The Pirate Hunter



The Pirate Hunter A Literary Treasure, The Pirate Hunter Is A Masterpiece Of Historical Detective Work, And A Rare, Authentic Pirate Story For Grown Ups Captain Kidd Has Gone Down In History As America S Most Ruthless Buccaneer, Fabulously Rich, Burying Dozens Of Treasure Chests Up And Down The Eastern Seaboard But It Turns Out That Most Everyone, Even Many Respected Scholars, Have The Story All Wrong Captain William Kidd Was No Career Cut Throat He Was A Tough, Successful New York Sea Captain Who Was Hired To Chase Pirates His Three Year Odyssey Aboard The Aptly Named Adventure Galley Pitted Him Against Arrogant Royal Navy Commanders, Jealous East India Company Captains, Storms, Starvation, Angry Natives, And, Above All, Flesh And Blood Pirates Superbly Written And Impeccably Researched, The Pirate Hunter Is One Ripping Good Yarn.

10 thoughts on “The Pirate Hunter

  1. says:

    This book is borderline between It was okay and I liked it so, 2 1 2 stars.Basically, you should forget everything you thought you knew about Captain Kidd Which, for me was, He was a pirate Turns out I was even wrong about that Here are the main things I liked about this book 1 The true story of what happened to Captain Kidd is quite interesting.2 It gives you a credible look at what it was really like to be a pirate, in a very entertaining way.3 It was cool to get a feel for what wa This book is borderline between It was okay and I liked it so, 2 1 2 stars.Basically, you should forget everything you thought you knew about Captain Kidd Which, for me was, He was a pirate Turns out I was even wrong about that Here are the main things I liked about this book 1 The true story of what happened to Captain Kidd is quite interesting.2 It gives you a credible look at what it was really like to be a pirate, in a very ...

  2. says:

    I rate this between 2 and 3 stars On one hand, I appreciate all the information and detail that is contained in this book But it becomes incredibly tedious It starts off alright, but by the time you re about halfway through, all the life spark is just buried.

  3. says:

    Kids, turns out Captain Kidd was not kidding after all when he said he was not a pirate He was a privateer, and in fact, a pirate hunter There is a difference between a pirate and a privateer, and an important one at that especially in Kidd s case A privateer owns a warship which is commissioned by his country to prey on the commercial shipping or warships of an enemy nation A privateer ship never harms the ships of its home country or even friendlies On the other hand, a pirate is some Kids, turns out Captain Kidd was not kidding after all when he said he was not a pirate He was a privateer, and in fact, a pirate hunter There is a difference between a pirate and a privateer, and an important one at that especially in Kidd s case A privateer owns a warship which is commissioned by his country to prey on the commercial shipping or warships of an enemy nation A privateer ship never harms the ships of its home country or even friendlies On the other hand, a pirate is someone who downloads music and movies illegally Bu...

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    The study of piracy allows author Richard Zacks to satisfy his interest in the bizarre and seedy details of the past His ten year old book, The Pirate Hunter, is a colorful and shocking retelling of the life and voyages of Captain William Kidd This work often serves as a delivery device for rare and scandalous descriptions of outmoded behavior patterns from the late 17th century, including sex, classism, violence, and injustice Zacks never fails to find an opening to drop strange details ab The study of piracy allows author Richard Zacks to satisfy his interest in the bizarre and seedy details of the past His ten year old book, The Pirate Hunter, is a colorful and shocking retelling of the life and voyages of Captain William Kidd This work often serves as a delivery device for rare and scandalous descriptions of outmoded behavior patterns from the late 17th century, including sex, cl...

  5. says:

    Reviews on this book seem a bit mixed, which puzzles me a bit I found it to be a wonderful read, bringing to life characters such as Captain Kidd and Captain Culliford I had known little about Kidd before reading this except that he was purportedly one of the most notable pirates of the 17th century The truth is far from this, his mistake not becoming a pirate, but trusting powerful, greedy people when his luck was down and they would be liable to face scandal Along the way I learned a bit a Reviews on this book seem a bit mixed, which puzzl...

  6. says:

    Surprisingly timely pirates and justice.A fascinating, and lengthy, account of the life of Captain Kidd, accused of being a pirate The story itself is fascinating with abundant details of life in the New and Old worlds in the late 1600 s The scope of research is very impressive For those who think todays politics and bureaucracy are rough read this account The book gets better and better as we near the end We learn of the use, and abuse, of habeus corpus the right to a lawyer , so much Surprisingly timely pirates and justice.A fascinating, and lengthy, account of the life of Captain Kidd, accused of being a pirate The story itself is fascinating with abundant details of life in the New and Old worlds in the late 1600 s The scope of research is very impressive For those who think todays politics and burea...

  7. says:

    Richard Zacks tells a fast paced account of two pirates in Pirate Hunter The book focuses on Captain Kidd the respectable merchant who bet his fortune on hunting pirates and became the victim of bad misfortune and political luck The other is of Robert Culliford the pirate who serves as Kidd s foil throughout this tale and the target of Kidd s hunt in the Indian Ocean From the economic war between the great nations of the day to the spat between the old and ...

  8. says:

    Despite the title, this book is actually a biography of two men Kidd, a bullish New York Scottish privateer with bad luck and Robert Culliford, a roguish pirate with extraordinary good luck The men sailed togetherthan once Zacks weaves their stories together as a race of fate, with one headed to the gallows and one to freedom The book is incredibly thorough, delightful during the juicier pirate heavy sections but tiresome during the life chronology Reading through several chapters of Despite the title, this book is actually a biography of two men Kidd, a bullish New York Scottish privateer with bad luck and Robert Culliford, a roguish pirate with extraordinary good luck The men sailed togetherthan once Zacks weaves their stories together as a race of fate, with one headed to the gallows and one to freedom The book is incredibly thorough, delightful during the juicier pirate heavy sections but tiresome during the life chronology Reading through several chapters of Kidd making preparations to attain a boat and secure financing or Kidd bobbling around the Caribbean waiting for news is like watching the scene in an Indiana Jones movie where the red arrow slides across a map Like watching that scene for hours...

  9. says:

    Like any Navy kid growing up, I always dreamed of being a pirate Having grown up, I know it will be just a dream I get the feeling Richard Zacks had the same dreams as a kid Thank God Because the effort he put into The Pirate Hunter just doesn t seem possible for someone with merely a passing interest in piracy The tale of Captain Kidd is an incredible journey into the life of a man who was thrown so many curves, for centuries he was vilified as the very thing he was trying...

  10. says:

    I was as captivated as a small boy might be reading nursery tales about pirates It s so interesting and just captivating This is one of the best pieces of history writing I ve ever read The book is well researched and written It reads like a great fiction book and is loaded with so many details you can picture what life was like in the late 1600 s on the ocean, in the colonies and the US The tales show why young men would rebel against their naval commanders and risk everything to live a wi I was as captivated as a small boy might be reading nursery tales about pirates It s so interesting and just captivating This is one of the best pieces of history writing I ve ever read The book is well researched and written It reads like a great fiction book and is loaded with so many details you can picture what life was like in the late 1600 s on the ocean, in the colonies and the US The tales show why young men would rebel against their naval commanders and risk everything to live a wild life on the high seas Just the descriptions of New York as a uncontrolled colony of a few houses...

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