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The Red Flag

Narrated by: Thomas Cardwell
Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
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Captain Stephen Boswell sails under the red flag, a symbol of no mercy. It’s the only reason he has lived this long. The only reason the navy has not found him yet. But they are closing in. And if they catch him, they will execute him for piracy.  

Ten-year-old Alice Bradford doesn’t know why she is alive. When Captain Boswell found her hiding on his ship, she expected him to kill her, and it seemed his own crew had expected likewise. But now she is his prisoner and she fears that she will be forever. Somehow, though, it seems that the captain might be more afraid of the navy than she is of him. Something from his past has him ill at ease, Alice realizes. 

Even if the navy cannot bring him to his knees, his own paranoia will. 

A gripping, fast-paced story about one of the last pirates of the Golden Age of Piracy and his fight for survival.

©2018 Julia Maiola (P)2019 Julia Maiola

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Fantastic!

Great book! Intriguing characters: a conflicting captain and remarkably strong lead female character. This book is not for those who squirm at violence. Nor is it for those who like to consider pirates as misunderstood villains. The author depicts pirates the way they truly were in history. Join Captain Boswell on his desperate, never-ending evasion of the British army, and you will not be disappointed.

The narrator, Thomas Cardwell does an excellent job as well. He really brings the characters to life and helps keep the reader engaged. This is a pretty short book, a little over 6 hours, but well worth the listen. By the way — Mr. Cardwell has an English accent 😏😏

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One of the best pirate books I've listened to.

An engrossing story that accurately portrays pirates and the British navy who hunted them. This was a very unique book, that left me conflicted as to how I felt toward Captain Boswell and his crew. The Red Flag somehow manages to humanize the pirates without turning them into heroes. It started off by grabbing my attention and kept me engaged until the end.

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Compelling and thrilling!

Very compelling and thrilling book! It's very easy to get lost in this book. The story is well narrated, with each character having their own voice. The characters come alive, and I found myself becoming drawn to certain characters.
Definitely a book I would recommend even if you aren't into Pirates.








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Learn to love and hate the Captain

This is the first book I’ve read/listened to by this author and I would listen to another.
Captain Boswell is an interesting character. True to old prejudices (and even current ones), he does all he can to forge his way as an honest, hard-working man, yet most everyone bases their opinion of him on his pirate father. Everyone has their breaking point. Now he’s on the run and captain of a pirate crew that offer no quarter.
Alice is a young girl who evaded execution when their ship is attacked. She hides aboard the pirate ship. Once she is found, Captain Boswell spares her life.
Much of the story revolves around the relationship between them.

This is the first book I’ve listened to by this narrator ( Thomas Cardwell ) and I would listen to another. I liked his portrayal of Alice and he did well with the other character voices. His narration helped bring out the horror of the pirates actions, the paranoia of the Captain and the courage of Alice.

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review.
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  • Becky Whidden
  • 02-13-19

Batman and a 10-year-old girl

Narrator Thomas Cardwell is convincing as a 10-year-Old girl while at the same time somehow also channels Batman for the perfect tortured pirate. This action-packed tale of the high seas is equally thrilling as it is morally perplexing- well worth the listen.