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Publisher's Summary

Nova Scotia, 1952. Not exactly the place you'd expect to run into pirates. But an old mariner, his boat driven ashore in a gale, brings with him enough stories about buccaneers and their lore to make it seem that he must have had firsthand experience of the pirate life. But how is that possible? Captain Charles Johnson's uncanny knowledge of seamanship's dark side fuels the imagination of the young boy he befriends, setting the boy on his own journey of mysterious adventure.

©2006 William Gilkerson (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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A great Pirate tale for all ages!

What a wonderful book. I believe it was for children or teens, but read better than most adult literature. This way exceeded my expectations. This is a book that should have a sequel. A++

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entertaining from start to finish.

this would make a great movie but movie Makers don't seem to be looking for great stories these days.

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Loved every second!

Not big with reviews but this one deserved it. Great story, mixing several familiar piratical themes with an excellent mechanism to draw the reader/listener into the real histories therein. Performance was also spot on. Really enjoyed it. More please!

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Wished there was more

In my honest opinion this is one of the best books on audible. Immersive, informative, calming.

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I really liked it.

Play frequent listener of spy and military stories I was not sure if I would actually like this. I got into the story fairly quickly and it did capture my imagination. It did not end as I anticipated, which I like. It was good for the long miles that I drive for work. I would recommend this story to young and old alike.

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a journey of a tale.

I rarely race through a book like this but u couldn't take my ears away from it. the historical accuracy laced throughout was phenomenal. I loved it completely and will be sharing and re reading it for years.

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One of the good pirate stories.

I would give this a 4-1/2. It was Avery enjoyable story, although it didn’t make me as emotional as some five-star stories Have. I did really enjoy this. I am a real sucker for a good pirate story.

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Tales of adventure

Author and narrator bring to life to the ages of piracy through the words of a wise sea captain and eyes and imagination of a young man. Keeps you engaged and wanting to hear more.

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Excellent story for any age!

This Book, Story and Narrator that was used for the Audible presentation was excellent! The whole time you feel like you are right there with Jim and Captain Johnson. Great for all ages. Like everyone else, we would love a follow up book by the author!

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Slow moving, but worthwhile

I got this book expecting a story along the lines of Treasure Island. There are parallels, certainly, but I don't think it can be put in the same category.

The similarities are hard to miss - the main character is named Jim Hawkins, who runs an Inn (the Admiral Anson Inn, in this case) with his widowed mother. One day a sea captain comes to stay with them, named Capt. Charles Johnson (a combination of Billy Bones and Long John Silver). Like with Silver, the captain is charming and charismatic, but you never know exactly who he is or what he's up to.

From there, the two books diverge a great deal. The story mostly takes place in Nova Scotia, where Johnson helps the Hawkins family with their troubles, mainly concerning a wealthy, unscrupulous family's attempts to drive the family inn out of business.

Along the way, Johnson helps Jim with a school essay by teaching him the history of piracy, and encouraging him to think like some of history's most famous pirates.

Most of the book alternates between events regarding the inn, and the captain's immersive history lessons. The lessons are the highlights, but the rest frequently dragged.

At the climax, Jim and Capt. Johnson must sail to Boston and sell a trove of valuable antiques to save the inn.

I am really glad I stayed with this book, but it was pretty slow at times. I do think it was worthwhile, and I recommend it, just be prepared to weather some doldrums.