Flint and Silver
By John Drake
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Categories: Historical Adventure | Historical Fiction
ISBN 13: 9780007268948
After pirates stormed his merchant's ship, massacring all around them, they found one opponent who wouldn't go down: John Silver. And so with six men dead at his hand, Silver is made an offer he can't refuse: join them or die. On the other side of the world, the legendary Captain Flint is the meanest, most dangerous bandit on the high seas. He fears no another man -- until he meets fellow freebooter 'Gentleman' John Silver. Together, they forge a formidable partnership as villains-in-arms. But there's more to piracy than rum, sodomy and the lash! there's gold, hundreds of thousands of pieces of it, enough for everyone, in fact -- until the arrival of Selina, a beautiful runaway slave, triggers a violent jealousy that turns these best of friends into sworn enemies. And as Flint schemes to secure the vast loot for himself, the legend of Treasure Island begins!
This was a lot of fun! I don't know Treasure Island well enough to vouch for the accuracy of the story, but the author's notes suggest he's put a lot of work into matching up the original story and actual history. I have the next in the series in my To Be Read library pile right now.
My Secret Garden: Women's Sexual Fantasies
By Nancy Friday
Publisher: Quartet Books
ISBN 13: 9780704332942
Purchased for novel research purposes, then reread avidly. A very interesting snapshot of how women (and a couple of men) thought and dreamed in the mid 1970s.
Somebody Killed His Editor
By Josh Lanyon
Publisher: Samhain Publishing Ltd
Categories: Adult & Contemporary Romance
ISBN 13: 9781605046075
Holmes & Moriarity, Book 1
Thanks to an elderly spinster sleuth and her ingenious cat, Christopher Holmes has enjoyed a celebrated career as a bestselling mystery writer. Until now. Sales are down and his new editor is allergic to geriatric gumshoes.
On the advice of his agent, he reinvents his fortyish, frumpy, recently dumped self into the sleek, sexy image of a literary lion, and heads for a Northern California writers conference to try and resurrect his career. A career nearly as dead as the body he stumbles over in the woods.
In a weirdly déjà vu replay of one of his own novels, he finds himself stranded in an isolated lodge full of frightened women—and not a lawman in sight. Except for J.X. Moriarity, former cop and bestselling novelist. The man with whom he shared a one-night stand—okay, maybe three—long ago. The man who wants to arrest him for murder.
A ruthless, stalking killer, or a hot, handsome ex-lover. Which poses the greater danger? It’s elementary, my dear Holmes!
First in a new series, and I'm looking forward to the next hitting print (it's already out as an ebook). Not sure the 'lodge full of frightened women' is how I'd describe the other writers in the story, but a light and ebjoyable modern cosy.
By Lee Rowan
Publisher: Cheyenne Publishing
Categories: Erotic Fiction | Adult & Contemporary Romance | Historical Romance
ISBN 13: 9780979777332
First in a series of gay romances in the Age of Sail. Lots of historical detail, and engaging characters, although I felt the story could have ended slightly earlier and without the final sex scene, I'll be buying the next at some point.
Charley's War: Underground and Over the Top v. 6
By Pat Mills, Joe Colquhoun
Publisher: Titan Books Ltd
Categories: Graphic Novels, Anime & Manga
ISBN 13: 9781845767976
Charley's unit, under the brutal and thoughtless command of the vile Snell, are detailed to join the 'clay-kickers' in a dangerous plan to mine under the German lines...and then comes Charley's first, terrifying charge 'over the top'! Rich in the detailed minutiae of the terror-punctuated existence of a Tommy, this sixth volume of "Charley's War" features a brand new introduction and director's commentary by Pat Mills, plus exclusive bonus content.
I don't know why I waited so long to read this volume. I now have the latest one queued up as well. As fabulous as ever, we seem more of the grim reality of war for both Charley, his comrades, and his younger brother. Things go from bad to worse as the story slowly moves towards the events of The Great Mutiny.