I remember when the first book of this series, The Prodigal, released. I thought I'd never seen a more beautiful cover. But the sequel looks even better. Gorgeous.
I'm a big fan of Patrick O'Brian series about Jack Aubrey made famous in the movie Master and Commander. I can't get enough of authentic historical books about seafaring life, especially life around the time of Napoleon. I've read all twenty!
S.K. Keogh's books have those same authentic details, full of adventure and action and with more romance. And hers are set on the American side of the Atlantic.
Here's some more about The Alliance in her own words:
Do you like adventure? Action? Intrigue? Perhaps a touch of romance? Oh, and a historical setting? How about early colonial America? To modern readers, the historic city of Charleston, South Carolina, brings to mind Rhett Butler, Gone With The Wind, and cotton plantations. But did you know that before cotton became king in the South, rice was Charleston's (then called Charles Town) leading exported commodity? And the slave gang labor system portrayed in stories like Gone With The Wind was preceded by a more humane task labor system?
While The Alliance is the second book in the Jack Mallory Chronicles, it can be read as a stand-alone story. However, I believe once you have read it, you will be curious to know what happened before and what is to come after. (An excerpt from The Prodigal is included at the end of The Alliance to whet the appetite of those who haven't read the first book.)
Before I share the jacket blurb for The Alliance below, I just want to say SPOILER ALERT! for those who haven't read the first book.
Two pirates; sworn enemies. An alliance forged by blood…
Jack Mallory sailed into Carolina waters seeking vengeance upon fellow pirate James Logan, the man responsible for his father’s murder and his mother’s kidnapping. But Jack never expected his well-laid plans to be foiled by a mere child: Logan’s precocious six-year-old daughter…and half-sister to Jack. A deathbed promise to their mother inexorably binds Jack to the child and robs him—at least temporarily—of his revenge against her father.
But the two pirates’ tenuous truce will be tested when a mysterious privateer sets sail to end Logan’s devastation of Carolina’s lucrative sea trade. Will Jack choose to save his half-sister’s father or will he ally with the privateer to at last see justice served for Logan’s crimes against his own parents?
You can connect with me online at my website: skkeogh.com, or on Twitter @JackMallory, or on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/S.K.Keogh. And look for the next volume of my Jack Mallory stories in late 2014, entitled The Fortune.
I hope you join me on this journey!