Advance copies of The Smuggler’s Gambit circulating ahead of its March 20, 2015 release are garnering lots of good feedback so far.
Children’s Literature has written this review:
“With a seamless plot and vivid characters, this novel set in Port Beaufort, North Carolina in 1765, captivates the reader’s imagination. When seventeen-year-old Adam Fletcher chooses to recklessly defend his single mother’s reputation with his quick temper and fists, he is given two choices—jail or an apprenticeship. The delinquent’s only consolation is the hope that he will work under the flashy Richard Rasquelle, a local hero and a successful port merchant. Adam, however, lands in the care of the elder Emmanuel Rogers, a staid member of the coastal colony and only competitor of Rasquelle. It does not take long for Adam’s impetuousness to land him in a tangled web of spying, betrayal, and life-threatening danger. When Adam finally uncovers the true evil players and why his boss, Mr. Rogers, has landed in jail, he is being led away to a deserted coastal island by kidnappers. Readers will not be able to put down this historically accurate tale until they discover how Adam redeems himself and reveals the truth.”
BIBLIO: 2015, Seaport Publishing, ages 15 – 18, $14.95
REVIEWER: Krisan Murphy