The Sea Hawk is a novel by Rafael Sabatini, originally published in 1915. The story is set in the late 16th century, and concerns a Cornish sea-faring gentleman, Sir Oliver Tressilian, who is villainously betrayed by a jealous brother. After being forced to serve as a slave on a Spanish galley, Sir Oliver is liberated by Barbary pirates. He joins the pirates under the name "Sakr-el-Bahr", the hawk of the sea, and swears vengeance against his brother.
Sabatini was one of the great "swashbuckler" story tellers, and this book is no exception. More emphasis on adventure and less on romance, this book will appeal to the historical romance lovers in your family who get sick on too much sugar. Sabatini wrote the "Captain Blood" series which became a movie that made Errol Flynn a star.