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Thursday, July 18, 2013
a pirate novel.
In Cinnamon and Gunpowder, author Eli Brown has created quite the protagonist in renowned Chef Owen Wedgewood who goes from an arrogant man with a superior attitude to peg-legged pirate after he is kidnapped by the menace (and female) Captain Mad Hannah Mabbot. Set in 1819 and told from the perspective of Wedgewood himself, the story continues as he lives on the ship and is assigned to cook Captain Mabbot a fancy meal each Sunday, which he refuses as he plots his escape. Over time, as Wedgewood becomes acquainted with this motley crew, his negative view of pirates is challenged as he is confronted with the harsh realities of the opium trade, child prostitution, and slavery, all of which Captain Mabbot and her crew are working to abolish. Brown has created a humorous and adventurous pirate tale that makes his main character AND his readers question if good and evil is as clear as black and white.