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The Life and Tryals of the Gentleman Pirate, Major Stede Bonnet

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Loved it! 😍

If you love pirates and history, you'll love this book! Well researched and fine story-telling!

I love a good pirate story, I mean, really who doesn't? Of course, the idea of being a pirate is way better than the reality living the life in the Golden Age of Piracy. Perhaps that's what Major Stede Bonnet thought, when he decided to forgo his comfortable life on a island plantation and turn to plundering and pilfering?


Jeremy Moss did a wonderful job with his novel "The Life and Tryals of the Gentleman Pirate, Major Stede Bonnet". This biography reads like an adventure novel, instead of pages and pages of facts thrown at you like some books. Don't get me wrong, I love research and details, but how they're presented in the text makes a big difference in the reading. It's obvious Moss dedicated time reconstructing this gentleman pirate's life.


A young man with everything, Major Bonnet turned to piracy at 28. Married, with four children, and a wealthy plantation owner on Barbados, Bonnet seemed to have a well-made life. So why the sudden change? Why go from a steady life of comfort to swashbuckling outlaw?


Although the lived a life of comfort, Bonnet had his share of tragedies. It isn't hard to imagine the constraints placed upon his station. Without any actual maritime knowledge beyond pages of books, he buys a sloop, names it Revenge, and searches for a crew. Through trial and error, for two years he sets upon an adventurous and dangerous course of piracy.


Before reading this book, I'd never heard of Major Stede Bonnet. His tenure on the sea short, it's filled with incredible incidents of friendship, betrayal, mutiny, and revenge. Funny how we "remember" certain infamous pirates, like Edward Teach (Blackbeard) however Bonnet is often overlooked. His life reads like a fantastic make-believe tale, with such twisting plots, it seems almost unbelievable.


I recommend this novel to history lovers, pirate fans, adventurers, and anyone interested in 17-18th century Colonial and Caribbean history. Pick up this book, you won't be disappointed.


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As a self-proclaimed Anglophile and research geek, it's no wonder Jennie L. Morris writes Romance and Historical Fiction with a flair for realism. Her love for learning led her to obtain degrees in Anthropology and Biology, which she often relies on during her writing process.

The Making of Major Stede Bonnet

About the author

Jeremy R. Moss is a lawyer & lobbyist living in Alexandria, Virginia. An emerging author & historian, Jeremy's research is focused on piracy and maritime history. When not working or writing, Jeremy is a family man and can be found telling stories of adventure and buried treasure to his young sons. view profile

Published on September 15, 2020

Published by Koehler Books

50000 words

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

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