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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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    Jack Ithaca, NY, United States 11-11-08
    Jack Ithaca, NY, United States 11-11-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Morbid Terrorists?"

    Captain Morgan and his motley crew were certainly outcasts of that society but also the unofficial attack arm of the early imperialistic aims of the English government. Without his actions, the Spanish would have made a stronger foothold in North America and the history of the USA would have been very different. The book and narrator is excellent. The description of the earthquake is vivid and interesting.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    James P Carter PENSACOLA, FLORIDA, US 01-02-10
    James P Carter PENSACOLA, FLORIDA, US 01-02-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Informative and Exciting"

    I was woefully ignorant of the times and life of Henry Morgan. This book is a pleasant cure. The author delves into the political aspects of the privateers(or pirates) of Port Royal, somewhat of a surprise how important these characters were beyond the Carribean. Morgan was clearly a colorful and charismatic leader. The author presents the material in an exciting and informative manner. If you enjoy history, this book brings it alive. The reader is above average.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Derek Sunnyvale, CA, USA 01-29-09
    Derek Sunnyvale, CA, USA 01-29-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent listen"

    Great book. I learned not only a lot about Henry Morgan, but also about privateer and pirate origins. If you like European history, this is also a great book and it connects new work and old world issues of the time impressively.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Bloomington, MN, United States 12-15-07
    Heather Bloomington, MN, United States 12-15-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Riveting"

    Horrifying and shocking...the real story of the Pirates of the Caribbean. You'll never romanticize these morbid terrorists again.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Neil San Francisco, CA, United States 10-09-12
    Neil San Francisco, CA, United States 10-09-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Fitting Title as it was Morgans Empire"

    I only knew a little of the Admiral Captain Morgan, but Morgan was the right man to manage the unruly pirates, or privateers as they thought of themselves. They even had positive names for there ships, Endeavor, and Satisfaction. The pirates had all the advantages, surprise, sanctioned by England, and they got all the loot. While the Spanish were inexperienced and underpaid.
    If you like history, and to get a true version of pirates (not Hollywoods) then this is a great book for you. I read it quickly, and I will seek out the narrator in the future.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    2Ponds Somerset, CA United States 09-27-12
    2Ponds Somerset, CA United States 09-27-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Textbook"

    This would be a good book to study from. Lots of interesting historical data but I had difficulty assimilating the larger picture of the story. Didn't hold my interest after 2 hours, so I quite listening. That said, the author went to a lot of trouble to make sure the background was interesting, including the political climate. Since I get these books for entertainment and easy listening, I'm not interested in listening to a book I should be taking notes on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James United States 08-31-12
    James United States 08-31-12
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    "Good but a little tame"

    Well done. Rather documentary in style. For as much piratical villainy as is covered in this narrative, the prose is fairly sterile and the reading lacks the swarthy luster one might associate with a tale of such swashbuckling.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua United States 09-20-11
    Joshua United States 09-20-11 Member Since 2002

    long commute=audible reading time

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    "Great for a trip to Caribbean"

    I got this story for a trip to the Caribbean. It was great to listen to sitting on the beach. Also, I hadn't ever read a history of the region or the pirates. It was enjoyable. Good mix of adventure, politics and history.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Ambler, PA 01-28-11
    Amazon Customer Ambler, PA 01-28-11 Member Since 2010

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    "Adventure wrapped with History"

    If your looking to get lost in adventure, this will get you there. Great read or listen. I would reccomend it for any vacation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Ithaca, MI, USA 01-03-10
    Jason Ithaca, MI, USA 01-03-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent!"

    Really enjoyed this book. Great look at Henry Morgan, and the society of Port Royal, and how privateers operated and organized.

    I particularly enjoyed the narration of John H. Mayer. Best narrator I've heard.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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