• Title: Dead Reckoning: A Caribbean Pirate Adventure
  • Author: Karen Perkins K.A. Perkins
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 466
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dead Reckoning A Caribbean Pirate Adventure Dead Reckoning is a historical adventure of piracy love and revenge in the Caribbean in the seventeenth century Leo is born in Spanish Panama in When he is twelve years old he witnesses the viol
    Dead Reckoning is a historical adventure of piracy, love and revenge in the Caribbean in the seventeenth century.Leo is born in Spanish Panama in 1659 When he is twelve years old he witnesses the violent rape and murder of his mother by three of the Caribbean s most feared pirates Tarr, Blake and Hornigold, and swears revenge at all costs.Gabriella is trapped in an abusiDead Reckoning is a historical adventure of piracy, love and revenge in the Caribbean in the seventeenth century.Leo is born in Spanish Panama in 1659 When he is twelve years old he witnesses the violent rape and murder of his mother by three of the Caribbean s most feared pirates Tarr, Blake and Hornigold, and swears revenge at all costs.Gabriella is trapped in an abusive marriage to a ruthless Dutch slave trader, who is in business with the same English cut throats She risks all to escape with her life.Leo and Gabriella meet aboard one of the most horrific ships in the Caribbean a slaver and join forces against their common enemy They face a number of challenges as they battle not only the dangers of a life at sea, including storm, drowning, and being cast adrift in a crippled ship, but also repeated attacks by Blake and Hornigold.But their biggest threat proves to be each other Can they reconcile their hearts in time for the fiercest battle in their quest of revenge, and survive the gallows Dead Reckoning was long listed in the 2011 Mslexia Novel Competition Wow, what a fantastic story It s a swashbuckler with a sweeping narrative, full of sea battles, drama, revenge, and love Ms Perkins is a sensational storyteller, knowing how to grab your attention, and hold onto you throughout This is an epic pirate adventure, that is wrought with romance, anguish, fighting and revenge.I was immediately drawn into the story of both Leo and Gabrielle, and fell in love with both their horrific stories Their lives eventually collide together and so begins a romance like no other So enraptured with this story and its characters that I be became a little lost within it s pages K A Perkins takes romance, adventure and historical fractions to create a splendid tale Some might say that it s a Bernard Cornwell type tale of adventure on the high seas, but it is much than that Rather than painting pirates as the swashbuckling adventurers that some authors do, Perkins portrays them as they truly were violent, bloodthirsty, predators That credibility is a large part of Dead Reckonings charm Dead Reckoning is an excellent read and I look forward to reading the other books in Ms Perkins series Dead Reckoning is not a fast read It is a deeply involving kind of story One must give it full attention to get the span of the plot and appreciate the different characters There are different plot lines that blend into the story, each one driving the story forward toward a satisfying finish.

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    1. K. A. Perkins takes romance, adventure and historical fractions to create a splendid tale. Gabriella and Leo’s lives are torn apart, yet they throw caution to the wind to avenge the wrongs. When the novel opened up, both characters were faced with potentially devastating circumstances, but over the course of Dead Reckoning readers experience their growth and development. I was truly impressed with the strength that Gabriella developed, because her initial circumstances only showed a weakling. [...]

    2. Full of action, with well-rounded,interesting characters, Dead Reckoning grips from the beginning. Leo and Gabriella are ordinary people living in a difficult period of history. They both have very difficult starts in life, yet are determined to improve their lot. This is made harder when they try to do it together, and they can only forget the past and forge a future for themselves once the men who have terrorised and destroyed their early lives are dead. They face tremendous challenges just to [...]

    3. My Review:Dead Reckoning is a challenging read. It is the story of a woman, in a bad marriage, and a boy who watched his mother’s rape and vowed vengeance on the men who killed her. Gabriella suffers great humiliation in her marriage to a pirate named Erik. She gathers enough courage one day to save herself and her maid/friend, Klara from the madness of her husband’s estate. We’re thrust into a wild adventure through the jungle with their escape. It was very easy to get involved with Gabri [...]

    4. Dead Reckoning is a historical, action, adventure, romance set in the Caribbean in the 17th century. It involves main characters Leo Santiago and Gabriella Berryngton “van Ecken” whose vastly different lives lead them down the same path to each other. Gabriella is subject to horrendous abuse at the hands of her husband, Erik, whom she was forced to marry at just fourteen. Leo witnessed the murder of his mother at the hands of Erik’s men, pirates Blake and Hornigold. Leo swears vengeance ag [...]

    5. Let me say Gabriella is one foolishly stubborn character. I love the story line the characters and the conclusion of book two and am looking forward to the third book in 2013. I had a hard time following the ships linguistics but enjoyed the storyline nevertheless. I was on the edge of my seat more than once. All emotions played out for me in this story. Anger. Sadness. Surprise. Happiness and loss. And even those can't begin to express my inner turmoil. KA Perkins plays with our emotions with t [...]

    6. I like a book that grabs my attention from the beginning and doesn’t let go. Dead reckoning is one of those books. Some might say that it’s a Bernard Cornwell type tale of adventure on the high seas, but it is much more than that. Rather than painting pirates as the swashbuckling adventurers that some authors do, Perkins portrays them as they truly were – violent, bloodthirsty, predators. That credibility is a large part of Dead Reckonings charm. The action takes place in the Carribbees (C [...]

    7. Set in the Caribbean of the 17th century, peopled by slavers and pirates, Dead Reckoning is classified by the author as historical fiction. Gabriella and Leo, the star-crossed lovers who are the main characters in the novel, each have personal tragedies that propel them into life as pirates and motivate them to seek revenge against the men who wronged them so horribly. They give the story it’s humanity, and both are likeable characters. Most of the narrative, however, deals with sailing pirate [...]

    8. This has a shocking start, which immediately drew me into both Leo and Gabriella's world from the off. It accurately reflects the realities of living in C17th Caribbean and at sea, yet is heartwarming in the way the two main characters never stop fighting for a better life of freedom and happiness. It's a very emotional book – the characters (and reader) go through sadness, grief, ecstasy, fear, frustration, exhilaration, anger, and much more, and it was impossible to put down.The ship-board a [...]

    9. What i thought was going to be an easy read, in fact failed to be. So enraptured with this story and its characters that i be became a little lost within it's pages.I'm not one to write lengthy synopsis type reviews, but what I will tell you is that this was epic. An epic pirate adventure. An epic romance, and an epic story on vengeance. Karen is so well skilled in writing a story i failed to realise how bloody long this was. I was absorbed into it, into the characters lives, and into turning ea [...]

    10. I could taste the salt on my lips, hear the creaking of rigging and the wind hitting the sails and feel the Caribbean sun warm my face as I read this wonderful book by K.A. Perkins. Smart, well researched and oh so very readable, this is a great tale of romance on the high seas.Leo takes to the pirate life years after watching his mother's brutal murder at the hands of a trio of ruthless pirates. Gabriella flees to a ship filled with a cargo of slaves in order to escape her abusive husband. They [...]

    11. Perkins does it again with the second book in the Valkyrie series, DEAD RECKONING. Following off where the novella An Ill Wind leaves off, we see Gabriella begin her new life, away from her abusive husband, on the sea with a band of pirates. Perkins showcases her amazing abilities to describe atrocious events in an almost poetic manner, but this book finally shows us more of a happy side to Gabriella's life than the seemingly never-ending horror we saw in the first book. Almost immediately she m [...]

    12. Note: I received a copy of this book in trade for a fair review.I never read the first book however that was not a problem. This book pulled me in. We start with Leo who makes a vow of revenge after witnessing the death of his mother. Then we switch to Gabriella, trapped in an abusive marriage. I could really feel for her and was rotting for her through the whole book. Though she had never known anything but abuse, her spirit wasn't broken. In fact, she has a will of steel and a fierce independe [...]

    13. loved this book. I really enjoyed how it started with two totally separate story lines and then brought them together. I really liked reading different parts of the story from the different characters petspectives. I re-read the book again right after I finished it the first time.

    14. Note: Review is for the entire Valkyrie SeriesWell written historical fiction should cause the reader to wonder what really happened - to ask what in the story is fact and what is not. If the story is well executed it should be told without anachronism or other annoying flaws, accurately depicting the period in question. Ultimately it should be the kind of story that leaves the reader thinking that if things didn't happen exactly this way, perhaps they should have. Karen Perkins has delivered su [...]

    15. When Gabriella is trapped in an abusive marriage, she puts her life--as well as her good friend's life--into even greater danger by escaping. It's 1686 and the story is set in The Caribbees where pirates fought traders for ships and cargo. It was a time when freedom for everyone, but especially African slaves and women, was hard won with a heavy price--often death. This is the backdrop for the story about Gabriella, whose desire is to be free and take revenge on the husband who mistreated her an [...]

    16. Loved it!!!Dead Reckoning follows Gabriella through her escape from her horribly abusive husband to her meeting with Leo the pirate captain and their adventures in difficult life on the sea. Gabriella, who has been controlled by selfish men her entire life, struggles to find her path in life and figure out who she really is and wants to be, while Leo tries to balance the hard-heartedness necessary to a pirate captain with the overflowing love he has for a woman. The story is a great coming of ag [...]

    17. This is a romance. OK, it starts with what seems like a real swash-buckling pirate adventure, but it quickly turns into a romance. I've read real pirate history and Perkins has clearly done her research. The sailing, combat at sea, life as a pirate and sailor are all well done. The problem is the volume of action. In the real world or William Kydd (Captain Kydd), there were 2 encounters at sea in 3 years. In Dead Reckoning, there are 3 encounters in 3 days Never the less, it is fun.The romance c [...]

    18. There was quite a bit of suspension of disbelief needed for the majority of this book's plot, but I'm okay with that. I read a lot of books like that. :) I found myself rooting for the characters despite the fact that, well, they're killing other human beings right and left, stealing, plundering erg. Yes, that's what pirates did, and it all seems very romantic and fascinating coming from far away in time and space, but there are still pirates out in the oceans today, and nothing about them is r [...]

    19. The story is pretty cool, I'll give it that. However I found the writing pretty basic and uninspiring. Events seemed to just come and go with no suspense or intrigue. Leo is like "I need to become a pirate but it'll take lots of effort" Next line "I'm a pirate!" None of the characters are very well developed apart from Leo and Gabriella and they're both boring and predictable so that kinda sucks. Also Klara has the potential to be a good character but no effort is put into her I swear she is com [...]

    20. The Valkyrie Series comes highly recommended for those who enjoy historical reading. It is a romance but not erotica. I would rate this series as 5 star.I really enjoyed these stories. One big plus was the period dialogue. The language used is one you can imagine pirates of olden days in the Caribbean might have used. From start to finish, these are stories the reader will find difficult to put down as the story telling is fast paced and leaves the reader wondering what happens next. The love st [...]

    21. Blown me down!Pretty good pirate book. I'm not too crazy for the heroine, though. She wants independence and to be treated as an equal to men, but when she violates the rules and gets hit by a man she gets mad and pouts and takes off Any male pirate under the same circumstances would be lucky to get away with less than being killed. She whines too much about her past abuse at the hands of a sadistic husband! You either want to be treated equal and take your medicine like the rest of the pirates [...]

    22. This book is the second book in the Valkyrie series by KA Perkins and it follows Gabriella Berryngton's plight and fortunes as she escapes her tyrannical husband. I enjoyed the first book very much and that was the reason I went back to buy the sequel. The second book is just as thrilling but the action seems to be more separated by long accounts of historical and technical passages about sailing itself, which to someone like me who doesn't sale is quite bewildering at times. Things however do p [...]

    23. This is a second book in the Valkyrie Caribbean Pirate series, although the first novel. It follows on from the novella Ill Wind: A Caribbean Pirate Adventure, but is a self-contained story. It mostly takes place on-board ships on the Caribbean Sea and takes an unexpected twist. If you are not into the technical basis of sailing in the 17th century or pirate battles then this book may drag a bit. If you are into those subjects then the book should please.

    24. Again, I liked it but I did skim over a good portion of it. Lots of good action and sailing jargon. But also again, Gariella's age bothers me. It is never really mentioned and she cannot be more than 19 at the very very most. Seems unrealistic that a 19 year old female, no matter what she has been through could take over a ship, sail on her own as a pirate captain and do the things she did in this book. Good story but her age seems off.

    25. A young boy watches as his mother is raped by three pirates and does nothing - doesn't even scream or otherwise try to defend her mother. The scene is told in first person, but the boy magically knows the pirates by name even though he has not met them before.The writing style did not click with me and I had to leave this unfinished.

    26. This had too much in depth information on the actual pirate ships and very little character development. It was also too long and slow for me. I had to skim the last 20% because I couldn't take it anymore. Someone else might enjoy the ship and sailing/fighting details, but this one didn't work for me.

    27. The third in pirate seriesThe other two books had a well twisted plot for how lives were fulfilling their destinies. This book did weave lost characters into the story line however some of the actions especially during the love scenes and their squabbles the solution became hokie to me and most unbelievable.

    28. Having read a couple of Karen's books I was not disappointed with this novel. Good storyline and great main characters. Not being a sailor a lot of the nautical bits went over my head but I really enjoyed the action and will read the next book.

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