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Captain Luke Ryan, Irish Swashbuckler, American Patriot, Mariner Extraodinaire – Benjamin Franklin’s Most Dangerous Privateer

What better tribute can a soldier ask for than one given by his enemy? Here is what the English had to say about Ryan at his death: “… [Ryan] did more injury to the trade of these kingdoms than any single commander ever did.” (The Gentleman’s Magazine: For June 1789 (under Obituary of considerable Persons; with Biographical Anecdotes).)

Based on the real-life, extraordinary exploits of Captain Luke Ryan, here is an epic, little known story of adventure, war, heroism, love, intrigue and betrayal. Ryan, a common smuggler, turned to privateering and ultimately inflicted more damage to British maritime interests during America’s War of Independence than his more famous counterpart, John Paul Jones. This brilliant, fearless and flamboyant warrior’s story is told in three books, Gather the Shadowmen (The Lords of the Ocean), Prince of the Atlantic and Napoleon’s Gold.

In Gather the Shadowmen, as the brutal war between the American Colonies and Great Britain drags on, a 25-year-old Irishman named Luke Ryan is the master of the fastest ship on the water, the Black Prince. Ryan runs a very profitable smuggling trade between Dunkirk and Dublin and is indifferent to the war until one day the British seize his ship and toss his men into Dublin’s notorious Black Dog. By luck, Ryan is on shore and avoids capture. He waits for midnight, breaks his men out of jail and then they retake their ship by force. The Irishmen, now fugitives with prices on their heads, sail off to France to offer their services to an American named Benjamin Franklin…

In Prince of the Atlantic, the American’s are losing their life and death struggle against Great Britain for independence and they are losing badly. Their rag-tag armies are in retreat. Their small navy has been swept from the seas. The fate of a fragile nation, the fate of the Revolution, hangs by a thread. In walks Ryan with his fast ships and iron men eager to fight the British for their own reasons and before the Irishmen are finished, they will capture or destroy over 100 British ships, take hundreds of prisoners and invade a number of English and Scottish towns – tying down precious military resources and causing financial panic in London. Ryan’s reign of terror suddenly ends after he is betrayed. He is taken to London in chains to be tried for treason and piracy in the same court where the infamous pirate Captain William Kidd was convicted 80 years earlier and then, like Kidd, he will hang.

In Napoleon’s Gold, Ryan is tried and convicted and sentenced to death. But an admirer of the young mariner, Queen Marie Antoinette of France, pleads for his life and King George agrees to commute Ryan’s sentence to imprisonment. After the war, Ryan is released and returns to France but he has no ship, no crew and no money. Prospects seem grim until one day Ryan meets a promising entrepreneur named Joseph Bonaparte and his younger brother, a major in the French Army named Napoleon… The two ambitious brothers crave wealth and power and believe in Ryan that they have found a useful pawn..


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The Butcher’s Daughter, A Journey Between Worlds

Swashbuckler, Adventurer – the Queen’s Privateer

In an age ruled by iron men, in a world of new discovery and Spanish gold, a young Irishwoman named Mary rises from the ashes of her broken childhood with ships and men-at-arms under her command. She and her loyal crew prowl the Caribbean and prosper in the New World for a time until the ugly past Mary has fled from in the old one finds her.

Across the great ocean to the east, war is coming. The King of Spain is assembling the most powerful armada the world has ever seen – an enormous beast – to invade England and depose the Protestant “heretic queen.” To have any chance against the wealth and might of Spain, England will need every warship, she will need every able captain. To this purpose, Queen Elizabeth spares Mary from the headman’s axe for past sins in exchange for her loyalty, her ships and men.

Based on true historical events, this is a tale about war, adventure, love and betrayal. This is a story about vengeance, this is a tale of heartbreak…

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