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Jolie Rouge: A Swashbuckling Tale of Adventure and Intrigue

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ISBN: 9781457542091
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In 1721, Bartholomew Roberts was at the pinnacle of his career as a rogue captain aboard the Royal Fortune. On the horizon, he spies the HMS Frizzington and her escorts sailing to Jamaica with supplies for a sugar plantation. With resounding conviction, Roberts vanquishes the hapless English, confirming his standing as the greatest pirate in the Golden Age of Piracy.

Three centuries later, a group of college friends reunite for a week of treasure hunting in the southern Bahamas, where their path inexplicably crosses Roberts’ storied past. Danger befalls them when the friends are abducted at sea and entangled in a ring of international piracy from which there seems no escape.


About Rick Ley

Rick Ley is an independent environmental consultant who works from his home office in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Rick has a Master of Environmental Science degree from Miami University and an undergraduate degree in geology from Waynesburg College. Rick enjoys hockey, fishing, and vacationing at the family cabin located on the Allegheny River in Northwestern Pennsylvania.



Dawn at sea. As the last slivers of morning’s twilight silver gave way to the soft orange glow of the coming sun, Bartholomew Roberts stood in silence from the bowsprit at the fore end of the Royal Fortune, scanning the horizon, deep in thought. Beneath him the bow of the 42-cannon brig rose and fell in a rhythmic cadence created by rolling, 2-foot swells. Feeling the soft, salt-air breeze pick up slightly, the ship’s captain looked skyward, first to his lookouts high in the rigging and then to the sails themselves. There the men stood in silhouette on silent watch from precarious perches while the sail cloth rippled gainfully, suggesting that the wind above was sufficiently robust to keep the great ship and her escorts on their current heading.


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