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Old June 1st, 2013, 06:50 PM   #1
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Sorry, 1st time trying to create a poll. If you don't mind, just type your answer. Thanks!

As some of you already know, I've been working on a historical series based during the time period of The Seven Years War through The War of 1812/Napoleonic Wars.

In the first story, the main character is in the royal navy at the tail end of The Seven Years War. He is captured, ransomed back to his family, and returns to the royal navy - this time in the West Indies and/or the colonies.

So my question is this, is he:

A. Captured by the French and put in a French prison

B. Captured by Barbary pirates and enslaved

C. Captured by French in the West Indies and sent home after the war

D. Captured by French in French Canada and sent home after the war

E. Or, that's horrible! Pass me the keyboard!

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Old June 1st, 2013, 06:54 PM   #2

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I think option B could prove interesting, especially if he manages to convince the pirates that he's one of them. It would take a great deal to do that, with raiding and engaging in the things that pirates do, but it might be the only way he can escape or turn the pirates in.
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Option B. would be my first choice; firstly because it would introduce him (and the reader) to a radically different culture, and secondly because it would probably open up the most opportunities for further adventure and intrigue. The Barbary states were pretty brutal in their treatment of their 'white gold' so perhaps it would make a good setting for any life-changing tragedies or misfortunes that might shape the rest of the story.

Options C, and A, would be my alternative choices, in that order.
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I'm leaning towards B as well. Any more opinions?
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Old June 2nd, 2013, 10:43 PM   #5

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Well, C might also be interesting because he could fall for a young, beautiful Caribean girl. Going back home and bringing her would mean becoming an outcast from society and struggling to get everyone to accept his bride. Even if that happens, his kid could have a great deal of trouble. So, he is foced to choose between his home and his wife and child.
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I'd go with B.
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Old June 2nd, 2013, 11:54 PM   #7

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Go with B. More opportunity for adventure.
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Old June 3rd, 2013, 04:44 AM   #8
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As some of you already know, I've been working on a historical series based during the time period of The Seven Years War through The War of 1812/Napoleonic Wars.

In the first story, the main character is in the royal navy at the tail end of The Seven Years War. He is captured, ransomed back to his family, and returns to the royal navy - this time in the West Indies and/or the colonies.


B. Captured by Barbary pirates and enslaved
This should work very well .
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Old August 15th, 2015, 01:37 PM   #9
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be sure to make your character young in the Seven Years war - for it happened in 1756-1763, by 1812 he is going to be a very old man.
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Old August 15th, 2015, 02:03 PM   #10

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There was a nest of pirates located at what is today Jacksonville, Florida. The USN went in and cleared them out. Insofar as I know this event has never been depicted in a work of fiction. More information available if you want it.
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