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Blog Tour and Book Excerpt for "Buccaneer"

Book Title: Buccaneer: The Early Life and Crimes of Philip Rake

Series: The Molucca Star Quartet

Author: Chris Thorndycroft

Publication Date: August 1st, 2023

Publisher: Chris Thorndycroft

Page Length: 232

Genre: Historical action and adventure

Buccaneer: The Early Life and Crimes of Philip Rake

By Chris Thorndycroft


Bristol, 1713. When Philip Rake, pickpocket, smuggler and scoundrel is arrested and thrown in jail, he assumes he has a short walk to the gallows. But his father, a wealthy merchant who has remained a figure of mystery throughout his life, throws him a lifeline; become an indentured man on an expedition to the East Indies led by his friend, Woodes Rogers.

Woodes Rogers is looking for Libertatia - the fabled pirate kingdom of the legendary buccaneer Henry Avery - and the hoard of treasure rumoured to be hidden there. But Philip wants his freedom and when he learns that there are men onboard who once sailed with Henry Avery and plan to take the treasure for themselves, he jumps ship and embarks upon a career of piracy.

Philip's story takes him from the backstreets of Bristol to the sun-baked hills of Madagascar and on to the tropical islands of the Caribbean in a thrilling tale of adventure in which he rubs shoulders with some of the most notorious pirates of the age including Blackbeard, Charles Vane, Anne Bonny and Mary Read.

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Author Bio:

Chris Thorndycroft’s writing career began with short horror stories which appeared in magazines and anthologies such as Dark Moon Digest and American Nightmare.

His first novel under his own name was A Brother's Oath, book one in the Hengest and Horsa trilogy, which deals with the beginning of Anglo-Saxon England. He has always had a passion for historical fiction, kindled at the age of six when he first saw Errol Flynn in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). His books are deeply grounded in real history but often reimagine legends such as King Arthur and Robin Hood, weaving them in with historical events.

He currently lives in Norway with his wife and two kids.

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Cathie Dunn
Cathie Dunn
Aug 01, 2023

Thank you so much for featuring Chris Thorndycroft on your blog today, celebrating his new release, Buccaneer!

Cathie xo

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