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Jake Hawking — pirate, rogue, and scourge of the Spanish Main — is known for his quick blade and cunning wit. It’s earned him some friends in the Caribbean, but it’s also earned him his fair share of enemies. He recently got word that the governor of Havana has hired three bounty hunters to track and capture him and his crew. It’s not an unusual predicament for any pirate to find himself — a hunted man to the end of his days — but Hawking needs to get a grasp of the situation. These three bounty hunters are formidable on their own — their military feats as wide as the sea itself — but if the Spanish governor manages to persuade the lot to fly under a single banner it could make life a little more interesting than Hawking wishes.

He and his crew dock at the port-town of Kingston, Jamaica. Hawking has an informant there and if anyone knows where these three privateers are or might be heading it’s his old flame, Eve. But when they step on dry land Hawking notices the locals are less friendly than he remembers and two shadowy figures start following him through town. Have the bounty hunters cornered him already or is something more sinister at work? He finds out soon enough and he’ll need to act fast if he doesn’t want to find himself learning the steps to the gallows jig.

“A Pirate’s Honor” is a short-story sitting at approximately 5,600 words. It is also part of the omnibus collection — “Jake Hawking & the Bounty Hunters” — available on Amazon for Kindle and Paperback.

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""...a short story that will appeal to fans of pirates, particularly young adult readers.""

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Jake Hawking and his crew come into port after a long voyage of piracy only to find themselves the target of dark looks and mutterings. But since they haven't been back to the port in three months, how could one of the crew possibly have been in town at the same time?

It's a short, solid, story and although the twist is a little cliched for a story and raises a few questions,  it works well as an introduction to Jake Hawking, his character and his world. Pirate cliche and trope abound, but you are duly warned - not least by the lead character's name, a nice take on Treasure Island's Jim Hawkins.

As a teen and young adult book this is the piracy of adventure literature and film, not the Spanish Main, so there's little gore and more daring-do. The writing style is simple, as is the plot, but then it is simply an introduction to the characters. If you want to sample the author's work before committing to the series, this is a good place to start.

For older readers, this may be a bit basic, but it's not meant for them. Instead it's a short story that will appeal to  fans of pirates, particularly young adult readers.

Rating: 3

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