Rated 5.00/5 based on 6 reviews
A promising young officer in the British royal navy. A fearsome pirate. A brave hero of the American Revolution. What is their improbable connection? Remarkably, they happen to be the same person. Privateer is the story of Mathew Carrigan, America's first naval hero. Fast-paced and suspenseful, Privateer blends history, intrigue, romance, and humor with several twists along the way. More

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About Michael Scandalios

Michael has had an avid interest in the American Revolutionary War and the founding fathers of the American political system since early childhood. He majored in political science with an emphasis in international relations at UCLA, where he also played on the baseball team. After earning a master's degree in finance from the University of Chicago, he has enjoyed a 20+year career in the fields of investment management, banking and consulting. In his free time, Michael enjoys surfing, playing guitar, writing, traveling and spending time with his family at their home in Northern California. Privateer is his first novel.


Review by: Beauty on Feb. 28, 2013 :
Read this book. The thrilling story of a man that was a British Captain to an American Pirate. If you love to read about American history stories this is one that you cant pass up. This is one of my favorite books to read. I could not stop reading this book. I give it a 5 out of 5 on the stars. And a note to the author continue writing your great books.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Max Lautmann on Oct. 12, 2011 :
Privateer is a riveting story that proves to be nearly impossible to put down. The historical presence blended with an intriguing fictional storyline combine to keep the audience on the edge of their seats for the duration of this adventure. The suspense, in addition to a few "curveballs" thrown at the reader, makes Privateer an absolute joy to read. One cannot help but feel as though they are part of the story, hanging on each word with the fascinating characters that come to life. Privateer has everything one could want out of a book: history, romance, adventure, thrilling suspense, and much more. There is simply no other way to describe Privateer than a must-read!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Todd Miller on Sep. 26, 2011 :
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Privateer and highly recommend to others! The book opens with vivid, well-crafted scenes, whether fencing or tense verbal exchanges, that delight the reader and leave one wanting more. The story is suspenseful and unfolds during the American revolution in such an interesting way that sheds light on various perspectives and key historical figures of the time, and leaves the reader wanting to learn more. Privateer also would make a fantastic movie. The characters are distinct, likable and/or villanous, story suspensful and cleverly interwoven, and historical perspective that leaves us appreciative and proud of the guts, vision, and free spirit, of our country's forefathers.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: John Rossi on Aug. 17, 2011 :
I have to admit that I was a bit sceptical about diving into Privateer. First, I am not a history buff; second, I never had a desire to read a period piece, especially one written about events in the mid-1700s; and finally, the book was written by a newbie. Why, I asked myself, would I waste my time reading something I'd probably never finish. Well, I began reading it at 8:00 am and it wasn't long (perhaps page 2) before Mr. Scandalios' fantastic imagination soon captured mine and I couldn't put the darn book down. I was glued in place until I finished it later the same evening. It was a fantastic and fun adventure! Just the right amount of suspense, humor, romance and action. It was a great history lesson as well. I was enlightened about the many issues surrounding the birth of our nation's independence including the bounty on John Adams' head, his precarious trip across the Atlantic with his son and the soliciting of funds for the war effort via our European friends.

The author may be a novice at writing books but he sure has a knack for hooking his audience and reeling them in. I can't wait for his next book to hit the virtual shelves.

John L Rossi
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: James Orr on Aug. 01, 2011 :
I couldn't put this book down. I was hooked in from the beginning and was entertained the whole way through. I often find that books have "dead spots" at certain points, but I was never bored when reading Privateer. Scandalios has a vivid imagination that leaves your mind running wild. He did a great job of mixing fiction with true events in history. I was sad when the book ended and am looking forward to the next one.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Tracy Grant on July 22, 2011 : (no rating)
A rollicking adventure that combines pirates, the American Revolution, political intrigue, and a hint of romance.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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