Title: Port of Errors
Author: Steve V. Cypert
Page Count: 296 KB (Kindle format)
Genre: adventure, historical fiction
Copy for review provided by the author in anticipation of an honest review
Port of Errors is a pirate adventure of historical fiction set in the late seventeenth century in the Eastern Atlantic. Davy and Joseph grew up together in an orphanage where they became best of friends. But, when the orphanage was burnt down they were separated from one another, each following a separate course in life. Davy turned to lawlessness, becoming Black-Hearted, a ruthless pirate. Joseph pursued a life in the English Royal Navy, becoming Daniel Stirvin, a courageous captain determined to rid the waters of such pirates as Black-Hearted. Finally coming together for an epic battle, they each realize the others identity. Now committed to their separate causes and backed by their men, they are unable to back down and in the end only one man will stand. This is a bitter, yet uplifting tale of two friends, as close as brothers whose lives are followed closely to the end. You will come to love each character and discover new ones, like Scurvy Shaw, a clever and underhanded pirate; Darcy Wenham, a wealthy business man; and Isabel Shaw, a woman who captures Black-Hearted's eye. With new and exciting fictional and historical locations, this is an epic journey of adventure, love, war and betrayal.
It's kind of hard at this point to review anything historical and pirate related without coming up with some similarities between the story in question and Pirates of the Caribbean. I mean, similarities are bound to jump out, even if they are the most basic ones of being set in the past and featuring pirates as the main characters. Port of Errors does call to mind the famous franchise, but only in the way that every book set in a boarding school or featuring magic calls to mind Harry Potter.
No, while reading Port of Errors I was reminded much more strongly of the narrative style of The Princess Bride. The book isn't a comedy, so it wasn't that that triggered my memory, but instead it was the way that the story felt like it was an oral tale that had been written down. It was like someone was telling stories around a campfire, or settling kids down for bed with an adventure story that was told in installments, night after night.
The Amazon synopsis sums the plot of the story up pretty efficiently. After spending their formative years in an orphanage, best friends Davy and Joseph take dramatically different life paths. One becomes a respectable Navy captain, and the other becomes a notorious pirate. Eventually, they have to confront the fact that these different life paths mean they're pretty much total enemies, with all associated implications. To make matters worse, it's not just a private battle for these two; now they have full crews on each of their ships depending on them for their livelihood and survival. It's not pretty.
There are epic sea battles and acts of courage as well as side plots involving the side characters that all come to a head at the end of the book. Much like a good bedtime story, this is a good candidate to digest in small bits and pieces in order to absorb what's already happened and be ready for what happens next.
Steve Cypert has graciously offered up one print copy of the book to one lucky giveaway carnival participant! Due to shipping costs this is a U.S. only giveaway. To enter, just fill out the form below. Then, don't forget to navigate to the July 1st post entitled Why Read Indie Books? and comment saying you entered the giveaway for Port of Errors for an added shot at the $25 Amazon gift card! Make sure you leave your comment in the right place for it to be counted. Good luck!