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J.M. Aucoin has an obvious love of classic pirate tales and swashbuckling adventures, and it shows in his debut short story. We've got quite the rogues' gallery of characters, and the author is able to fill his scenes with rich historical flavor.
Although this story is a little light on swordplay, there's plenty of tension and drama, and some great character development. By the end of the story, there's definitely enough here to whet our appetites for more of Jake Hawking and the crew of the Night Howl.
I've read the next short story in this series - a great "caper" of sorts - and I know there's a third story written already that I hope to read soon. Justin also has a historical novel currently being edited; hopefully we'll see it sometime in the next year.