Skullduggery, a novel of piracy in the New World by Robert Frusolone, makes an interesting read. From the Bahamas to Virginia, this book gives a fascinating look at the people and landscapes that made up the New World before the American Revolution. Grayson Fallon, as protagonist, captured my interest at once and kept it for the entirety of the novel.
The story begins when a man wakes up on a desert island, surrounded by bodies, with no memory of who he is or how he got there. He is picked up by a ship and he learns that his name is Grayson Fallon and he is a pirate. The name seems right to him, but the idea that he might be a pirate does not. So, he starts a voyage to discover the truth.
I only had one major problem with the way this story is constructed. That problem is that the author writes from too many points of view, diluting the sympathy the reader should have for the main character. We learn about the main character and his situation from the outside—which would be fine, but the main character should be learning these things. Grayson Fallon has amnesia, so he doesn’t know any of the things we are seeing from the outside.
However, the scenery is well-drawn and consistent. I found it fascinating to walk through the towns of Virginia in the 18th century. And the ships they had at the time were described very well. The author gives an excellent taste of the times.
I was also very interested in the tale of what happened to Grayson Fallon, how he was lost, and how he found himself. There was enough suspense in that story that I felt I had to keep reading until I found out what would happen.
Finally, Robert Frusolone managed to pull together all of the strings at the end of the novel. There were no questions that were not answered at the end. I believe this is the most important thing. It made the novel a satisfying experience.