and vicious cutthroats, and turned them into the most feared army in the Western Hemisphere. Awash with bloody battles, political intrigues, and a cast of characters more compelling, bizarre, and memorable than any found in a Hollywood swashbuckler, Empire of Blue Waters brilliantly recreates the passions and the violence of the age of exploration and empire.

©2007 Stephan Talty; (P)2007 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"Before he became rum, Cap'n Morgan humbled the Spanish Empire.... Talty's well-researched account weaves together myriad political and financial interests in the New World." (Booklist)
"Talty strips away the legend to recreate a pivotal era in this accessible portrait of the pirates of the Caribbean." (Publishers Weekly)

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    The true story of Captain Morgan (the man, not the rum) and piracy in the Caribbean. Morgan was one of the truly successful buccaneers, who not only captured lots of loot but also lived to retire, enjoy his riches...and turn on the bretheren. It is also the story of Port Royal, Jamaica, which was one of Britain's earliest footholds in the Caribbean and an interesting tale in its own right.

    If you enjoy this book, you may find "The Pirate Hunter" by Richard Zacks (the story of Capt. Kidd) an interesting complement.

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    Phillip GRANT, AL, United States 06-29-09
    Phillip GRANT, AL, United States 06-29-09 Member Since 2012
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    This was a very well written and very well narrated book, I enjoyed it tremendously.

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    "Thrilling Account of The Quintessential Pirate"
    What made the experience of listening to Empire of Blue Water the most enjoyable?

    The story starts out in the present day and proceeds to transport the reader first through space and then through time to Port Royal in Kingston, Jamaica. The reader's voice is appropriate to the story and the subject matter is fascinating.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Mr. Talty includes hundreds of details that illuminate the life of a real pirate of the Caribbean.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The opening scene describes the sunken city of Port Royal, conjuring up the idea of the Lost City of Atlantis. It is a romantic and intriguing image.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This book is so full of detail and history that it deserves to be read slowly and savored.


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    Clara Beaufort, NC, United States 11-05-12
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    The book seemed to wander off. Got lost often.


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    Just didn't sound good


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Always like to learn more about the area


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    Very informative, but a little slow at times. Perhaps my expectations were to high. Thanks

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