Kate Dolan's pirate novel Avery's TreasureAvery’s Treasure

A search for the legendary treasure of Henry Avery leads a gang of pirates, adventurers and one nervous missionary on the chase of a lifetime…

Arleigh Avery is not afraid of pirates.

Growing up on the Bahamian island of Providence, she often heard stories of the fabulous treasures of the Gang-i-sawai, the Great Mogul’s treasure ship plundered by her pirate father in the Red Sea years before. No one knows what became of the treasure, and her father will never speak of it. Were the gold and jewels taken from him? Lost? Spent?

Or has he hidden them somewhere?

When her father hears that England has sent a governor to Providence to bring order to the unruly island, he immediately makes plans to send her away, saying he fears increasing violence among the pirates. But Arleigh is not afraid of pirates. Though they land in Nassau all blustery and full of show, she knows they can be easily bent to her will with a tankard of rum and a little feminine persuasion.

Arleigh is not afraid of pirates. But she should be.

Because when she decides that setting sail with pirate Charles Vane is the best way to find her father’s hidden treasure, the pirates show their true colors. And though she hopes to keep the treasure all for herself, the time will come when she will welcome all the help she can get.

Historical escapades of real pirates Henry Avery, Charles Vane, Calico Jack Rackam and Edward Teach—better known as Blackbeard—are woven into this tale of adventure, betrayal, trust, and love.

The Story Behind the Story:

Johnson's History of Pyrates used in Avery's Treasure

I’m not sure why I find pirates so fascinating because really, they weren’t very nice guys. At best, they were selfish, dirty and cheap–in other words, really bad date material. Yet they’re a classic archetype in romance novels. Why? Because novels are fiction.

I think Americans in particular like pirates because they thwart convention and subvert authority. They’re rebellious in every sense of the word, and they invented casual Fridays.

When I felt like I was finally ready as a writer to take on a full-length novel, it was the concept of a pirate story that got me started after seeing the Pirate House restaurant in Savannah, Georgia. The more I researched 18th Century piracy, however, the more I realized it didn’t quite fit the story I had concocted around it. So the pirates got shoved to the back of my mind, only to reappear several years later when I was visiting the Savannah area again. (I’m not sure why since Savannah in not actually in either story and the Pirate House restaurant actually has nothing to do with pirates.)

Although Avery’s Treasure is the sequel to Langley’s Choice, the books tell very different stories in very different settings. For this book, I researched pirates to my heart’s content and even visited Nassau to get a feel for the island where so many pirates felt at home. The book I relied on most was A General History of Pyrates ostensibly authored by “Captain Charles Johnson” but in actuality written by Daniel Defoe of Robinson Crusoe fame. Later historians may disagree with some of his assertions, but I give him credit for writing almost contemporaneous accounts of these hooligans, and doing so in a very entertaining manner. I also recommend David Cordingly’s Under the Black Flag, Benerson Little’s The Sea Rover’s Practice and Blackbeard the Pirate by Robert E. Lee.

I hope you enjoy reading Avery’s Treasure as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Reviews:

“Avery’s Treasure is a riveting tale of historical fiction, sure to please.”
–Midwest Book Review

“…some unexpected pairings, a bit of Treasure Island excitement, entertaining friendship and high adventure.”
–Molly Martin, The Compulsive Reader

…”romance” in the nineteenth century sense, in the subject matter of authors such as H. Rider Haggard and Robert Louis Stevenson… I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end. I only hope that Kate Dolan continues to write more historical romances from this perspective of high adventure. You can be sure I’ll have my hand out to eagerly grab the next one. Well Done!!!”
–Janie Franz, MyShelf.com

“Dolan’s research into the Golden Age of Piracy is evident throughout this adventure. Pirates abound, and the imaginary situations that bring those from history together are realistically portrayed. Avery’s Treasure is a tale with serpentine twists and turns where dreams do come true, but not always in the ways we expect.”
— Cindy Vallar, Editor of Pirates and Privateers

Favorite quote:

“Honest pursuits have led me to nothing but disgrace and ruin.”

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Historical Information and Other Background on this Book:

Psychoanalysis of Blackbeard

Unlocking clues from a pile of stones: the shipwreck on Molasses Reef

Talk like a what?

Pink prison