[[ Audiobooks ]] Empire of Blue Water: Captain Morgan's Great Pirate Army, the Epic Battle for the Americas, and the Catastrophe That Ended the Outlaws' Bloody ReignAuthor Stephan Talty – Kairafanan.co

He Challenged The Greatest Empire On Earth With A Ragtag Bunch Of Renegades And Brought It To Its Knees Empire Of Blue Water Is The Real Story Of The Pirates Of The CaribbeanHenry Morgan, A Twenty Year Old Welshman, Crossed The Atlantic In , Hell Bent On Making His Fortune Over The Next Three Decades, His Exploits In The Caribbean In The Service Of The English Became Legendary His Daring Attacks On The Mighty Spanish Empire On Land And At Sea Determined The Fates Of Kings And Queens, And His Victories Helped Shape The Destiny Of The New WorldMorgan Gathered Disaffected European Sailors And Soldiers, Hard Bitten Adventurers, Runaway Slaves, And Vicious Cutthroats, And Turned Them Into The Most Feared Army In The Western Hemisphere Sailing Out From The English Stronghold Of Port Royal, Jamaica, The Wickedest City In The New World, Morgan And His Men Terrorized Spanish Merchant Ships And Devastated The Cities Where Great Riches In Silver, Gold, And Gems Lay Waiting His Last Raid, A Daring Assault On The Fabled City Of Panama, Helped Break Spain S Hold On The Americas Forever Awash With Bloody Battles, Political Intrigues, Natural Disaster, And A Cast Of Characters Compelling, Bizarre, And Memorable Than Any Found In A Hollywood Swashbuckler Including The Notorious Pirate L Ollonais, The Soul Tortured King Philip IV Of Spain, And Thomas Modyford, The Crafty English Governor Of Jamaica Empire Of Blue Water Brilliantly Re Creates The Passions And The Violence Of The Age Of Exploration And Empire


10 thoughts on “Empire of Blue Water: Captain Morgan's Great Pirate Army, the Epic Battle for the Americas, and the Catastrophe That Ended the Outlaws' Bloody Reign

  1. says:

    Right off the top you should be asking, 5 Stars for a book about pirates, Koivu Yeah well I have a thing for stories about randy seaman going after sweet sweet booty, what can I say Talty s pen puts a nice flourish on history that s appreciated, but hardly necessary considering his colorful source material Patriotic Welshman Captain Morgan may not have seen himself as a pirate, after all he was only doing his duty for England, but if you were the Spanish in the Caribbean Islands at the time he was tearing the place up, in your eyes Morgan was the lowest of the low You also knew he was to be feared for his sudden and violent attacks as well as his intelligence and uncanny ability to get himself and his vicious though loyal men out of numerous seemingly inescapable scrapes Talty relates story after story, each with an exciting flair we ve come to know so well from actors like Flynn to Depp portraying Hollywood versions of what in this book is quite real If you re not into bloody minded treasure hunting pirates making daring raids and escapes during ye olden day of the age of sail, well perhaps this is not for you.And now I ll have to ask you to leave.


  2. says:

    Wow I feel like I ve got to take a week off after reading this one A lot happens, man This is one of those books that proves reality is far incredible than fiction I can say nothing than that this must be the epitome of pirate literature it may not be pirate Bible, but it s pirate Shakespeare at the very least Loved it Henry Morgan is a colossal figure in history, and this book gives him his due I read Cup of Gold by John Steinbeck about a thousand years ago also about Henry Morgan and loved it at the time, but this book blows that one right out of the water, yes, with a nice broadside My thanks to Bettie whose site I found this on.


  3. says:

    Having recently reviewed Colin Woodard s excellent history of Caribbean piracy, The Republic of Pirates, and realizing that I had name checked this book in that review, I thought it necessary to dust off an older review that I had in the can for Stephan Talty s Empire of Blue Water It s certainly a worthwhile exercise to pick up this book if, like me, you are spending some of your winter months dreaming of beaches and sand and things of a nautical nature Which reminds me, I really need to start planning this summer s trip to the coast Empire of Blue Water is a worthy addition to the canon of privateering and buccaneer histories More of a narrative account than a dry recitation of historical documentation, it maintains its momentum all the way to the end It s not a large work, but it packs a wealth of fun information inside its covers.The book covers the period from the mid to late 1600s, opening with Britain s capture of Jamaica from its Spanish settlers The taking of Jamaica was a serious blow to the Spanish Empire, rocking it to its very core, especially in light of Jamaica s advantageous geographical position in the middle of the Caribbean shipping lanes Talty follows the rise of Henry Morgan, perhaps the most famous privateer of his generation The tension rises as Morgan begins a systematic campaign of mostly state sponsored pillaging and looting of the Spanish Empire in the New World Empire of Blue Water does a good job of relating what it must have been like to be a privateer in that time To move his narrative along, Talty creates a composite character named Roderick, with the intention of giving the reader a window into the life of one such adventurer This literary trick works most of time, as the author follows Roderick through many a tight spot Roderick s life was hard one, no doubt, but the reader also gets the impression that men like Roderick wouldn t have had it any other way.The book is full of the political intrigue of the time, and it does a good job of covering the basic historical drivers in play during the period Talty s impression of the Spanish Empire is not particularly favorable, as he continually drives home the point that the Spanish political system itself was often its own worst enemy Caught in overbearing tradition and bureaucracy, the Spanish are often cast as bumblers and malcontents.It should also be noted that Morgan was a privateer, rather than a pirate His raids were done under the cover of state sponsored commissions, a detail that Morgan took very seriously, as he was at heart a man of the Crown.The book is a bit weak on source material, using a journal by John Esquemeling called Buccaneers of America as its primary source Esquemeling was a member of Morgan s crew, and his somewhat sensationalist account of what happened on those fateful voyages should be taken with a grain of salt Talty himself admits as much at various times in the book, but he liberally quotes from Esquemeling anyway Nonetheless, this is a fruitful read if you have any sort of interest in the Caribbean history of privateering.


  4. says:

    Pirates or privateers always make sensational subjects, so author Stephan Talty didn t need much embellishment to make the tale of Henry Morgan into a fast paced and thrilling book I ve read a handful of other accounts of Morgan and other privateers and found this one of the most successful renderings And while Morgan cuts a definite dash, Talty doesn t shy from making it clear that it was ruthlessness as well as leadership skills, strategic thinking, and inventiveness that led to his success Interestingly, Morgan was best operating on land, not sea, as one might assume It was his epic land based raids that assured his fame, not pitched sea battles though there is one wonderful episode involving the brilliant use of a fire ship that is the exception What I found especially interesting, however, was the how Spanish inflexibility and bureaucracy in the New World made it relatively simple for Morgan to defeat them time and again Talty s descriptions of the bizarre workings of the Spanish court, the historical background on the shifting alliances among the British, French, Spanish, and Dutch, and the details of Morgan s campaigns were all masterfully done He gave vivid accounts of both the top and bottom of the social ladder, summoning images that made, for example, death obsessed Philip IV of Spain spring to life Talty has a vivid style, too, that made listening to the tale even enjoyable.I d be remiss not to mention the reader of this audiobook, John Mayer, who not only has the ideal voice for reading such a swashbuckling tale, but who injected a certain humor and relish into the reading that struck a suitable piratical tone Mayer s pacing and reading of the text only improved upon it and were always a delight This reading is an abridged version of the book, I understand, but I can t think that reading the full text would be any improvement there are no tell tale gaps that gave away the abridgment.This was the first of what I hope will be many audio CDs downloaded from a website maintained by a state wide consortium of libraries It took some fiddling to get the files into a format that would play on my iPod, but persistence paid off It sure beats loading and ripping individual CDs checked out from my local library.


  5. says:

    I would definitely recommend this book I was surprised how much I didn t know about pirates, or at least how little is accurately described in popular culture It really is kind of a war book, mostly full of descriptions of battles and stuff, but they are interesting battles, and it s really impressive to see some of the tactics the pirates used against properly trained armies to defeat them And I can t get over how political it all was, much than criminal.Did you know that many of the pirates worked for the British government Yep they were commissioned to help take down the Spanish crown And they paid a percentage of their booty to the king.Also, they were really well organized They had insurance going into every battle that provided compensation for any big injury you might come out with If you lost a leg, you got a certain amount, an arm, another, etc. And wooden legs were worth as much as real onesbecause it was so hard to get a good one They also rewarded courage, like if you were the first one into a fortress, or the first one to raise the British flag, you got extra treasure And I also didn t know that being a captain really only referred to your status in battle on a ship everyone was equal they all slept in hammocks in the same big room there was no captain s quarters, like in Pirates of the Carribean or Peter Pan , and voted democratically about pretty much everything When they aquired a ship, they would gut it and refurbish it for their purposes, like car thiefs today So interesting


  6. says:

    Pirates and Henry Morgan as one of the better known ones, are seldom a boring read, and this fast paced biography is no exception Pirates or privateers , military strategy, the silver train , the shear brutality of the pirate life all make fascinating reading with a background of the dominant Spanish, and the English, French, Dutch and Portuguese largely playing second fiddle to them certainly in the Caribbean and the New World of Central and South America This book does well to keep up the pace, in outlining the political setting, concurrent with Morgan s life There are plenty of exciting battles, hard times, pirate loot and plenty of Morgan mocking the Spanish, who he certainly tormented for the whole of his adult life Well researched, this certainly didn t read as if it was embellished there is a large bibliography and page after page of footnotes which establish the events portrayed in the book.One of the interesting devices used in the book is the standard pirate named Roderick His background and career is described side by side with Morgan, and was useful in demonstrating how out of the ordinary Morgan s career was Roderick was nineteen years old, short five foot four being a common height in those days , English as most of Morgan s men were , and unmarried in one survey of Anglo American pirates from 1716 to 1726, only 4 percent had taken a wife He was blue eyed, lean and quite strong for his size Roderick had grown up in Dover, one of the great seaports of England, which were veritable factories for sailors and pirates He went to the docks not only out of tradition his father and grandfather had earned their living on the water, rolling into their hovels after six long months away with tales of Morocco and Corsica but because he had an itch for adventure and newness He looked with astonishment on friends who became clerks or cobblersIt goes on to describe his signing up as a sailor on a merchant ship, which is taken by pirates near Barbados, and given the option to join up Later he becomes one of Morgan s regular men, and we follow his career For me it was a very successful device.Some of the interesting parts for me were the fact Morgan was a clever military tactician, but only for land based manoeuvres he was practically a danger to himself and others in a ship He continually runs aground, treating his ships as transportation alone getting him to his battle ground The Spanish being so caught up in bureaucracy, and so concerned that if they provided too many troops to the New World they may start to think for themselves, and stop transporting the riches back to Spain They effectively made it impossible to successfully defend against Morgan and his ilk, who were really only limited by the pirates themselves, and their inability to maintain a long term fighting force.Four stars from me.


  7. says:

    This book will challenge everything you ve learned about pirates from the movies Real pirates were brutal, less well dressed, and drunker than in any movie They were also utterly profligate, which attributed to their demise as much as the iron fist of any government.One of the most enlightening aspects of Blue Water has to be the analysis of shocking level of ineptitude with which Spain administered her colonies Without the non contribution of the Spanish, the pirates would have had a much harder time of achieving the successes that they did in the Caribbean Satisfying read for this history buff.


  8. says:

    It is rare to find a history book which utilizes a narrative style that so immediate and engrossing as well as inclusive of satisfactory historical and cultural background to make sense of the topic Talty s prose has the cinematic quality of a good novel that does not hesitate to inform as it entertains A book worthy of its subject the lost era of the real pirates of the Caribbean and the formerly shadowy figure of Sir Henry Morgan is this the rum s namesake I cannot recommend this enough as biography, history, and sheer escapism at its best The final chapter on the Port Royal earthquake of 1692 reads as an almost Homeric coda and was worth reading as much as the entire book itself.


  9. says:

    Such a fantastic historical account of the truth behind Captain Morgan and his bloody pirates Not for the faint of heart Highly recommend My Rating 5 stars


  10. says:

    There is a tv commercial in which an elaborately dressed Henry Morgan is drinking among friends at a fancy party a serving girl spills a glass of wine and cringes, thinking she will be whipped But in an act of mercy and perhaps even democratic flair, Morgan pushes over his glass and encourages all his guests to do the same thing Not knowing anything about Morgan except seeing his name on the Captain Morgan rum billboards, I wanted to discover about him I didn t realize he was a real person hired as a privateer by the English in Jamaica to steal from and harass the Spanish as they shipped silver, gold, and jewels from their South American colonies back to Spain He never considered himself a pirate, but an employee of the English government On his first voyage, he wasn t ruthless enough, and it came back to bite him So he then indulged in the cruelties associated with pirating, and his reputation was enough to drive the Spanish out of their forts long before he arrived It was interesting to note the historical events happening the corruption of the priests sent to Christianize the Jamaicans, the health issues of the Spanish crown stemming from too much interbreeding in the monarchy, the overextension of the Spanish empire and their inability to maintain their territories, the authoritative and patriarchal society of the Spanish that led to lack of commitment among the soldiers, under arming of their forts and navies all things that contributed to the downfall of the Spanish and victories of the English It was also interesting to note the democratic ways of the pirates they all agreed about where to attack, the captain pulled his weight with chores on the ships, the breakdown of wages and loot to the participants on the raids, and even the medical coverage provided set amounts of were awarded for various injuries including loss of limbs, eyes, etc Despite the glamor of the pirate life as portrayed in Hollywood films, it sounds like a difficult life they often ate leather to calm starving stomachs when they ran out of food they slept out in the open on trips and in alleyways celebrating in drunken stupors when they returned home with their ill gotten loot Fighting the insects and disease must have been horrible It was interesting that when the English signed a peace treaty with Spain that Morgan turned to business and agriculture, leaving his pirating days behind Interesting also that at his death, an amnesty was declared and anyone was allowed into Port Royal for his funeral, which was attended by many of his former adventurers The book ends describing the tremendous earthquake that hit Port Royal on June 7, 1692 that destroyed 90% of the town and killed 70% of the people Scientists believe that it was of a 10 11 magnitude, enough to turn the sand into a river that swallowed up people and buildings alike, shook Morgan s coffin out of the ground, caused tremendous tsunamis to sweep over the town, and caused shops to sink 18 30 feet under the water The city was never rebuilt Such ended the town and the history of the man who played such an important role in its development I enjoyed the author s style, for though this was basically a history book, it read like a novel The descriptions made things come alive, and you definitely felt like you were there.