Tom Morrisey’s novel Pirate Hunter tells the stories of two treasure hunters, one past, one present:
High Seas Adventure Meets a High-Tech Quest for Pirate Gold
West Indies, 18th century
Young Ted Bascombe is rescued by notorious pirate Captain Henry Thatch, finding himself caught up in a world of crime, adventure, and a daily fight for freedom….
Key West, 21st century
Marine archaeologist Greg Rhode embarks on a treasure-hunting expedition in the turquoise waters of the Florida Keys, but he’s as beguiled by a beautiful diver with different-colored eyes as by the lure of pirate gold….
The Hunt Is On!
Interweaving these two stories, pro deep-sea diver Tom Morrisey spins a multilayered tale of two young men’s quests to escape their past by losing themselves to adventure on the high seas. Romantic and thrilling, this unique novel explores the timeless truth that “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
On the surface, Morrisey’s two protagonists seem worlds apart: Ted, a black teenager who narrowly escapes a lifetime of slavery and Greg, a marine archeologist with an alcoholic father. Yet both men, though centuries between them, seek freedom from their past even as they seek treasure on the high seas.
Morrisey is a gifted storyteller, no doubt about it. Pirate Hunter is a well written, well crafted, intricate story. My only quibble comes from his portrayal of pirates, or at least his pirates, as a little too admirable and principled to be believable. They are pirates, after all.
On the whole, Pirate Hunter is an exciting and satisfying read, one I really enjoyed.
Wife and mother, Bible teacher and blogger, Lisa loves Jesus, coffee, dark chocolate and, of course, books. Read more of her reflections at Lisa writes….