In 1776, Daniel Barton's trading business is ruined by the war with the British, and their blockade of his hometown, New York City. Nearly broke, he finds himself deemed unacceptable by the parents of the girl he loves, Rose Post, whose family owns much of Staten Island. When General Benedict Arnold offers a chance at payment and a letter of marque if he'll help defend Lake Champlain against a British incursion, Daniel decides to take a chance and becomes a privateer. He'll raid British ships for the cause of freedom and love. Will he get rich and win the girl he loves, or will he go to a watery grave?
"Read many books in this genre American Privateer stands with them all. The story line lends itself to another book or two. What happens with Rose and Dan and the lives of the characters in Williamsburg? A good read."
"This Sicilian-American fan of Mario Puzo said with many others that he was often imitated but never duplicated. Well so much for that theory for me till American Privateer by Melanie Barton Gauss. Please allow us to follow the charterers of American Privateer through the American Revolutionary War and the remainder of 18th century America."
"Huzzah! Huzzah!! Huzzah!!! for Barton-Gauss, a true storyteller in every sense of the word! What a fun debut to read. Kept me up late at night wanting more."