Black Bart by Joe Morris

Bartholomew Roberts, or The Great Pirate Roberts was the most successful pirate of the golden age of piracy. He is our hero!

Bartholomew Roberts, or The Great Pirate Roberts was the most successful pirate of the golden age of piracy. He has been referenced in classical and contemporary writing, in film and computer games. He was cited by Johnny Depp as an influence for his own pirate character, but as yet, there is no good fictional account of this man's remarkable story.

He never wanted to be a pirate, he never wanted to become the most reknowned pirate in history. This is his story.

  • Classification: Universal
  • Work is: Extract only on Authonomy
  • First submitted Sept. 26, 2009
  • Last updated Sept. 26, 2009
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  • Retired user
    strachan gordon wrote 4 years ago

    I think this is really extremely well-written about one of the most infamous of all pirate chieftains. I dont know if you are still on the site , but I really enjoyed it . Watchlisted.We have the same interests I have written a book called 'A Buccaneer', would you be kind enough to take a look at it , with best wishes , Strachan Gordon

  • RichardBard's avatar
    RichardBard wrote 5 years, 3 months ago

    Excellent job on 'Black Bart'. I really enjoyed it. Backed with pleasure.

    Richard Bard

  • lionel25's avatar
    lionel25 wrote 5 years, 5 months ago

    Joe, your prologue and first two chapters are a smooth read. My only minor nitpick is the use of "off of" in the second paragraph of the prologue.

    Happy to back your work.

    Joffrey (The Silver Spoon Effect)

  • Retired user
    WendyB [Retired] wrote 5 years, 5 months ago
    Bravo! This is an excellent beginning, and an exciting subject. Smoothly written, with believable dialogue and an interesting main character. I definitely will shelf it, and return to finish what you've posted here (I wish it were more.) Small errors: "Any figures walking about the ship would be taken as one of the pirate crew." This should read "taken as members of the pirate crew". "such was the supposed equality of the pirate's life, that all were equal..." Obviously, one ...
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    soutexmex wrote 5 years, 6 months ago

    SHELVING you because Tim did. I can use your comments on my book when you can get a chance. Cheers!

    The Obergemau Key

  • Retired user
    bonalibro [Retired] wrote 5 years, 6 months ago


    I backed your book some time ago.
    I wonder if you might have a look at mine
    Good luck with it.

    Tim Chambers
    Moonbeam Highway: With Apologies to Miguel de Cervantes.

  • Retired user
    bonalibro [Retired] wrote 5 years, 6 months ago


    I backed your book some time ago.
    I wonder if you might have a look at mine
    Good luck with it.

    Tim Chambers
    Moonbeam Highway: With Apologies to Miguel de Cervantes.

  • harveya's avatar
    harveya wrote 5 years, 7 months ago

    Good concept, excellent writing...the promise of much great swashbuckling fun--all this put your book on my watchlist. Best of luck with it. Harvey Ardman

  • Andrew W.'s avatar
    Andrew W. wrote 5 years, 8 months ago
    Black Bart Hi Joe, This is great, swashbuckling charm. You plunge us into the action with a wonderfully careful eye for historical detail, but you do not thrust it down our throats. What a heroic character you have created here, fun, accessible, rip-roaring and see easy to read that I got through the three chapters posted very quickly. Very happy to support your book, thank you for uploading to authonomy, a great fun read that doesn't take itself too seriously. ...
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  • B. J. Winters's avatar
    B. J. Winters wrote 5 years, 8 months ago
    This rolled up on the homepage - and between your pitch, your user name, roberts and princess -- I just couldn't help but read with a nostalgic smile on my face. The prologue was short enough that I thought it useful (overall I'm not much of a fan of them). Chapter 1 read well, and I liked the end of chapter 2 in particular. You've captured the traditional terms and dialogue well. Overall a nice light read to end my ...
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  • gillyflower's avatar
    gillyflower wrote 5 years, 8 months ago
    This is a book with a very interesting setting and plot. Pirate stories are currently very popular, since Captain Jack Sparrow (whom you mention in your pitch) came on the scene, so you have a head start with this one. Roberts is a great character. You bring him to life well, not always easy with a historical character, and I was especially interested in the story of how he was more or less forced to sign on as a pirate ...
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  • Retired user
    T.L Tyson [Retired] wrote 5 years, 8 months ago

    I love this. I love pirate stories. I do. I am in love with them and I am in love with this.
    Pirate Roberts encompasses everything a pirate should be.
    I adore the imagery throughout this, you really paint the scene well. Such an enjoyable read.
    T.L Tyson-Seeking Eleanor

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    andyroo wrote 5 years, 9 months ago

    This is of a publishable standard. Fabulous. Loved the gunfight, was subtle, yet really clear in my head. Your writing style makes me jealous!


  • beegirl's avatar
    beegirl wrote 5 years, 9 months ago
    You certainly have a more serious set of pirates than I do. lol I really enjoyed your story and found dread-pirate roberts very believable. I am a firm believer of giving help on this site if I find something so here I go I'll wallk the plank! Only one spot--you tell us that the sailors weren't in uniform and so were not distinguishable from the pirates--could you find away to make that come alive as part of the story? loved ...
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  • beegirl's avatar
    beegirl wrote 5 years, 9 months ago

    Well I could not resist this one could I? Back with more comments soonish.
    The Sea Pillow

  • bred flink's avatar
    bred flink wrote 5 years, 9 months ago

    Evocative. Well written, strong opening and a sustained pace.
    However, You need to have a little more faith in your reader. A person, especially a Captain, is never 'on board' a ship, he is 'aboard'.
    A 140 ton slaver. (ship) the word ship is redundant.
    Bravo, You've a light hand on the tiller, and a good grip.

    Mike Hart
    Captain of the sailing vessel 'Labarca'

  • Steve Ward's avatar
    Steve Ward wrote 5 years, 9 months ago
    Joe, You have some very good writing here and a lot of build up with the setting. But I was expecting adventure. I would open a pirate story of this type with ships blowing up, swords slashing throats, masts falling in the sea, blood and guts, a battle royal to get the readers attention. You can sprinkle all that background information along the way. Your narrative paints beautiful pictures and I expect you are more interested in writing a history ...
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  • paxie's avatar
    paxie wrote 5 years, 9 months ago
    Joe Pirate , piracy, written 9 times in your pitch....I dont think your short pitch and long pitch should be so similar. Your novel is very well written...i think secretly you'd have liked to have been a pirate yourself.....I can see you've lived inside this story.....I've never heard of Black Bart...I'm now curious enough to go and find out more... Perhaps a short bio on his life as a prologue would help the reader get in character...... I read a ...
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  • Betty K's avatar
    Betty K wrote 5 years, 11 months ago

    An interesting tale. I agree about the Welsh. You could just use a few well chosen phrases and translate them immediately. I think that would help. My WIP is set in the early 1700s; a sequel to my "Huguenots". I like the research you have done here. BTW: I saw your pirate wedding. It was very pretty. You really are a pirate fan. Shelved since yesterday.

    Betty K "The Huguenot's Destiny

  • hot lips's avatar
    hot lips wrote 5 years, 11 months ago

    Most pirates were cruel ruthless thugs, so having a pirate as a hero is interesting. I think this well written and believable and would like to back it.