The Ballade of Mary Reede

The Ballade of Mary Reede

Twilight of the Buccaneers

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Author: N.C. Schell
Publisher: GD Publishing
Length: 282 page(s)
Language: English
Written: Aug 2017
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Category: Fiction & Literature » Novels  |  Work: Roman
Keywords: Caribbean piracy, Female pirates, Mary Reede, Ann Bonny, Jack Rackham, Queen Nanny, Maroons of Jamaica



About two hundred yards off, our pursuer ran up her colors, a black flag bearing the curious device of a white skull in its center, with crossed white swords beneath.
“John,” Candy said, “I’ve sailed with such in years past, and there’s just a chance that I may know some of her crew. When they board, stand where you can be clearly seen, with your hands by your side — in plain sight — show no resistance at all. They’ll be very hard sorts, and it’s certain there’ll be some who will stand ready to cut you down to drown in your own blood.”
At that same moment there was a puff of gray smoke from her forward gun, followed closely by the dull thump of its report. A jet of water leaped from the surface of the sea some hundred feet or so in our path ahead.
A brightly clad figure stepped up by the forward shrouds onto its rail, and raised a speaking trumpet.
“Heave to! Heave to!” came a voice across the water, “Come into the wind till ye stay, and back your sails. We mean to board you for inspection. Heave to Damn ye!”

“... a man forced against his will to serve a pirate ‘republic’ and a pirate, who lived 300 years ago emerge here full blooded, historically viable … a richness to the detail … that is compelling.”—Rev. Dr. W. Gary Hayward, Covenant Evangelical Church, Barre, Massachusetts .

“N. C. Schell's riveting novel tells the story of the pirate Mary Reede ... it's Mary’s … stunning defiance of gender expectations, her struggles at the edge of morality and her brave embrace of a dangerous love that gives this story its thunder and modern urgency. Everything about this novel, its eccentric characters, its consistently fascinating, spectacularly written action sequences and its powerful, resonant themes, screams to be made into a television series ....”—Laura Harrington, Actress & Screenwriter, Hollywood, CA.

"… a masterly crafted tale. From beginning to end, I could not put it down."—Paula Warner, Sunderland, Massachusetts.

"Very polished and dramatic … attention to detail is phenomenal … a great piece of work”—Patrick Dunn, Manchester, New Hampshire.

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Member since: Aug 2017
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I was born in Lebanon, Pennsylvania on September 17, 1944. I make no apology for being a big dumb Pennsylvania ‘Dutch’ country boy. I am the product of an abusive marriage and a broken family. I spent a nomadic life with my father, who was a kidnapping parent. I grew up unsupervised on small town streets.

My work life began at eight years old collecting bottles for their deposit, and shining shoes Fridays and Saturdays in a barbershop in Sebring, Florida—demanding work in that age of black shoes and ubiquitous white cotton socks. I have lived at the rough edge all of my life. My lessons have all been learned the hard way. My father, for all his faults, taught me to read very early using comic books.

I discovered historical novels at the age of nine, when I found a copy of Paul I. Wellman’s The Iron Mistress’ on a shelf in our rented rooms. I read it, and discovered the magic that happens between the mind, and the written word. Shortly afterward I also discovered public libraries. Libraries, along with Shirley Industrial School For Boys, and ‘Classics Illustrated, have been the primary sources of my early education.

My companions and teachers through many years have been Kenneth Roberts, C. S. Forester, Paul I. Wellman, Fredrick Marryat, James A. Michener, Louis L’Amour, Richard H. Dana, James Clavell and Patrick O’Brian.

I have endeavored to write an historical novel of a sufficient quality so that I may greet them in the Elysian Fields with my head held high.
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