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Pirates, Scoundrels, and Kings Literary Reviews

  • 5 out 5 stars

Clearly there is much wisdom in this text...especially and particularly the issue of Mondays.


I appreciate both the FAITH and the wisdom in this outstanding Text.


Bravo Professor William Lynes M.D!

Josh Grossman, MD 

  • Pirates, Scoundrels, and Kings by William Lynes


4 Stars


Lynes pens an exciting story Pirates, Scoundrels and Kings. I have read Lynes work before and really enjoyed it. Chris is our story's hero, a mild mannered boy, embarrassed by his parents, and has a grand imagination. The story is exciting, and plot driven, as the reader gets to be by the side of Chris. There is action, and imagination that floods these pages. Christopher is a wonderful child, maybe older than his years, and finds his journey very intense and even scary at times. "The jarring crash of the closing cell door sounded very permanent. Chris looked through the small iron-barred window. He felt hopeless, watching the old man hurry away, down the stone-walled corridor. The boy was cold, lonely, and frightened." A very well-written story, and I enjoyed it. It is always a joy to read this author's stories. The dialogue was fitting for the story, and it made sense coming from the mouth of young boys (dude!) and even how the quest was impacting the conversations, and how they talked to each other. “I smell some treachery [...] Only my brother could steal such a stage as this!” I do suggest that the Proverbs above each new chapter be read, as they fit the journey that's about to begin.



This author is not just a writer but a great storyteller. An enjoyable journey. It's a great story to follow and try to figure out what will happen next. This author's characters develop and interacts well with the other characters. It's tailored for young adults, but I had fun reading this book and getting to know Chris.  This story was intriguing and kept the reader guessing. I have fast become a big fan of Lynes. I look forward to reading more by this author.


This book is a definite recommendation by Amy's Bookshelf Reviews.

  • Your New Family Reading Time book

4 of 5 stars

Pirates, Scoundrels, & Kings is an epic adventure story. We follow young Chris as he is mysteriously whisked to a medieval land. He struggles to make sense of his whereabouts, find his way home, and stay out of trouble. These are lofty goals for a middle grade young man. Will he survive this treacherous world and find his way home to family, friends, Nintendo, and the all important pizza?

The author builds an incredible world in which his characters reside. The descriptions are vivid and well-written. Lynes proves once again that he is a masterful storyteller.

For the most part, the pacing is even with only a few places where the wordiness overpowers the dialogue.

I would recommend this story to lovers of medieval fantasy and adventure. It would make a fabulous family read-along book.

Thank you to the author for providing a review copy of this book. This is my honest, unbiased opinion.

Gina R. Mitchell

Physician, Author, Physician Burnout Advocate, and Speaker

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