September 19, 2007

Crastinating Professionally

It was on this day in 2004, when I posted in honor of the popular Talk Like A stereotypical Fictional Pirate Day, that I expressed the intent to find a relevant quote from Makara Harconan, the pirate king in James H. Cobb's technothriller Target Lock. It has taken me several years to do so. He never talks "on camera" about his piracy, but here he explains the philosophy which led him to it.

We are, as they say in your country, high rollers. We live large, and the stakes are high when we gamble. When we lose, the loses are great, in money, in policy, and in lives. We must win - anyway we can, whenever we step to the table. Thus, the battlefields where we dare to lose are few and far between.
I think that is much more romantic than "Arrrgh, matey."

Posted by triticale at September 19, 2007 02:39 PM | TrackBack

Of the 4 novels, "Target Lock" was by far the worst, probably followed by "Sea Strike" (#2 in the chronology.) I liked 1 and 3, "Choosers of the Slain" and "Sea Fighter." 2 and 4 seemed pushed, and 4 was pushed right over the edge.

Posted by: Zendo Deb at September 19, 2007 08:12 PM

Count Luckner (mentioned in books 3 and 4) was a romantic figure.

Posted by: Zendo Deb at September 19, 2007 08:14 PM
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