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Cappy Ricks Or, the Subjugation of Matt Peasley   By: (1880-1957)

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Cappy Ricks Or, the Subjugation of Matt Peasley by Peter B. Kyne is an engaging and captivating tale set in the world of maritime trade and the power play among shipowners. The story follows the ambitious and hardworking Matt Peasley as he navigates through the treacherous waters of the shipping industry under the watchful eye of his shrewd and crafty boss, Cappy Ricks.

Kyne skillfully brings the characters to life with their distinct personalities, motivations, and flaws. Matt Peasley, a dynamic protagonist, exhibits determination, wit, and an unwavering desire to prove himself in a world that often underestimates him. As the story progresses, Peasley's growth becomes vividly evident, making him an easily relatable and likable character.

Cappy Ricks, on the other hand, is a fascinating character study, displaying both cunning business acumen and an unyielding drive for success. His interactions with Peasley form the core of the story, as the young apprentice gradually learns the intricacies of the trade and the true meaning of loyalty and trust.

Kyne's writing style is straightforward and engaging, making the book a page-turner from start to finish. With a well-paced plot and vivid descriptions of the maritime world, the author succeeds in immersing readers in a captivating adventure that feels both realistic and authentic.

One of the highlights of Cappy Ricks Or, the Subjugation of Matt Peasley is the author's ability to infuse the story with valuable life lessons. Through the trials, triumphs, and setbacks faced by the characters, readers can gain insights into building trust, overcoming obstacles, and the importance of hard work. Kyne's narrative not only entertains but also educates, making it a valuable read for anyone interested in business, leadership, and personal growth.

Moreover, Kyne's knowledge of the shipping industry shines through in his depiction of the nautical world. The details and technicalities of ship handling, merchandise trading, and the dynamics between shipowners and sailors lend an air of authenticity to the story. It is clear that the author conducted extensive research to ensure accuracy, enhancing the reading experience.

While the novel excels in many areas, one minor drawback could be the lack of female representation. The story predominantly features male characters, with the few female characters playing minor roles. While this may reflect the historical context of the maritime industry, greater inclusion could have enriched the narrative further.

In conclusion, Cappy Ricks Or, the Subjugation of Matt Peasley is a captivating tale of ambition, mentorship, and the complexities of the maritime trade. Peter B. Kyne's writing showcases his understanding of the industry while delivering an entertaining story that leaves readers wanting more. Perfect for those seeking an engaging and educational read, this book remains a timeless classic that continues to captivate audiences.

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or The Subjugation of Matt Peasley

by Peter B. Kyne


As exemplified in the persons of my good friends,

Captain Ralph E. Peasley, of Jonesport, Maine,

Who skippered the first five masted schooner ever built, brought her, on that first voyage, through the worst typhoon that ever blew, and upon arriving at the Yang Tse Kiang River for the first time in his adventurous career, decided he could not trust a Chinese pilot and established a record by sailing her up himself!

Captain I. N. Hibberd, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,

Sometime master of the American clipper ship, Cyrus Wakefield, who, at the age of twenty five, broke three world's records in one voyage: San Francisco to Liverpool and back, eight months and two days; Liverpool to San Francisco, one hundred days; from the equator to San Francisco, eleven days. The clipper ship is gone but the skipper remains, an undefeated champion.

Captain William P. Cantey, of San Francisco, California,

Sometime mate of the brig Galilee, who, with his naked hands, convinced in thirty five minutes nine larger men than himself of the incontrovertible fact that you cannot keep a good man down.


As exemplified in the persons of my good friends,

John H. Rossiter, Manager of W... Continue reading book >>

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