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Pirate Hunter (ePub)

The Life of Captain Woodes Rogers

Maritime Military > Biographies P&S History > British History P&S History > By Century > 18th Century

By Graham A Thomas
Imprint: Pen & Sword Maritime
File Size: 5.9 MB (.epub)
Pages: 224
Illustrations: 20
ISBN: 9781844689859
Published: 16th October 2008


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On 2 August 1708 Captain Woodes Rogers set sail from Bristol with two ships, the Duke and Dutchess, on an epic voyage of circumnavigation that was to make himfamous. His mission was to attack, plunder and pillage Spanish ships wherever he could. And, as Graham Thomas shows in this tense and exciting narrative, after a series of pursuits and sea battles he returned laden with booty and with a reputation as one of the most audacious and shrewd fighting captains of the age. He was then appointed governor of the Bahamas by George I with the task of suppressing the pirates who roamed this corner of the Caribbean and preyed on its shipping. He was equally successful as a privateer and pirate-hunter in an age when brutality and ruthlessness were the law of the sea.

This study of Woodes Rogers is the first modern biography of an extraordinary adventurer. It is fascinating reading.

A well-researched book, which will be of great interest to those who study this period of history. Certainly the background information is full of facts and figures. Rogers own writings are widely referred to, which adds an interesting dimension to the book.

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Navy Net

Pirate Hunter offers and an incredible biography of a man who was deeply goal driven and died still working toward them. Anyone seeking a period biography or a fantastic sea story should have a read.

The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord, (Vol. XXIX, No. 4, Fall 2019)

Captain Woodes Rogers was an adventurer in the Golden Age of Piracy, a name of some familiarity but where few really know much about this real-life seaman and colonial Governor. This book looks closely at the swashbuckling career of a colourful character and the wild times in which he lived – Very Highly Recommended.

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This man's amazing story unfolds through Thomas' deftly worded narrative and Rogers' own journals and letters. This is an absorbing and compelling account of a man often mentioned, but rarely examined in any detail. No study on the Golden Age of Piracy is complete without this title.

Pirates and Privateers - July 2011

A fantastic book and recommended to all readers who like a swashbuckling true story. It is also full of facts and intrigue, I shall start to read it again in case I have missed anything out. Brilliant!!!

The Nautical Magazine - May 2009

About Graham A Thomas

Graham A. Thomas is a historian specialising in the history of the British army and air force in the Second World War and Korea. He is currently the editor of the British Army Review, a quarterly journal on the doctrine and history of the British army. His publications include Furies and Fireflies Over Korea, Terror From the Sky: The Battle Against the Flying Bombs and Firestorm: Typhoons Over Caen. He has also written several books on naval and maritime history, including Pirate Hunter: The Life of Captain Woodes Rogers and Blackbeard: The Hunt For The World's Most Notorious Pirate.

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