The book is quite informative if you are really into pirate history and activities. My opinion though it that the exploits of Kidd were overshadowed by so many others and especially minutia. If one wants to know more than the average person of piracy and privateering of that era, get the book. My bottom line assessment is that it is much to long, especially considering the ultimate end.
Seems like exactly what a book-on-CD should be. Interesting subject, well written and read. Long series but I am engaged enough to want to finish it.
I've never been one to be passionate about pirates. However, after reading Master and Commander, I decided to give this book a try. Boy, was I surprised. This book is fantasticly written and excellently narrated. Captain Kidd's story is truly remarkable and Richard Zack's painstaking retelling from the ostracized captain's view is gripping. It had me reluctant to leave the car when I finally got to work.I highly recommend this book if you are interested in maritime history.
Richard Zacks spent more than three years researching The Pirate Hunter, including months at the Public Record Office in London (where he found a pirate prisoner's long-lost diary). Zacks is the author of two previous books of unusual research: the bestselling History Laid Bare and perennial book club favorite An Underground Education. He lives in Pelham, New York.