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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: The Sea Leopard by M. Kei

The Sea Leopard: A Pirates of the Narrow Seas Adventure by M. Kei
Bisexual Historical Fiction
Series: Pirates of the Narrow Seas
Paperback: 222 pages
Publisher: Keibooks (October 15, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0692228071
ISBN-13: 978-0692228074
Amazon: The Sea Leopard: A Pirates of the Narrow Seas Adventure
Amazon Kindle: The Sea Leopard: A Pirates of the Narrow Seas Adventure

Isam Rais, captain of the xebec, ‘Sea Leopard,’ is on a swashbuckling adventure in the Mediterranean Sea. Battling unfriendly allies as much as his enemies, he plays a deadly game of cat and mouse with a much more powerful frigate, only to see victory snatched from his grasp by the resolution of the opposing captain. In debt and needing to repair his fortunes, he accepts a dangerous commission from the Dey of the Sallee Republic to hunt pirates—Muslim pirates—disloyal to the country that gives them refuge. Isam finds himself on the unpopular side in a battle of corsair against corsair. In the midst of storm and bloodshed, he is rescued by a mysterious veiled woman in a fateful meeting that will change his life forever.


This pirate tale is one of authenticity and chock full of action. One could put it on a par with C.S. Forester’s Horatio Hornblower series and Rafael Sabatini’s Sea Hawk and Captain Blood (if either of those two authors had Gay characters). The writing is masterly, the character’s full, the action page-turning. This is the kind of book that GLBT readers have always wanted to read about—their place in the history of adventure.

Suspenseful, swashbuckling adventure story!


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