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Publisher's Summary

Spacers wanted!

Men of heart! Men of action!

Ship paid off and left you in-atmosphere? Are your fortunes still held hostage by the Navy's prize court?

Seek your new fortune amongst the worlds of the Barbary!

Captain Alexis Carew, late of Her Majesty’s Royal Navy.

Hero of Giron! Savior of Man’s Fall!

Now commanding the private ship Mongoose in action against vile pirates and nefarious slavers, the very serpents of the Barbary!

Captain Carew’s first command saw each man near four hundred pounds prize money!

Her last saw salvage of two million guineas!

Only the finest shall be accepted!

Apply berth 32, Ring 7, Quayside.

Even with no war on, there are always battles to fight.

A cease-fire in the war with Hanover leaves Lieutenant Alexis Carew on half-pay, in-atmosphere, and with her ship laid up in ordinary until called upon once more for the needs of the Service. She was, at least, lucky enough to be in her home star system when her last ship, HMS Nightingale, paid off, unlike much of her former crew.

She’s left to help manage her family lands, though still with no certainty she’ll be allowed to inherit them. It would be a tranquil, peaceful life, if not for the influx of asteroid miners seeking their fortunes, the uncertainties of her inheritance, and the nagging certainty that her current life is not what she really wants.

She’d give anything to command a ship again.

©2017 J. A. Sutherland (P)2017 J. A. Sutherland

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The next one better be soon!

The story was great as always, and the narrator is absolutely amazing.

There's more story left, without giving any spoilers. And I can't wait for it. While this series does require some suspension of disbelief on the science it's almost like reading pre-1950's sci-fi, where just maybe Venus is a jungle world of Amazon's, or Mars has nude princesses running about.

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Arrr there be Pirates!

I really like the 17th or 18th century feel of the book, which makes an interesting twist on the old pirate stories. The voice of the characters is reminiscent of that time as well. I enjoy stories with strong women defeating enemies, while being underestimated. Very detailed descriptions of the ships and sailing them, as well as excellent character development.

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Another great AC Book!

Sutherland has penned another fun space opera! There is plenty of action, levity, and general fun. I highly recommend it!

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Good addition to the series

Overall I enjoyed the book and think this is a great series. I did find some of the development to be slightly out of character for Alexis but the rest of the story makes up for it. Can't wait for the next book! Keep up the great work.

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Bravo

This series has matured to be as good as the Honor Harrington series. I wait with baited breath for the next installment!

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another stellar adventure

I've changed my mind from the book review to the audio version. I had time to digest on the cliff hanger ending, granted it's to the authors benefit, but as a reader it sucks Lol! that being said I love this book, it has all what we've come to expect from a Carew adventure. swashbuckling, daring do, death, just plain kick ads! lo l get you won't be disappointed.

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Great story, but it is a cliff hangers.

I hate cliff hangers, but I appreciate the author's explanation at the end. I will definitely buy book six, but would have rather waited to buy this book until book six is released.

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I really love these stories

Would you consider the audio edition of Privateer to be better than the print version?

I've never had the opportunity to read the print version. I do believe that Elizabeth Klett's performance adds to my enjoyment of these stories.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Alexis, her indomitable determination to do what she sees as right and honorable in spite of any provocation to do otherwise.

What about Elizabeth Klett’s performance did you like?

An interesting accent and a very reasonable attempt to enhance the reading to further the author's intent.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Alexis first admits to herself that she too loves or at least sees some good in the existence of the creature.

Any additional comments?

I eagerly await the second half of Privateer as well as any subsequent Alexis Carew stories. I especially love the author's notes noting the parallels he makes with our own maritime military history.

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excellent!

Another great book. This wonderful series continues with book 5. Alexis Carew is still my hero. In this book, she finds herself in command of a larger ship with more guns. Her and her lads are off on another exciting adventure. This is an excellent book that highlights Alexis Carew leadership and fighting skills.

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Great follow up story.

So this is "Steam Punk" Sci-fi? I like it. If I can revel in Song of Fire and Ice, I can certainly dig Alexis Carew.