Once more I read an old adventure novel. I have a mild interest in old adventure novels. I am interested in the historical perspective they sometimes reveal, curious about the ground work they have set for future works, they generally are much shorter than the modern behemoths being published, and if I don't care for them I am not out anything but time because I generally get them on my Kindle.
I read this free Kindle version of the novel (spoilers in the 2nd link).
As far as I can tell the novel appears to be historically based. I am no expert on the time period, about 1688, but they major events seem to track to real history. The novel is not so much about the main events of the time period but more about the effect it had on people. As in most adventure novels I have read from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it does its fair share of thinly veiled social commentary.
Basically Captain Blood, is a hero of high moral standards who is thrown low, and comes back in a dashing style. What more could you ask for in a pirate adventure?
The writing is not too bad. However several times the writing style devolves into explaining things instead of telling the story. That also seems to be quite common in early novels. One thing I do find interesting is the general reviling of the Spanish throughout the book. I am not sure if that is historically accurate, or just a bias of the author.
All in all, not a bad short read, with some interesting history. It most certainly is fertile ground for ideas to be used in an episodic adventure style RPG.