Pirates or Patriots

Rated 4.00/5 based on 1 reviews
On the morning of September 16, 1814 the USS Carolina begins a cannon bombardment of a tiny Mississippi delta island. In a New Orleans café a young woman awaits the man she hopes will rescue her from life in a Bourbon Street bordello. And in a French Quarter market a young merchant/pirate must choose between love and saving his new county from 12,000 war hardened British troops. More

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About L.D. Watson

L.D. is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington where studied film and television. He has a long career in film and video production with credits that include television shows, commercials, and motion pictures. Like a lot of people in that industry L.D. has written a number of screenplays including one that was a jury finalist at the Houston International Film Festival.
He’s a Christ Follower and a Texan to the core. He likes to say that he owns two types of shoes; flip-flops and cowboy boots. He loves to ride horses but he hates being called a cowboy. As he once said, “I don’t dip snuff, I’ve never owned a pair of Wranglers, and I hate country music, unless you count ZZ Top as country, of course.”
Most weekends he can be found driving across Texas with his camera taking pictures for his website His photographic philosophy is simply that, “There’s pictures everywhere, you just got to find a way to get them into your camera.”
He is writer or contributor on three different blogs and once published a weekly newsletter titled, “Mondays”. Currently he is focusing on his two blogs, LD talk and PixTalk. And, of course he’s hard at work on his third novel.


Review by: Scott Skipper on June 8, 2014 :
What if your uncle told you that he and your father killed Bonnie Parker? Jeb is naturally skeptical of this and some other tall tales about Jean Lafitte and Andrew Jackson, but he has been tasked with writing a book and he is a history professor, so he delves into these matters, if somewhat reluctantly. Well, it seems that three English brothers, left with no means of support, join the King’s infantry only to desert when faced with the prospect of fighting in the War of 1812. When privateers attack the ship on which they stowed away, they are faced with the prospect of hanging or joining the pirates. The choice is simple and they soon discover that being in the employ of Jean Lafitte is not a bad life. Enter Charlotte, down on her luck and destitute in New Orleans. Ephraim, spellbound by her beauty, literally bumps into her, but fails to prevent robbers from stealing all her possessions. Then the governor decides it is time to sweep the pirates from his state at the same time that the British attempt to enlist Lafitte’s assistance in their invasion of New Orleans, the loss of which threatens the entire Union.

This complex and compelling story of a man discovering the astonishing truth about his ancestors, and a pivotal battle in the history of a young country that actually took place after the end of the war, is a masterwork of tension and suspense. L.D. Watson has brought the period to life and carries the reader to the French Quarter before there was a statue of Jackson in the square that bears his name. The prose is magnificent, the characters wonderfully developed, and the aforementioned tension, keeps the pages turning. I was hooked from page one, and happily, the ending makes it clear that there is sequel in the works.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
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