As I now have many people following my blog and contacting me regarding my book reviews, I need to be upfront with my readers. My review of The Pirates of Miss Fortune: And the Crimson Fist, is going to be completely biased. I'm not even going to attempt to write my normal type of review. I'm happy to say that it was co-written by two of my good friends, H.M.A. Latif and Mark Adams. I bought the book and I'm writing this review to help support them.
Beyond knowing the authors, one of the main reasons that I struggle with writing a fair review, is this is completely not the type of story that I would normally buy. It's very different from the other books on my shelf and very much, outside of my comfort zone. That said, here is my review and why I think you should give it a shot.
Like adventure? Like comedy? Like pirates?
The Pirates of Misfortune: And the Crimson Fist is a non-stop, action-packed adventure about several groups of bumbling pirates who are in search of a moving island that holds the key to the power of a bejeweled glove, known as the crimson fist.
The pirates are all fairly dimwitted and made me think of a cross between Jack Sparrow and the pirates from the stage show at Legoland. The comedy ensues from their myriad of mistakes and their general outlandish behavior. This story is not rooted in reality, it's very much a fantasy with characters that are cartoony and exaggerated. The style is consistent, which makes it easy to buy into the reality of this fantasy world. There is an abundance of creativity in the world of the story.
Perhaps because the characters are so over-the-top, this is not a character driven story. There is not a great deal of character development. However, that's okay. It's a plot and action driven story with a new problem developing every couple of pages. The characters are in constant peril and their lives intersect in unexpected ways. The pace is quick.
If you like action based stories, this is a strong pick.
If this sounds like it would be your type of read, pick up a copy on Amazon. Support independant authors. Support my friends!