The first unpublished novel from the historical fiction legend George Macdonald Fraser, featuring the unscrupulous and brilliantly entertaining pirate Calico Jack Rackham.
New Providence, 1720s. When infamous pirate Captain 'Calico' Jack Rackham returns from the high seas to ask Governor Woodes Rogers for a royal pardon, the Governor sees his chance to put his own devious plans into action.
Their agreement sets off an adventure of betrayals, counterbetrayals, plots and escapes that see Rackham join forces with the scheming but seductively beautiful pirate Anne Bonney.
Captain in Calico is a wonderfully spirited and entertaining novel which will delight fans of George MacDonald Fraser. The unscrupulous Captain Rackham is pure pleasure and shows the author's early penchant - and flair - for writing scoundrels of the highest order.
©2015 George MacDonald Fraser (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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Easy to listen to and a rollicking adventure
He can "do" all the voices
Laugh in places but more usually I listened to this with a permanent grin.
As an unashamed fan of GMF I have been looking forward to this release for some time and I'm glad to say I have not been disappointed. You can see where Flashman springs from - the "hero" Calico Jack is an obvious fore-runner, and of course Fraser returned to the pirate world in Pyrates in which once again you see many similarities. Make no mistake, the book isn't perfect. It's not terribly long - I wonder if some recent editing has occurred - in which case it has been done very well. Some of the prose that is left is a tad naive, the action a bit obvious on occasion and a bit dated (the book was written in the 60s after all) but it is a right rattling good read and if published as a new novel nowadays would still pass muster. As an audiobook there is so much that depends on the narrator and I'm pleased to say that Mike Grady doesn't disappoint - he can "do" all the voices. As an overall package I am very pleased and listened to it in virtually 2 sittings.
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