- Title: The Virtual Pirate, Elizabeth Latimer Pirate Hunter, (novella prequel to series)
- Author: Deborah Cannon
- Genre: Adventure
- Audience: Teenagers, Young Adults & The Young At Heart
- Pages: 105
- Sold By: Amazon Digital Services, Inc. (November 12, 2013)
- ASIN: B00F2OUY1Y
About The Author: Deborah Cannon has been fascinated with legends and myths all her life. This fascination led to careers as an archaeologist, museologist, illustrator and writer. She wrote the Raven Chronicles Series, archaeological thrillers, probably her best known work, which were inspired by mythology and the idea of inherited memories. She has started a new series of which the book in review is the prequel: The Virtual Pirate, The Pirate Vortex and The Jade Pirate. Her inspiration? Legendary pirates particularly one legendary love story of the pirate Princess Alwilda of Sweden and Alf the Prince of Denmark. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Awilda
About The Story: The story takes place in Vancouver, BC. Main characters are Elizabeth Latimer and ‘ShadowFencer’. Elizabeth is a 14-year old who is very adept with blogging and the social media along with fencing. Her blog, which is her passion, deals with pirates and pirate history. Her parents have always been involved in archeology and pirate treasure excavation and it appears that Elizabeth and sister have caught the bug. She had books and books of pirate stories and legends in her bedroom. When her high school was celebrating Talk-Like-a-Pirate Day, strange things began to happen that just didn’t add up. Who was ShadowFencer who seemed to know everything about her? And why was she hearing what the parrot was saying in her head? And where did this guy who called himself Prince Alf come from? Did he think he was Prince Alf of Denmark from the 5th century? Either she was going insane or the world was become crazier.
My Thoughts: I remember my children watching cartoons in the morning with they were in high school. I thought they were crazy at the time, but my ideas have changed. I believe anyone young at heart can and will enjoy a young adult novel AND cartoons! I gravitate to them more than I care to admit. (However, it appears that I’m admitting!) That being said, I enjoyed this bit of lark. I learned some social media acronyms from the spunky Elizabeth, too.
I never like to read the first chapter of the next book which many authors put at the end of their story as a teaser to their new book. Well, I did. Darn it all! Now I’m on the hook to read the next one. It was light-hearted and adventurous in spirit and frankly extremely entertaining. So Deborah Cannon looks like she has a fun series to write and for us young spirited readers to read!