Reading Guide: In Pursuit
A Historical Novel of Abduction, Passion, Love, Greed, and War
Author: Sharman Burson Ramsey
. September 2013 | historical fiction
6 x 9 | 280 pp. | Paper, $20.00t | 978-0-88146-454-2 | P473
e-book, $16.00 | 978-0-88146-458-0
“Dear readers of In Pursuit, prepare for a literary feast. A novel that is both elegant and electrifying, chock-full of intrigue and suspense, and a love story that is utterly absorbing, I inhaled In Pursuit like a decadent meal, unable to slow my delight until the last, delicious page. As she proved in her beautifully-crafted debut Swimming with Serpents, Sharman Ramsey knows her history and—more importantly—the hearts and minds of her characters. They shine here once again—and I ponder them, and their remarkable journeys, still.”
—Erika Marks, author of The Guest House
Historian and author Sharman Ramsey has worked magic with her latest novel In Pursuit. Ramsey is a born storyteller and what a tale she has woven with this novel. One part adventure and one part historical fiction, this novel is all parts intrigue. Ramsey reminds us that love, passion and greed are human experiences regardless of the era. Readers are sure to savor this educational and entertaining historical novel.
—Michael Morris, Man in the Blue Moon
History comes to life in this rip-roaring novel that starts out in a tearoom in London then sweeps across the seas in a pirate ship to the Spanish territory of Florida soon after the Battle of New Orleans. Sharman Ramsey has spun a rollicking story of kidnappings, lost treasures, Red Stick Creeks and Seminoles, betrayal and revenge, populated with well- known historical figures such as Jean Lafitte, Billy Bowlegs, William Weatherford, and even Old Hickory himself, Andrew Jackson.”
—Cassandra King, author of The Same Sweet Girls
About the Book
Creek half-breed and survivor of the Creek Indian War, Joie Kincaid and the nemesis she rescued from certain death after the Massacre at Fort Mims
are kidnapped from a tea room in London. Joie awakens with amnesia—after
having been struck on the head—to find herself in the hold of a ship sailing to
the pirate Gasparilla’s lair in Charlotte Harbour and bound to a man she finds
To save himself and Joie, the preeminent scholar Godfrey Lewis Winkel is
forced to take heroic action. As a story of passion unfolds between the two, Joie
Kincaid must overcome a childhood of abuse and rejection to accept love she had
never known. Together they weather the tempests of pirates, illness, the Seminole
War, family vendetta, and a hurricane to find their way to each other and a love
neither could have imagined.
Interwoven in this action-packed adventure is the long-forgotten tale of
hope and betrayal at the Negro Fort, the plight of the Red Sticks after Horseshoe
Bend, the greed of a pirate longing for a legacy, Andrew Jackson’s single-minded
vision of a nation’s manifest destiny, and the British officers who seek to redeem
a promise and forge an empire.
In Pursuit continues the family saga begun in Swimming with Serpents, a
story of love, war, and redemption set against the Creek Indian War.
Questions for Discussion
- How has climate change affected the every day lives of people in England at the beginning of the novel?
- What have people observed that frightened them?
- What were their conclusions?
- What do we find out later is the cause of this change?
- Who are the Red Sticks?
- What is their relationship with the British?
- What is the Corps of Colonial Marines?
- For what purpose were Red Sticks and Blacks conscripted by the British?
- What did they promise them?
- What is the difference between the Treaty of Fort Jackson and the Treaty of Ghent? Which according to American law should take precedence?
- Are there contemporary comparisons?
- Do you think family relationships affected behavior? How so?
- Discuss the different possible reasons for the title "In Pursuit."
Enhancing Your Book Club
1. Visit Sharman Burson Ramsey’s website at http://www.sharmanbursonramsey.com. You'll find videos, reviews, behind-the-book extras and interviews.
2. Discuss how the situation in the Creek country escalated to the point of war. Is there a point at which the conflict could have been avoided? Is there a lesson here in considering religion, the economy, and cultural conflicts in today's world?
3. To find out more about victims of war here in the U.S. visit http://www.fugeesfamily.org/