2/series. Again starring rough-and-ready-with-a-heart (somewhere, sometimes) ex-pirate Thomas Marlowe, this tale deals with King James, once a slave on the plantation Williamsburg Marlowe bought. While on a peaceable cruise down the James River, King James and his crew come upon a blackbirder: a slave ship, full of people fresh from Africa. With violent but predictable results, King James must flee the Colony. Marlowe, facing slaveholder opposition, must find King James and bring him back. While Marlowe’s gone, his wife must deal with a rabid slaveholder whose past may not bear looking into. Excellent series, well written, marvelous sailing and fighting scenes, interesting characters. So far, this series is a 5. Where's the next one?