"They say an author can't go easy on his or her main character. No one can accuse author SR Staley...of making life easy for Isabella, the title character in Staley's...adventure novel The Pirate of Panther Bay. When this teenage runaway slave finds herself the captain of a prate ship, the obstacles--and action--pile up and don't stop throughout the story."
Award-winning author M.R. Street
"...SR Staley puts plenty of zip into the action sequences.... There's fine description plus conspiracies and colorful characters galore, but what I liked best was the irony of the story.... I do know Robert Louis Stevenson would have loved this book."
John Lehman, former publisher of Rosebud literary magazine.
"A swashbuckling tale of piracy, action, and romance, The Pirate of Panther Bay is a well-researched and entertaining trip into the same rum-soaked world which Disney has so recently popularized."
"This adventurous tale takes a circuitous journey that remains true to the real world of pirates and Spain's desire to reign over the New World."
Cindy Vallar, editor,
"A grand high-seas adventure any teen would love; many adults as well. Non-stop action and adventure highlight the story as we learn a little history as well as become close acquaintances of Isabella and her crew."
"The Pirate of Panther Bay is expertly written by S.R. Staley and is a unique book with an old theme."
"Tortuga Bay is a rousing and complex pirate adventure mixed with a Romeo-and-Juliet love affair. Staley breathes life into Haiti and its history through well-rounded, multifaceted characters who tackle difficult situations in realistic ways.... Isabella is a unique and compelling character, not only because she’s a woman, but also because she’s an African slave who escaped her bonds to cherish freedom and command a ship of pirates. She endures in spite of hardships and never abandons her comrades or her beliefs."
Cindy Vallar, editor,
“Isabella sizzles in this swashbuckling sequel to The Pirate of Panther Bay. Her sword slices through oppressors from the first page to the last in an adventure that puts her daring and decisive stand against slavery at the center of a story that shimmers like its Caribbean setting. Unputdownable!”
Donna Meredith, author of Wet Work, The Color of Lies, and the Glass Madonna.
" Tortuga Bay continues Isabella’s saga, this time putting her history as an escaped slave seeking justice for her fellow plantation workers. This desire to help others find freedom as she has done forces Isabella into making difficult decisions."
"For those who would like their adventure and romance with a sense of social conscience, Sam Staley's Tortuga Bay will offer them a worthy read,"
“In SR Staley's sequel to The Pirate of Panther Bay, Isabella once again shows she is made of as much grit as any male pirate captain. The action starts on page one and never lets up. Through exhilarating battles at sea and the start of a slave revolution on land, Isabella fights for the success of her ship, safety of her crew, and survival of her lover, who happens to be a captain in the Spanish Navy -- a sworn enemy. At the same time, she is searching for the meaning of the Prophecy given to her long ago by her now dead mother. Staley's familiarity with ships of war and the history of the region helps readers feel they are part of the action. “
M.R. Street, award-winning author of the Werewolf's Daughter, Hunter's Moon, and Blue Rock Rescue.
"Tortuga Bay (Pirate of Panther Bay) by SR Staley is a captivating pirate story delivered with absolute excellence. The idea of a teenage girl as the fierce captain of a crew of pirates is not an easy concept to imagine, let alone bring out on paper, but SR Staley brought her to life brilliantly and made her feel natural and genuine. Isabella is a compelling character with real depth. The character development, coupled with the flawless descriptive writing style and memorable setting vividly brought this story to life. With nonstop action and thrills right from the beginning, SR Staley delivered yet another winner in the Pirate of Panther Bay series. Tortuga Bay is an exceptionally well-developed story that gives a genuine touch to the theme and puts a fresh spin on the way pirate stories are told. Lovers of the genre will find the Pirate of Panther Bay series a worthy read."
Faridah Nassozi, 5-star review
“If you pick up Tortuga Bay you better strap on your seat belt because you will be transported back in time to an era of pirates and ships chased by the soldiers and sailors of Spain’s Most Royal Catholic Majesty. Isabella, continuing her role as The Pirate of Panther Bay from the previous book, is an intriguing character. By casting this young woman as a pirate captain Staley launches a frontal assault on all the female stereotypes so prevalent in literature, media and the entertainment world. He has done a remarkable job of mixing pirates, Royal political intrigue and Haitian voodoo into an entertaining tale.”
Col. Michael Whitehead (ret.), author of The Lion of Babylon and Messages from Babylon
"Staley’s descriptions bring both the many varied characters and the astonishingly beautiful, yet forbidding, setting into clear focus via his vivid and detailed depictions. Yet, his greatest strength lies in his ability to describe action – and there is plenty aboard Isabella’s pirate ship. From the first page, Staley opens with an attack and jumps into motion with little preface. His pacing keeps the reader’s adrenalin in constant circulation."
Liz Jameson, book review in the Tallahassee Democrat
"...readers who have enjoyed the previous titles will enjoy this latest offering in Isabella’s saga, and those who have not will easily pick up on what has come before.
An interesting twist in the story comes with the introduction of Pierre and Jean Lafitte. The two young boys (thirteen and two, respectively) are captives, who are with their mother, and it is Pierre’s knowledge of the Calusa that assists Isabella in their escape. The fight scenes, especially the final one with the Calusa, make readers’ hearts pound."
Cindy Vallar, editor, Pirates & Privateers newsletter
"As in the first two, the author's research shines through his descriptions of the local history wherever the action takes place. From Port Au Prince to my favorite spot at St. Marks, the descriptions are vivid, colorful and detailed, allowing the reader to be right at the side of Isabella and crew.
A fast, exciting read, sure to please."
Pat Stanford, award-winning author of Fixing Boo Boo (from amazon.com)
"Instead of losing steam, the hero of SR Staley’s Calusa Spirits gains depth and stature in this third installment of the Pirate of Panther Bay series. In some respects, the captain of La Marée Rouge is a classic pirate yet in other ways defies convention."
"With muskets popping, canons roaring, storms threatening, and sandbars looming, the action of Calusa Spirits pulls readers along relentlessly, but the bonus of Native American history and precise descriptions of the Florida wilderness make this story shine. "
Donna Meredith, Southern Literary Review, November 22, 2018