Deep in the Caribbean, in the year 1682, an ill wind stirs. Pirates ride the ocean swells--chief among them the bloodthirsty crew of the Black Mast. They seek justice...and revenge.
Now only one man can stop them: former constable and privateer John Malarkey. To save himself and his beloved wife Gwen, John must confront a dark secret from his own past, and potentially betray his oldest, dearest friend.
Action and intrigue rule the high seas in this Pirates of the Caribbean-style adventure featuring romance, curses, ghosts, gods, and more.
Alex P. Berg
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Bought this because the cover looked great and I figured, why not? And you know what? I love it! It really is like a Pirates of the Caribbean movie, except with more substance (let’s be honest, those movies aren’t the deepest things in the world…).
It’s an adventure story (there is some mystery, but it’s mostly adventure) that follows a former ‘privateer’ John Malarkey and his wife Gwen as they go on a search for John’s old friend and captain. John’s a perfectly acceptable lead, but Gwen’s the star. She totally steals the show.
There’s some humor, some action, some romance. And a nice twist at the end that I did not see coming.
It was wonderful. Contrary to other reviewers, I love the fantasy. I am reading the story and say ARRGH (like a pirate). So what if it's not historically correct. Big whoopy-doo. I thought it was far freaking good. I think of a Captain Sparrow with a little sexy Orlando Bloom and I get Marlarkey. Gwen and Marlarkey are great characters. I want more... ARRGH
As a big fan of Alex Berg's Daggers & Steele Novels, I was excited to receive his notification that the Black Mast Murder was now available, and I purchased it immediately. Unfortunately, I wish I hadn't. I would have given it a 1 1/2 star rating if that was possible. I stuck with it to the bitter end HOPING that somehow it would get better. It didn't. Plot boring. Characters shallow. Dialogue almost soap opera-ish. I regret that I have to say that as your first reader review here, Alex, and I'm still going to buy the next Daggers & Steele (but don't let down on the quality there, please)!
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