I'll be brutally honest. A book about pirates? My first thought was, what am I, five? I have never been so happy to be proven wrong.
Cameron Walker has clearly written Devil's Eye as a labour of love, as his deep appreciation and enthusiasm for the subject matter shine through in every scene.
The world of Devil's Eye is well-researched and carefully crafted to be close enough to reality to be believable, but far enough away to be an escape that lets you forget you are reading and immerse yourself in it. In many scenes, especially the battle scenes, it plays out like an action movie, which you watch between your fingers because you can't decide whether or not you want to see what happens next.
Ultimately, you'll decide that you want to see and that's because Cameron has put in just enough suspense to keep you hanging on. Every time you want to look away, you're pulled back in.
The characters are relatable in unexpected ways--I found myself just a little bit in love with the Devil's Eye's motley crew of antiheroes, especially Crimson Jack, and hoping despite myself through each twist and turn that things would work out for them.
I highly recommend Devil's Eye as the kind of book you may not be able to read in a single sitting, but you'll want to.
(reviewed 64 days after purchase)