Pirates! — An Excerpt from PERSUADED TO SAIL — 24 Comments

  1. Oh my goodness, that was amazing! I am not normally interested in ships, Patrick O’Brien, or anything like that, but I am interested in Jane Austen and Jack Caldwell’s stories, and this one fit the bill. I do love action and suspense, adventures and a good story, and this totally delivered. You had me from “One morning Anne Wentworth came up on deck”. This scene was absolutely thrilling from the first to the last word, and I want to read more. When will this be published? I need to read more of this, and since I have all of your other books, I need this one too. Please please please say it will be available soon. This was just tremendous. An excellent and impressive piece of work. I am a fan. I think my husband would like to read this too. Thank you for getting my morning off to an amazing start. I think this will be the high point of my day! 🙂

    • Well, Mari, I’m breaking a cardinal rule for me — I’m working on two books at once. I’m spending most of my time with ROSINGS PARK, but I’m also dabbing with PERSUADED TO SAIL. As for when they will be ready, I’m not sure. I can only write so fast! Thanks for the kind words.

  2. I am hooked! Looking forward to this one. I thoroughly enjoyed the other 2 books and I am believing this one will be just as good and worth the wait. Thanks for a sneak peek.

    • I actually posted an earlier version of this story on the Internet boards years ago, under the title THE UNEXPECTED PASSENGER. For obvious reasons, I’ve pulled it. It needs extensive re-writing before it is suitable for publishing. Please bear with me.

  3. This was amazing, Jack!! I can’t wait to read it!

    I’m more than halfway through Pimpernel and am loving it!! Thanks so much for the signed copy, and I’ll post my reviews when I finish. I keep envisioning Anthony Andrews and Jane Seymour as they are today as Percy and Marguerite in your book. 😉

    Thanks for this incredible scene; I think I was holding my breath at one point!

    Susanne 🙂

    • I’m more of a Leslie Howard / Merle Oberon kind of guy (movie – 1934). Howard could say so much with his eyes and face, and was there a more beautiful woman than Oberon? Raymond Massey made a great Chauvelin, too.

      I’m happy you’re enjoying THE LAST ADVENTURE OF THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL.

      • Yes, I’ve wanted to see the Leslie Howard/Merle Oberon film–I love films of the ’30s and early ’40s–but I haven’t been able to get my hands on this one. Our library doesn’t have a copy. I might have to check YouTube–sometimes old movies are uploaded there.

        Thanks, Jack! I have finished The Last Adventure of the Scarlet Pimpernel, and I could not put it down!! Brilliant! I’ll be writing a review later this week and post it to Goodreads, Amazon, and my blog. 🙂

        ~Susanne (who loves Ian McKellen as Chauvelin–the final fencing scene between him and Sir Percy (Anthony Andrews) is only surpassed by the fencing scene in Princess Bride)

  4. Love this excerpt! I remember reading the story years ago, it was what encouraged me to read Patrick O’Brien. Anne and Frederick’s relationship is wonderful, the way she admires and supports him in his own element, he accepts and includes her and the crew is, of course, enchanted. I’m always happy when you publish an old favourite, but if you manage to write something entirely new (the long ago planned Rosings Park) it is excellent news, too!

  5. That was amazing. Having been on the Constitution I can picture much of this daily. Liking forward to the release of this story.

  6. And was that William Price, Fanny’s brother? Great adventure. Thank you for this part of a greater adventure described for us.

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