Sunday, 30 August 2015

A Pirate's Time Served by Chris Malburg : Review (Book Tour)

*This book was given to me for free by Worldwind Virtual Book Tours in return for an honest review, however this doesn't effect my opinion* 
A Pirate's Time Served by Chris Marburg
Published by: Smashwords Edition
Publication date: July 20th 2015

Genres: Pirate, Thriller, Paranormal

Careful what you wish for...

Sarah Schilling’s twelve year-old brother is wicked smart. But this? Pure genius. Brian snagged an invitation to spend the summer with their favorite aunt and uncle on St. Croix. Uncle Jack tells them, “There will probably be some swimming, some diving. We like to run. There’s a range, so maybe you’ll learn to shoot. Cooking. Your Aunt Helen is a classically trained chef. You knew that, right? There’s the Mallard seaplane, so maybe you’ll learn something about flying. That sort of thing.”

That sort of thing sounds like too much work for Sarah Schilling’s summer on the beach. Until Brian’s scuba regulator mysteriously fails sixty feet underwater. Her training snaps into laser focus. During Brian’s rescue they unearth the 250 year-old secret of Black Bart—the pirate and his ghost. The discovery launches them into a hurricane of peril at the hands of modern-day pirates. The Schilling family will not survive unless Brian and Sarah discover the most powerful weapon that is within themselves.

A Pirate’s Time Served is a YA thriller of a ghost story. It shows how two teens can dig deeper than they thought possible, discovering what it means to lead, to follow, and to never ever give up—especially on family.

A Pirate’s Time Served is my third novel. I wrote it while attending Stanford’s Writers School, Continuing Education. My second novel, God’s Banker, reached number eight on Amazon’s suspense list. I have also written eleven business books published by Simon & Schuster, Putnam, McGraw-Hill, Wiley, and Adam.

My Thoughts
This book took me about a week to read, which is quite a while for it only being 25 chapters and some of them having 10 or less pages. I really had to work myself up to read this, I had just waited for too long after getting it to reading it.

On the whole the book was quite well written though you could tell it was written by a middle aged man.

The characters were quite well written, there wasn't much description of appearances which I liked because I usually just ignore the descriptions anyway. I thought Jck was a really interesting and complex character. I would love to read a book about Jack's life and all his travel's round the world

At around chapter 3 I got really into the book then at around chapter 18 I lost interest again because there was so much technical language and that went in one in and out the other. I loved the addition of the quest because it really brought them even closer together.

In conclusion, it wasn't a bad book but I don't think I would recommend it to anyone who wasn't hugely into pirates. I'm giving this 3/5 stars.

I am writing this on the last day of the tour but if you want to read the rest of the reviews, interviews and extracts click here.

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