Audiobook Review: The Reckoning: Legacy of the King's Pirates, Book 5

Title:  The Reckoning
Series: Legacy of the King's Pirates, Book 5
Author: MaryLu Tyndall
Narrator: Mary Sarah Agliotta
Publisher:  MaryLu Tyndall
Audio Release Date:  October 27, 2015
Genre: Inspirational Historical Fiction

When Morgan Shaw crept into the hold of an old pirate ship replica at San Diego's annual Tall Ship Festival, her only intention was to avoid the guy who had just dumped her and who was now boarding the ship with two women on his arm. What she didn't expect was to wake up aboard a real pirate ship 300 years in the past. But of course, it wasn't real. Her wealthy father had obviously staged it all in an effort to get her mind off her upcoming chemo. Or had he?
Pirate Rowan Dutton seeks enough treasure to repay a debt to his sister and reinstate the Dutton name among British Jamaican society. He is but one major haul away from accomplishing his goal when a strange woman appears on his ship and causes him to lose his prey. Despite his anger, he is enthralled with the little minx, her strange clothing, odd speech, and her insistence that they are all actors playing a charade paid for by her father.
Yet when the brazen little lady divulges Rowan's secret to a longtime nemesis, events are triggered that could cost them both their lives and change the course of history forever.

The Reckoning by MaryLu Tyndall was the first book of hers I've "read" via audiobook.  I've read Charity's Cross and enjoyed it tremendously. I didn't think a pirate story would capture me, but it did, and The Reckoning was no different.  However, with The Reckoning, it took much too long for me to finish it, whereas with an actual book, I'm sure I could've devoured it within hours. With audiobooks, I tend to listen to it on the road or while ironing, so that doesn't always coincide well.

From Cross and Cutlass
The Reckoning captures the essence of time travel mixed with the sovereignty of our Lord's power, and what that means. All things are possible with God, even when time does not seem to logically make sense. However, time was the one thing that irritated me. Morgan was so blind to it all, kept thinking it was her father's doing. Really?! It didn't make sense for it to span so long, which I felt dragged the story a bit.  Once the "truth" was realized, the real action begins, and boy, was it good. From that point on, every free moment I had to listen, I went for it. The pirate wars, the Reckoning and the Redemption ships, the cast of characters what I assume are from previous Legacy of the King's Pirates, and even the antics of Black Beard had me loving it. Though the "casting out demons" part relating to Morgan's health had me uncomfortable with what implication it was sending, I was glad that the author explained her thoughts in the Author's Afterward.  In all, the message of God's love, His power and His redemption is strong and unmistakable, in comparison to other novels with a more subtle message.  And I think that's one thing I find common with MaryLu's novels - the obviousness of God's omnipotence.

As to the narration, I felt the narrator did a fabulous job voicing different characters, which made The Reckoning come to life more than it already had.  Would I choose the audiobook vs the print or digital copy? Not necessarily, but doesn't mean I wouldn't. In all, a story with action, romance, family and a great message. Definitely recommend.

NOTE:  I won an audible copy of this audiobook in a giveaway.  A review was not required.  All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.



Award-winning author MaryLu Tyndall dreamt of pirates and sea-faring adventures during her childhood days on Florida's Coast. With more than seventeen books published, she makes no excuses for the spiritual themes embedded within her romantic adventures. Her hope is that readers will not only be entertained but will be brought closer to the Creator who loves them beyond measure. In a culture that accepts the occult, wizards, zombies, and vampires without batting an eye, MaryLu hopes to show the awesome present and powerful acts of God in a dying world. A Christy award nominee and Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award winner, MaryLu makes her home with her husband, six children, two grandchildren and several stray cats on the California coast.

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  1. I've never really been interested in reading a pirate story. However, I might be more interested if it was an audiobook!


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