Captain Gilbert Anthony has a lot on his mind. He has just been decorated for extraordinary bravery under fire, been given command of the fourth-rate Drakkar, learned from his father's deathbed that he as a fully grown illegitimate brother, and will soon be dispatched on a special mission chasing pirates in the Caribbean. . .and that's just in the first fifteen pages! Honoring his dying father, the eponymous "Fighting James Anthony," Vice Admiral of the Blue, Gil takes his half-brother Gabriel into the ship's company as a senior midshipman. As Drakkar sails, Captain Anthony soon realizes having his brother aboard might not be the family reunion he hoped for when he encounters the resentment of one of his officers, Lieutenant Witzenfeld. But the real conflict lies ahead with the menacing pirate raiders who must be captured to end the depredations against peaceful English merchants. There Drakkar will find the feared pirate frigate Reaper and have her entire crew tested in savage combat!
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.8" Width: 4.96" Height: 0.79" Weight: 0.57 lbs.
Release Date Oct 29, 2007
Publisher Boson Books
ISBN 1932482563 ISBN13 9781932482560
Availability 114 units. Availability accurate as of Oct 21, 2016 11:50.
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Reaper?
Good story, bad book May 11, 2008
This is a reasonably entertaining story in the genre of fighting sail. The problem is in the production of the book itself. Here's yet another example of a book which seems to have had no proofreading whatsoever. Typos abound, and on occasion words are simply used incorrectly.
Here's an example from page 134:
"Here, here," they all said in unison as they drained their glasses.
That mistake is made consistently throughout the book. The fourth lieutenant's name is usually spelled Witzenfeld, but occasionally it becomes Witzenfield. Bungles like these bring the reader up short and sadly interrupt what is otherwise a good seafaring tale.
The Reaper Mar 15, 2008
This is a good sea going yarn. Well written within the time peroid and held my interest for the entire book.
Great Read !!! Apr 26, 2007
I've just finished this book in two days and really enjoyed it. It is written in the fashion of Dudley Pope, Alexander Kent and Charles White.
Plenty of action and romance for the "Fighting Anthonys", two (half-)brothers chasing pirates in the Caribean at the eve of the American Revolution.
I am glad I purchased this and the second book " The Sea Wolf" together, so I can continue with the story of Gil and Gabe without interuption.
Can we expect book three + ? I hope so...
An Unusual Start Aug 2, 2006
Most people who start a series of naval fiction in the age of sail take as their protagonist a young midshipman or lieutenant. Then, over the course of the development of the series, we see the protagonist develop into a better officer and rise in the ranks. Michael Aye has done something different. His character starts as a post captain fresh from a major victory. There would seem to be little room for upward mobility with a start like that but the book is worth reading.
Captain Anthony is assigned to suppress piracy in the Caribbean. He does so at a time when the stage is being set for the American Revolution. Tensions are running high but conflict has not yet broken out. The pirates are everyone's enemies and the captain proves to be an effective suppressor of their trade.
The book is extremely fast paced and enjoyable to read. Some to the situation and solutions seem to reek too much of coincidence but it is a fun read. I look forward to more.
1700s brought back to life Mar 29, 2006
Reviewed by Ellen Hogan for Reader Views (3/06)
Captain Gilbert Anthony gets word that his father is very ill. When he goes to see him, Gil learns that he has a grown half brother. Their father asks Gil to teach Gabe how to be a good seaman.
Meanwhile a pirate ship called The Reaper is preying on any ship that comes in its path. The Drakkar, captained by Gil is sent out to find and take care of The Reaper. The story is full of battles with pirates, a damsel in distress, salty sailors, and the new relationship between Gil and Gabe.
Captain Anthony and his crew are able to capture The Reaper after a fierce battle. Gil is then promoted to the rank of rear Admiral, while Gabe, having reached the rank of Lieutenant, gets his own command.
The characters are very believable and very colorful. Dagan the gypsy, Lady Deborah the damsel and Silas and Bart the servants of Captain Anthony all have their place and fill it well.
This is not the type of book that I usually read, but it was very enjoyable and I did not want it to end. Anyone with a love of history, pirates and good triumphing over evil will want to read this book.
The Reaper brings adventures of the 1700's to life.