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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (July 8, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250042151
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250042156
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #564,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up—An inventive spin on J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan. Hook is reincarnated and fitted with a new crew each time he is defeated by Pan. He has been trapped in Neverland for 200 years and wishes for nothing more than a true death. But something else is afoot. He knows that his crews are made up of old Lost Boys, wandering back to Neverland as adults, but never has a "Wendy" returned until Stella makes her appearance. After some initial bafflement and bluster, Hook and Stella fall in love, and together they attempt to unravel the mystery of the curse that has kept Hook prey to Pan for so many years. Jensen's attempts at mythology here, especially the specifics of the curse, are a bit convoluted, but it doesn't much matter—the heart of this highly affecting novel is the intertwined stories of the redemption of a seemingly irredeemable man, and the powerful love story of Hook and Stella. Jensen's take on the importance of childhood and Neverland is surprisingly consonant with Barrie's. Teen fans of the original play and novel, the Disney film, or any other variant since should highly enjoy this unique offering.—Mark Flowers, John F. Kennedy Library, Vallejo, CA

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"Jensen's second novel, a twist on the Peter Pan story which reconceives of Captain Hook as a tragic hero, shows how she's matured as a writer since her excellent debut, The Witch from the Sea. Jensen's wonderful imagination and devotion to history and myth allow the reader to fly with her through this outstanding adventure--no fairy dust required." -- Publishers Weekly

"Scintillating description and deep characterization make Jensen's Neverland a psychologically intriguing place to visit. Jensen offers a humanized take on Captain Hook that will be sure to entertain fans of the fairy tale-retelling genre." --Library Journal

A rich and darkly humorous tale of a man trapped in a child's nightmare. A delicious and thought-provoking read. (Laurie King, New York Times bestselling author of The Bones of Paris)

Jensen's wonderful imagination and devotion to history and myth allow the reader to fly with her through this outstanding adventure - no fairy dust required. (Publishers Weekly)

A marvellous book. A plot to keep you guessing, and a character to fall in love with. Written with verve and warmth, Alias Hook will challenge what you thought you knew about Neverland, and have you cheering for an unlikely but irresistible hero. (Paula Brackston, New York Times bestselling author of The Midnight Witch)

It's a really beautifully written novel about Captain Hook. It tells that story from his perspective. He's stuck in this childhood world where Peter Pan rules everything until an adult woman finally falls into Neverland. It's an unusual premise. I love it. (Eloisa James, author of Three Weeks with Lady X)

Captain Hook is as proud and lonely as Lucifer--though, being a pirate, he's loads more fun--while the impious Peter Pan is as cruel as an unleashed child can be. Alias Hook is pure joy. (Broos Campbell, author of Peter Wicked)

A captivating blend of fantasy, adventure, and historical fiction, Alias Hook is a fresh, utterly convincing reinterpretation of the Peter Pan story. Lisa Jensen takes a classic villain and transforms him into someone we care about and root for all the way to the emotionally stirring end. You will never look at Captain Hook the same way again! (Elizabeth Blackwell, author of While Beauty Slept)

Both a cracking adventure and a chance to witness that annoying little prig Peter Pan get a good kicking! Highly recommended. (C.C. Humphreys, author of Vlad – The Last Confession)

Scintillating description and deep characterization make Jensen's Neverland a psychologically intriguing place to visit. Jensen offers a humanized take on Captain Hook that will be sure to entertain fans of the fairy tale-retelling genre. (Library Journal)

Customer Reviews

It took me a few chapters to get into this story.
Suey
This is an absolutely beautiful fantasy and love story that made me cheer for the exquisite writing and pull for the wild, interesting, lovable characters.
Carolyn Woolston
I don’t know what else to say about this superlative story that will do it justice.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mary Gramlich VINE VOICE on July 8, 2014
Format: Hardcover
We have all read the book, seen the movies, watched the plays and singularly came to one conclusion, Captain Hook was evil and Peter Pan was the hero. But what if there is a back story about the real man Captain James Benjamin Hookbridge, known as the infamous pirate Hook? The real reason that Hook acts as he did was due to being trapped by fate and forced to live out the whim of a child that could not grow into a man.

Captain Hook was a pirate and did more than his fair share of evil deeds but his getting caught on Neverland was an accident he cannot be released from. His ship has been anchored to a spot for centuries and while many times Hook has been killed at the hands of Peter Pan he has always risen from the dead. Wanting the game that Pan is playing to end and his life to move on from his own personal purgatory Hook fails to understand what can release him, until Stella appears and may be the rescue Hook requires. Stella wanted to find Neverland but Pan was the master of all and only those women he choose to come could act as the mother to the lost boys. Pan was a dictator of the lands and allowing Stella to set foot inside his domain was not going to happen, yet it did and that is what sets off a new exchange of explosions between Peter Pan and Captain Hook.

What Stella opens in Hook is the heart he long ago felt stopped beating. She shows him how to deal with his duties but also how to stop the games that Peter Pan wants to play to control Hook and his men. What if treating Pan like the spoiled child he was and not engage him as Hook has done in the past; what if Hook takes the upper hand and establish that he is not a victim but the victor in this cat and mouse game; what if is all Hook can think?
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rachel @ Paper Cuts blog on July 27, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Alias Hook is gorgeous, and largely, it's masterful, an imaginative and stirring reimagining of one of children's literature's most famous villains. Every aspect of the Neverland is lovingly crafted and taken to a deeper level while also retaining the magic of the original story. It's a feat of retelling prowess, blurring the lines between hero and villain, making neither who we thought they were but also never fully reversing the roles.

The famed Captain Hook has been trapped in the Neverland for centuries. While a paradise at first, it has become his purgatory to fight Peter Pan time and time again, never able to win but also never able fully to lose, to die. He has "died" at Pan's hand countless times, only to live on. All he seeks is death, an end to the drudgery of a meaningless life of fighting, knowing he can't win, and watching his crew die. This is the Hook we meet at the beginning of Alias Hook, desperate for an escape but hopeless that one will come. When Stella Parrish, an impossible grown woman in the Neverland, drops in, it's through her that he realizes a reason to live on, a reason to cherish the Neverland that has served as his prison, and a reason to fight for his escape. His journey is a startlingly lovely one, full of regret and sorrow, but also of the joy of love.

The Neverland is just as magical in a novel written for adults as it would be to the child's eye. A world built around the whim of Pan, it is conducive to his needs and odd dislikes, but it's also a paradise to the innocents who come to escape and to learn why they must grow up. But the Neverland hides secrets from Hook, and it hides even more secrets about Pan, unexpected but that also deepen him as a character.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jane Halliwell on January 24, 2015
Format: Hardcover
I was only accompanying a friend at the book store when I saw this on the shelves, and I knew I had to have it. As a lover of Barrie's Peter Pan, I felt the most compassion for two characters: poor Wendy who wanted adventure, only to end up playing a never ending game of House, and Captain Hook with his melancholy eyes, inferior companions, and loneliness at night. But we know Wendy gets her happy ending.
With this novel, I was more than sated. Lisa Jensen does justice to the "redskins," breathes life into those insipid mermaids, adds a whole new dimension to the fairies, and best of all, we get inside the mind of the Captain.

Alias Hook is a proper fairy tale. It's got adventure, sword fighting, magic, and a hero you root for. He's an unlikely hero, yes, and he never thinks of himself as one, but the reader knows better. Like all good fairy tales it's got romance. I was suspicious of how I would feel about Stella Parrish, but watching her story unfold, as well as their romance (perfectly and realistically paced), I loved her fiercely. These are two characters you love both together as a couple, and separately as individuals. She is no Xena, so don't expect that, but the lady has "got salt," and she's got all the wit James Hookbridge needs in a partner. Their lives are intertwined. Their bond, their creative swearing, it's all very natural.

I was delighted to read about the "truth" of the mermaids, and the fairies too. There is magic, but there is also culture, something lacking in children's tales. And here, I must note as well how pleased I am at the age of these two main characters.
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I might have been a pirate in a previous life, or else I watched too many old Errol Flynn movies on TV in my formative years. My historical/fantasy "Alias Hook" presents the flip side of the Neverland from the caustic perspective of its prisoner, Captain Hook. It will be published by Thomas Dunne Books in July, 2014.
My swashbuckling historical novel, "The Witch From the Sea," published in 2001, is the first book in a planned trilogy.
Follow me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alias-Hook/326174064165389) and Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1131057.Lisa_Jensen) to read more about my books.
In real life, I'm a film critic for an alternative weekly in Santa Cruz, CA, and a former book reviewer for the San Francisco Chronicle.

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