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In this explosive seventh instalment in the action-packed Brotherband Chronicles, the Herons battle pirates amid stormy seas as the fate of an empire rests on their shoulders.

Hal and the brotherband are back home in Hallasholm when a knock on the door brings an unexpected visitor: Stig's long-absent father, Olaf. The Empress of Byzantos' son has been kidnapped by pirates, and palace guard commander Olaf has been held responsible. The only way to redeem himself is to rescue the boy. Olaf needs a ship and a crew, and he has nowhere else to turn.

The pirates' fortress is on an island, where a collapsed volcano has left a caldera of towering cliffs surrounding a deep lagoon. There is only one way up or down - and the pirates have the key. How can the Herons possibly rescue the Empress' son from such an inhospitable place? Culminating in a battle for survival on the seas, The Caldera sees the Herons take on one of their most difficult missions yet!

©2017 John Flanagan (P)2017 Penguin Random House LLC

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  • mrsvee
  • 11-24-17

What a terrible disappointment.

John Flanagan, it is obvious that you did NOT hear this audio presentation of this story. The pronunciations of many of the nautical terms left much to be desired. The variations in presenting some words, even in the same sentence, were more than disappointing. The characterisations were, to sat the least, laughable, only there was nothing funny to them. It is to be hoped that this person did not read any of books 1-6, and hope he doesn’t get to read any more of them. The reader you use for the Ranger’s Apprentice would do a far better job for you and enhance your books as this man doesn’t.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-06-20

Great story

I love this series but struggled to finish due to the annoying narration. The reader used accents in a random and unnecessary way, i.e. all the main characters were from the same place but some had accents and some didn’t. This was frustrating to listen to and distracted from the very good story. He also had a bizarre intonation at the end of sentences when reading direct speech which made the characters sound vague and wishy-washy in direct contrast to the intended emotion. I wish it had have been picked up in quality control and given director’s notes.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-16-20

A good read

A good book that adds in some new characters and gives Stig a chance to learn more about his family. The Herons get to visit new places. A very enjoyable book.

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  • Kevin
  • 02-02-20

Charming and entertaining

Another charming and entertaining take from this sea-going band of misfits. Looks like the series is almost finished for me though unfortunately ...but no fear, I'll go through them all again with my son.