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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
The Smuggler's Gambit (Adam Fletcher Adventure Series Volume 1) by Sara Whitford revolves around seventeen-year-old Adam Fletcher, and is set in 1765 against the backdrop of Port Beaufort, North Carolina. Adam gets into a fist fight with Francis Smythe in his desire to defend his mother and is forced by the local magistrate to be a shipping apprentice to Emmanuel Rogers, an old man. Things take a different turn when he is asked to spy on his master and Adam is caught between being loyal to his master and performing his duty as a citizen. Which one will he choose? Will Adam betray his master or listen to the higher authorities and spy on the old man? As the story progresses, readers get to understand Adam Fletcher more and the test of his character.
The plot is compelling with many layers, not only in the story but also in the way the characters are portrayed. The book has a blend of everything – adventure, history, mystery, suspense and romance - which makes it fast-paced and entertaining. The author weaves in all the emotions, facts, fiction, and action seamlessly, without sounding forced. From the moment where Adam Fletcher is kidnapped till the very end, the book will hold the attention of readers. Adam Fletcher’s complex character, his growth as a person, along with the colonial era, the authentic historical setting, and the sea faring adventure give the plot its uniqueness and originality. Readers will be waiting to read the next book to learn more.