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A swashbuckling romance set in a historical time. The first sentence sets the tone for the swashbuckling fun to come: “The late afternoon sun made a white splendor of the city that lay sprawled across the low, sloping sands of the African coast.” You’ll be drawn into an exciting world of pirates, harem beauties, sword fights and ships at sea. Barbary Slave is fun. After be A swashbuckling romance set in a historical time. The first sentence sets the tone for the swashbuckling fun to come: “The late afternoon sun made a white splendor of the city that lay sprawled across the low, sloping sands of the African coast.” You’ll be drawn into an exciting world of pirates, harem beauties, sword fights and ships at sea. Barbary Slave is fun. After being captured by pirates, Stephen Fletcher is enslaved and given the daunting task of protecting the queen and the other girls in the harem. But the queen, Marlani Chamiprak, lusts after Fletcher. She taunts him, forces him to watch her and the other harem girls bathing, fanning the flames of his strong desire. Meanwhile, Fletcher plots his escape after learning there may be American frigates off the coast of Tripoli. Knowing that cavorting with Marlani or any of the girls will mean certain death, Fletcher is careful to keep his boiling passion in check. But then an enslaved American girl named Eve Doremus is brought into the harem and Fletcher falls for her voluptuous charms. Intent on securing freedom for them both, Fletcher plans carefully for the day he can strike back and win their freedom. With enough action to counter-balance the sinewy romance and harem intrigue, the plot boils over at times before gasping toward its conclusion. This was a great old paperback to read, and it lives up to its cover blurb: “Passion and Plunder Rule a Pagan Land!” The great Gardner Fox wrote Barbary Slave under the Kevin Matthews pseudonym. - Thomas McNulty


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A swashbuckling romance set in a historical time. The first sentence sets the tone for the swashbuckling fun to come: “The late afternoon sun made a white splendor of the city that lay sprawled across the low, sloping sands of the African coast.” You’ll be drawn into an exciting world of pirates, harem beauties, sword fights and ships at sea. Barbary Slave is fun. After be A swashbuckling romance set in a historical time. The first sentence sets the tone for the swashbuckling fun to come: “The late afternoon sun made a white splendor of the city that lay sprawled across the low, sloping sands of the African coast.” You’ll be drawn into an exciting world of pirates, harem beauties, sword fights and ships at sea. Barbary Slave is fun. After being captured by pirates, Stephen Fletcher is enslaved and given the daunting task of protecting the queen and the other girls in the harem. But the queen, Marlani Chamiprak, lusts after Fletcher. She taunts him, forces him to watch her and the other harem girls bathing, fanning the flames of his strong desire. Meanwhile, Fletcher plots his escape after learning there may be American frigates off the coast of Tripoli. Knowing that cavorting with Marlani or any of the girls will mean certain death, Fletcher is careful to keep his boiling passion in check. But then an enslaved American girl named Eve Doremus is brought into the harem and Fletcher falls for her voluptuous charms. Intent on securing freedom for them both, Fletcher plans carefully for the day he can strike back and win their freedom. With enough action to counter-balance the sinewy romance and harem intrigue, the plot boils over at times before gasping toward its conclusion. This was a great old paperback to read, and it lives up to its cover blurb: “Passion and Plunder Rule a Pagan Land!” The great Gardner Fox wrote Barbary Slave under the Kevin Matthews pseudonym. - Thomas McNulty

30 review for Barbary Slave: A Swashbuckling Romance in historical fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Phil

    Set in and around Tripoli in 1805, this swashbuckling adventure is about Stephen Fletcher, a United States Marine captured by corsairs and sold into slavery. After a chance encounter with the pasha of the city in which Fletcher exhibits bravery and martial prowess, he finds himself working as a harem guard, surrounded by beautiful women it is death to touch. He finds himself tempted by the exotic and lustful Marlani, the pasha's favorite consort, but his situation is complicated even further by Set in and around Tripoli in 1805, this swashbuckling adventure is about Stephen Fletcher, a United States Marine captured by corsairs and sold into slavery. After a chance encounter with the pasha of the city in which Fletcher exhibits bravery and martial prowess, he finds himself working as a harem guard, surrounded by beautiful women it is death to touch. He finds himself tempted by the exotic and lustful Marlani, the pasha's favorite consort, but his situation is complicated even further by the sudden addition of an American girl to the harem. I wasn't sure what to expect, given that Gardner Fox also wrote a lot of fairly explicit erotica under various pseudonyms, but (unfortunately?) this story was much less salacious than the premise suggests. In fact, with its swashbuckling sword fights, decadent royalty, and love-driven heroics, this book reminded me a great deal of Edgar Rice Burroughs. The story is fast-paced and action-packed. There's a bit of reliance on coincidences and dei ex machina, but that's not unusual for this variety of story. Recommended for historical adventure fans.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Wytzia Raspe

    This week I found out that an old paperback novel had been digitalised and published online. Although the cover and the title suggest a lovestory for women it is an adventure novel with a male hero. Remember in the old days a romance was a romanza, an epic adventure by a hero. The hero in this story is American lieutenant Stephen Fletcher of the Marines. When the naval ship he was posted on ran around in the sight of Tripoli during the US-Barbary states war in the beginning of the 19th century he This week I found out that an old paperback novel had been digitalised and published online. Although the cover and the title suggest a lovestory for women it is an adventure novel with a male hero. Remember in the old days a romance was a romanza, an epic adventure by a hero. The hero in this story is American lieutenant Stephen Fletcher of the Marines. When the naval ship he was posted on ran around in the sight of Tripoli during the US-Barbary states war in the beginning of the 19th century he is captured and sold as a slave in Tripoli. When people discover he is a magnificent sword fighter he is bought by the pasha to guard the palace. The bash kedin, the chief wife of the ruler has other plans for him that might easily cost him his life. In the meantime someone is plotting to overthrow the pasha, has the pasha some secret warplans against the Americans, a woman needs saving and is an American fleet ready to attack the city. The novel reminded me of the Hornblower books. Very well written. Good worldbuilding. He more or less paints the scenery for you. Then I found out the writer had worked in the comic books industry. Amazon explains:" Gardner Francis Fox (1911 to 1986) was a wordsmith. He formerly was schooled as a lawyer. Rerouted by the depression, he joined the comic book industry in 1937. Writing and creating for the soon to be DC comics. Mr. Fox set out to create such iconic characters as the Flash and Hawkman. He is also known for inventing Batman‘s utility belt and the multi-verse concept.At the same time, he was writing for comic books, and he also contributed heavily to the paperback novel industry. Mr. Fox wrote in all of the genres; westerns, historical romance, sword & sorcery, intergalactic adventures, and even erotica." a 5 star http://www.dutchysbookreviewsandfreeb...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Don Svedberg

    Good job Kevin! Your story has many similarities in style to Wilbur Smith and Clive Cussler. A huge compliment in itself. My 2 favorite authors of adventure of all time. Will buy other of your works. Thanx

  4. 4 out of 5

    Barry

    A tremendous book of the Americans against the Tripoly pirates. Almost all action as an Anerican leuitenant slave helps to over throw the Tripoly soldiers and shows the teeth of America rather than the tribute demanded of everyone else. A great book

  5. 4 out of 5

    Frank E Hanson

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kurt

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mr G TAMBLYN

  8. 4 out of 5

    joan moses

  9. 5 out of 5

    John Bailey

  10. 4 out of 5

    Anders

  11. 4 out of 5

    Randy Harmelink

  12. 5 out of 5

    BookishBelle

  13. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jamila

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jason

  16. 5 out of 5

    Richard

  17. 4 out of 5

    charles hollander

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tom Simon

  19. 4 out of 5

    Chris Jackson

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

  21. 5 out of 5

    Marty Brett

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rubia La Faye

  23. 4 out of 5

    Phrodrick

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mary

  25. 4 out of 5

    emett holloway barfield III

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rahmat

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cfkarlene

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dave

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*

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