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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
The Brotherhood of the Black Flag: A Novel of the Golden Age of Piracy by Ian Nathaniel Cohen is a story filled with action, betrayal, romance, and pirates. Michael McNamara sets out for adventure, leaving behind his time in the British navy and his position as a smallsword instructor. He heads out to the Caribbean. His adventure isn't met with an immediate warm welcome when he gets into a fight with a pirate and this catches the attention of former pirate Reynard, who is now the best pirate hunter. He joins forces with Reynard and his crew to put an end to piracy. However, when Michael learns of a plot against King George, one that will put the lives of everyone in Bristol in danger, he turns to those he knows he can trust and puts his life on the line to save the day. What makes Michael stand out in this era is how much of a gentleman he is as he always stays respectful towards women and doesn't meddle in the relationship between Catalina and Reynard. His growing feelings for Catalina complicate matters between him and Reynard as the dynamic veers into a love triangle but Michael maintains nothing but respect for both.
If you love high seas adventures, fights against pirates, and daring historical reads, then The Brotherhood of the Black Flag is perfect for you. Ian Nathaniel Cohen brings to life a story told with accurate historical facts and occurrences which will completely immerse you into the time period. Cohen gives Michael a likable personality, making him a character that is immediately compelling and draws you into the story as you know he's someone who will do the right thing. Cohen doesn't bog you down with the historical details but weaves them into the background and situations in which the characters find themselves, and brings this adventure to life through authentic settings. Even if historical reads aren't your typical genre, Cohen will draw you into the story and invest you in Michael's adventures right from the start and keep you entertained until the end. The Brotherhood of the Black Flag is a story with suspenseful moments and action-packed fight scenes with deep betrayal and a complicated romance woven into the adventure.