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RB: The Widow Maker
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Publisher:  PublishAmerica ISBN-10:  1588513785 Type: 


Copyright:  May 1 2001

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See the pirate world through the frightened eyes of Aubrey Malone.

In this first book of the RB trilogy, Aubrey Malone ran away from her uncle and booked passage on a ship bound for Africa, the one place she was sure no one would ever find her. Crossing the path of a pirate ship while in route, Aubrey soon found herself the sole survivor...and the prize of the pirate captain.

Jean Luc was her champion on the pirate ship. Through storms and fights he protected her, even so far as to go against his captain. He could never have known the consequences that would befall him.
Beaufort turned back to Jean Luc and sneered, "You go to hell. She is just his sweet candy right now, soon he will turn her over to us and we will all have a taste."

"Believe what you like, Beaufort," Jean Luc said with an unfriendly smile.

"Thomas, Jean Luc is right. The captain would cut you to the quick if you touched her," LaVoie warned.

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PIRATE ADVENTURES FROM THE DISTAFF SIDE by Christine Lampe, Editor of the bi-monthly newsletter, No Quarter Given
With an overly exaggerated sigh, Black asked, What do you want, ??

You, dead? she answered quietly.

Well, I hadn't planned to review this book until next issue, for I thought I hadn't the time. The book came just a few days before deadline. But during a free moment I started in on it, ... and after a few chapters, was hooked. Instead of working on editing this issue of NQG, I couldn't put the book down. It starts out as a typical "guilty pleasure" piratical bodice ripper, though with a rather timid mouse of a heroine, instead of the usual feisty, brave heroine. Now 19 year old Aubrey Malone is impulsive, which leads her into her predicaments, and occasionally her Irish temper and brogue can be induced to erupt out of her, but for the first part of the story I was not very much in sympathy with her. She tends to hide, kick and pout a lot, reminding me of a young Shirley Temple. And she sounds anorexic, refusing food all the time. The pirate captain, Rene Black, who takes Aubrey as "his woman" after claiming her from a merchant ship, is not your typical bodice-ripper pirate hero. Dark, moody, and haunted, as many romance heroes are, he is also physically and emotionally abusive to Aubrey. Or, is the hero another man, Jean Luc, who lurks in the shadow of his captain? I was out of patience with both of these men as potential heroes. Though in love with Aubrey, Jean Luc does not properly protect her, leaving her in many situations that could turn ugly, but luckily don't, until everything blows up around them. I was disappointed in him that he wasn't a stronger champion. So ... woman-abusing captain, or rather cowardly lover ... who was going to be the true hero of this story? Would Capt. Black develop a conscience and sense of honor, and fall in love with Aubrey? But he is haunted by shadows of the past, and a dark tempestuous woman he can't forget. Or would Jean Luc finally get a stronger backbone and stand up to his captain. Would Aubrey finally grow up, and perhaps save herself? Though I was exasperated with these flawed main characters, something in the story kept pulling me along. There were hints that not all was as it seemed, along with innovative twists, unusual situations, and outright humourous scenes. And I got the feeling that author C.C. Colee was even making fun of the usual bodice ripper stereotypes. Then about half way through the story, it started to grow into more of an action/adventure story. Rumours of a mysterious female pirate captain reach Rene's ship, the Widow Maker. Rivalry and tension between the two pirate crews, and the interfering British navy take the story on a quite different bent. Aubrey exasperatedly sighs "More pirates!" For her, it is out of the frying pan and into the fire. But the story gets even more interesting towards the end. ..., there are very few glaring nautical errors, though I doubt ships just come and go as quickly as they do in this book, and few, if any, captains' cabins actually have room for a settee. Though no POB novel, there is fighting action both at sea and land. The worst fault of this book is that on the last page it says, To be continued? Just as things were really getting exciting! Now, C.C. Colee - you had better hurry up with that next book. The female readership of NQG is probably not one you would want to anger by making them wait. I doubt they are as weak and timid as Aubrey was at the beginning of your story.

A review by Denise Clark, Road to Romance
Aubrey Malone runs away from an abusive situation in her uncle's home and boards the Gull, a ship bound for Africa, where she hopes to rise above present circumstances. She has no idea that Jean Luc Pierne a secret admirer, has 'aided' her endeavor by planning an elaborate ruse and kidnapping that will make her his own. Unfortunately, the Gull is pounced upon by The Widow Maker, a pirate ship captained by the notorious Rene Black. Circumstances prevent Jean Luc Pierne, the pirate ship's quartermaster, from claiming her as his own. Taken aboard and claimed by the captain instead, Aubrey endures fear and uncertainty as the pirate ship sails for distant shores. Rene claims Aubrey as his, unaware that Jean Luc wants her as well and the two friends must ultimately make a choice. It's been a long time since I've read a 'pirate adventure', and I'm glad I did. The past came alive as I read this exciting tale of The Widow Maker, a well written, adventurous read, the plot well-calculated and researched. The characters proved both entertaining and complex, and Rene and Jean Luc provide a unique opportunity to root for the 'bad guys'. Rene's personality explores a stubborn reluctance to let go of a continuing grief from his past while Jean Luc must deal with his frustration while Aubrey is the captain's 'guest'. Aubrey, though appearing a bit cowed in the beginning, discovers a growing sense of strength and determination as the plot unfolds and grows attracted to Jean Luc, which provides for a dangerous and potentially explosive situation. RB: The Widow Maker is the first installment of a trilogy, and this reader anxiously awaits the release of the second chapter of this continuing adventure, titled "The Enchantress". I need to find out what's happened to Jean Luc, Rene and Aubrey... and am intrigued by the introduction of Mala, a female pirate captain who seeks revenge against Rene...ah, it's too bad patience has never been one of my virtues.....

Shirley Johnson, Midwest Book Review
I was glad when I was asked to review the first installation of a trilogy, R.B., The Widow Maker, by C.C. Colee. I read and reviewed The Enchantress and greatly enjoyed the novel. The Widow Maker gave added insight to the characters that I had become so involved with in trilogy two. Reading firsthand of the horrible life that Aubrey was living with her Uncle help me to understand her better. The thought of being with the men that her Uncle wanted her to marry actually made my skin crawl. No wonder she ran away and booked passage on the Gull to go to Africa. I would have run too! Unfortunately the ship was taken over by the notorious pirate Rene Black and Aubrey found herself thrust into the world of Rene and his pirates on his ship, The Widow Maker. Aubrey was marked as his woman and began to learn the meanings of the words, fear, courage, and love. I was glad to see that she had spunk , knowing what she would face in the story ahead. Learning more about Rene and Mala (the true love of his life) made my heart more tender towards them. I am a romantic and want the love that they once shared to bloom forever! Also, learning about Jean Luc Pierne and his love for Aubrey helped to put the feeling of Mr. Alcott from book two for Aubrey, in more of a perspective. Now I can't decide who I want her to love! Not fair! RB The Widow Maker is an excellent pirate, romance adventurous book. Drawing you into the story and the lives of the characters and making you want to know what happens next. All of your emotions will tingle as you read this novel. Love, fear, hate, anger, and yes, even compassion, will bubble up inside of you, as you watch their lives unfold. The first book of this trilogy bleeds into the second, yet, in my opinion each can stand alone. This is a good mark for a trilogy and makes for an excellent read. If you have not sunk your teeth into these novels, I would highly recommend that you do. I look forward to the ending and only hope that it plays out the way I want it to. I love a happy ending!

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Reader Reviews for "RB: The Widow Maker"

Reviewed by Dinah Roseberry 2/22/2003
Who says that a romance story can’t have swashbuckling action?! Certainly not C. C. Colee with this cleverly written look at pirates and love in distress! A ruse of kidnapping, the entanglement of jealousy and the threat of revenge -- explosive adventure on the high seas! Don’t miss it!
Reviewed by Jessie from Alpharetta, GA 7/30/2002
This first book of the trilogy was absolutely wonderful! It was as if the two women who make up the author C.C. Colee was sitting before me and telling me this story. You know how you will sit in a movie theatre and laugh or get teary-eyed or let out an "oh no" because of something happening? Well, you will definitely have those moments with this book. From Aubrey's escape from her uncle to falling into the hands of pirates and feeling all of her emotions, you will be doing all those reactions. I can't wait to see what happens next in the second book, RB: The Enchantress!
Reviewed by Lynn Barry 3/29/2002
I felt a bit seasick at times while reading Widow Maker. That is a high compliment to the co-authors who make up C.C. Colee, the ones who penned this well written seafaring tale aboard a pirate ship. Main character Aubrey sums up her plight in life when she says,"Why did I not stay in England? Perhaps a fixed marriage would not have been quite so bad after all." She refers here to running away from an oppressed existence and ending up on the pirate ship Widow Maker. But readers, don't fret; she also adds, "If only one of them had been half as handsome and dashing as these two here." The reader will be exposed to French speaking passengers, hopeful paramours for Aubrey, and shipstyle living.The voyage only begins in this book, with two books in the trilogy to follow.Good job, authors!
Reviewed by Maxine Rhoads from Quarryville, PA 2/26/2002
I initially read this book as a friend had written it and asked me to read her book. I wasn't sure what I was in for, as I love to read and get lost in a story, but I get bored easily. I have always been interested in the many pirates that ravaged the seas, so this book peaked my interest. I have spent many a summer at Cape Hatteras, a haven for pirates. So I have wiled away many hours dreaming of pirates and their escapades.
The story is well written. It not only moves along at a brisk pace, but peaks your interest over and over again. The combination of the dreams of a young lady and the adventure of the high seas has been captured quite well. The young lady finds more than she is prepared for when she plots her escape from her enterprising uncle. She is helped to board a ship, and unwittingly sets out for the adventure of her life. The allure of a romance with a dark and handsome knight( i.e. pirate), who doesn't ride up on a white horse, but on a sleek ship, nets her heart . . . or does it. I was truly impressed with the research that had gone into the writing of this book, as the history of era as well as the black guards of the day were impressive, yet was woven into the story in such a way, that you were caught up in the moment. Great read, hard to put down and can't wait for the next in the series.
Reviewed by Amber D. Anderson from North East, Maryland 2/26/2002
Looking forward to the next book!

This book was one that had characters that you could relate to. In my reading, I felt like I was living right along side of Aubrey and I was on the adventure with her. This is a book that I am definately recommending to my friends who read and I am looking forward to the second and third books in this trilogy.
Reviewed by Betsy from Antwerp, Belgium 2/19/2002
Adventure and Romance

It's a book full of high tension and adventure. I was swept along as Aubrey set out on a new life. The story is as wild as the sea with as many twist and turns as waves in the sea. The pirates strike fear in your hearts and have you looking around when you visit the sea side.
Reviewed by R.J.Crossan, ABFCS USNR/RET. 2/12/2002
After reading but only a few chapters of "WIDOW" I knew it was one of those books not to be put down. The story line keeps the reader interested as to the outcome of various situations, from England to Bimini. Though fictional in character, this work shows a huge amount of research done, to be as accurate as it is. The series is one that all whom are interested in the sea, pirates and history will want to have in their collection. I eagerly look forward to the release of the ENCHANTRESS, along with the final one, "?" . Keep writing, there's more to write regarding the history of the buccaneer's way of life.
Reviewed by Cathy from South Carolina 2/11/2002
What a delightful journey to take.....I was enthralled to 'accompany' Aubrey in this adventure...the things she saw, the experiences she endured, and the feelings she had as they unfolded. Chris and Cody did a wonderful job of keeping you spell-bound as you turn the pages, wondering what was in store for Aubrey... I found myself going from holding my breath, to letting out sighs of relief. I could 'hear' the creaking of the ship, the lapping of the water, and clap of the sails! I can't wait to take the next adventure!
Reviewed by Jack Rosenkrans 2/7/2002
Excellent Reading!
RB: The Widow Maker was very interesting to read. It is written in a way that allows your imagination to make you think you were a part of the story. You had the sense that you were there watching as events took place. Just as you thought you figured out where the plot was going, it took a turn in another direction which makes the story more interesting. You have to keep reading to find out where it is going next. Very well written. I highly recommend it and look forward to the reading the continued story.
Reviewed by Rebecca from Tampa, Florida 2/7/2002
Pirate Pleasure!!

I thoroughly enjoyed this first book by C.C. Colee and heroine Aubrey's adventures on the high seas. Filled with swashbuckling action and romance, in a pirate setting, the story pulled me in and left me looking for more. I am eagerly awaiting the next installment of the promised trilogy!
Reviewed by Anna from Midlothian, Virginia 1/24/2002
Finally bought your book from Barnes and Noble. It was worth the wait! I found it very imaginative, easy reading. Knowing Cody as a 'sister' and friend, have watched this from the beginning and knew the gist of the story. Now I can't wait for book #2 to come out. I'm very proud of you for this wonderful story. Normally, don't read adventure/romance type stuff, but enjoyed the story immensely. (Just ask Larry, if you know what I mean.) Congratulations to both of you. Hope you have continued success.
Reviewed by BJ, a guy from Chapin, SC 1/24/2002
My co-workers talked about this book so I had to check it out. Once I started, I couldn't put it down. It was so full of action that I forgot my surroundings. What the characters felt, I felt. I could have sworn I was standing right there feeling, seeing, hearing everything!! I knew it was the beginning of a trilogy when I started but I still hated to see the adventure end. Three words I hated to see coming---To Be Continued. C.C. Colee, I'd pay you good money to give a hint of what happens next!!
Reviewed by Paul Morin 12/12/2001
Wow! From what I've read, this book is a must read. Good luck to both of you.
Reviewed by Kathy Bosworth 11/18/2001
Wow!! Great reading. I love a good romance/adventure story. This one has it all. Strong characters and fast moving, interesting plot. Two thumbs up!!
Reviewed by Kathryn Berk 10/31/2001
Well ladies, I must say, once I picked up the book and started reading it, I could not put it down. I can't wait for the next volume to come out. It has been a long time since I read a book that held my attention to where I had to take it everywhere I went. This is one of those books where you "don't leave home without it". Keep up the great work.
Reviewed by Patricia Tesch 10/22/2001
This was a great book! Once I started reading it I didn't want to put it down. I can't wait for the next book and I hope it turns out that Aubrey gets her guy. Good writing ladies.
Reviewed by Beverly A. Castner 10/3/2001
I just wanted to let you know that I purchased your book. This past weekend, I had a delightful time reading it in front of my fireplace, in fact, I could not put it down. I enjoyed it immensely and can't wait for the next two volumes.
Reviewed by Victoria Murray 9/13/2001
I agree with Violet! This book is a must read! I'm ordering my copy right now!
Reviewed by Donna Barr 9/13/2001
The captured soul of Aubrey Malone and the darkened life she was forced to live, kept me reading until the very end. It was one of the most intriguing books I have read in awhile. I had to keep reading to see what would happen to this poor "captured-child" of the sea next. Lost identity, lost life and lost love, what more could she possibly endure. I'm ready for the next adventure.
Reviewed by Kelley Seay 9/12/2001
RB:The Widow Maker is an exciting and intriguing story. The authors tell an incredible tale that prevents their readers from putting the book down. The novelists paint a captivating picture of life on the untamed seas of the eighteenth century. The book contains a vast array of unforgettable characters whose stories capture the reader's undivided attention. Some characters invoke sympathy, others loathing, but all are carefully developed and play essential roles in the adventures within the novel. The tales are rivating and keep the reader in suspense as the authors slowly reveal the answers to the burning questions within their reader's minds. RB: The Widow Maker is a must-read for an exciting and romantic adventure that keeps its readers anxiously awaiting its sequel.
Reviewed by Vi Diffenderfer 8/31/2001
I am writing for my sister and myself with regards to this delightful book!

C.C. Colee is to be commended for their wonderful talent at gaining and keeping your attention! From the very beginning of this book, the reader becomes immersed in the plight and flight of young Aubrey Malone.

Her experiences with the pirate captain and his crew are tense, frightening and humorous. I found myself setting apart the characters I liked, loved, disliked and loathed. Once I started reading this book, I could not put it down.

To know that RB:The Widow Maker is just the beginning of this delightful saga, I must say to C.C. Colee and to Publish America---PLEASE!!! Give us the second book and the third one too as soon as possible....I can't stand the suspense!!!

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