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Isle of Fire (Pirate Adventures) Hardcover – September 9, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Lexile Measure: 770L (What's this?)
  • Series: Pirate Adventures
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; 1ST edition (September 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400312167
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400312160
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In the second installment of Batson’s epic pirate trilogy, good Christian pirates and warrior monks battle the godless pirate Thorne and his heathen Norse warriors while his son Cat fights on the side of good. Anthony Brawner’s full voice is a pleasure, though sometimes his pacing is a bit slow. He jumps from one exaggerated accent to the next, creating aural caricatures that not only entertain but also match the story’s campy tone perfectly. Appropriately melodramatic music signals chapter breaks as the story skips among the perilous predicaments plaguing the crews of several ships that are sailing in impossible conditions and defying the laws of physics and basic seamanship." 
A.M.P.  © AudioFile Portland, Maine
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Wayne Thomas Batson is the author of several bestselling novels, including The Door Within trilogy, The Isle series, and The Berinfell series. As a middle school reading teacher, Wayne writes adventures set in imaginative locales because he believes that we all dream of doing something that matters. 

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The characters are realistically drawn, and the action is exhilarating.
Celebrilomiel
I would recommend this book to everyone who like action, pirates, fantasy and/or treachery with one piece of advice: read the first book first!
jacob cole
Isle of Fire (sequel to Isle of Swords) is an amazing book written by the mastermind author Wayne Thomas Batson.
HAPPY HOMESCHOOLING

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Stevenson VINE VOICE on August 31, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I couldn't wait to get my hands on the sequel to ISLE OF SWORDS. And when I saw that ISLE OF FIRE had finally come into my local bookstore, I grabbed it and prepared a day to devour it. And devour it I did. ISLE OF FIRE was definitely a good read, great even, but I still think that I liked ISLE OF SWORDS better. Here's why:

1. There's no big treasure this time. In SWORDS, there was a huge treasure that the main characters were hunting after. And that definitely held an air of mystery that pervaded throughout the whole book.

2. There are no "exotic" creatures this time. In SWORDS, there was an underwater monster, and there were very dangerous things on the actual Isle of Swords.

That's not to say that FIRE didn't have some great moments. The idea of the evil Merchant definitely adds a very ominous tone to the entire book. And the whole Vikings angle makes for an interesting twist. To me it seems like Batson was trying to make the scope so much bigger than last time, and he definitely succeeds. The stakes are a lot higher than they were before, and a couple of moments had me feeling panicked over what would happen.

The writing here is definitely pretty tight. The only sections I really didn't like were with the new character named Hopper. Some of the scenes with him definitely just came across cheesy. Plot-wise, I really liked just about everything. There's one plot twist near the end that I saw coming from right up front, but other than that, Batson weaves everything together expertly.

I for one, look eagerly to the next project from Wayne Thomas Batson.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Goldarrow on December 8, 2009
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With most of the characters from Isle of Swords, you will be thrown back to the sea.
Mr. Batson is the only author that I know who can put pirates and Vikings in one book. What's that? You have to read it to find out.
Over all Wayne Tomas Batson did a great job making the sequel fit with the first book Isle of Swords. Yet so much different that you have no clue what will happen next!
This book is so good, I have to say it is yet another great book by Mr. batson.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cson on October 4, 2008
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A swashbuckling drama from the best-selling author of Isle of Swords and The Door Within Trilogy, Wayne Thomas Batson. A long line of the evilest men in history, The Merchants, have funded and planned the worst catastrophes in the world... it's time to for them to strike again. The legendary blood-thirsty pirate Bartholomew Thorne has convinced a group of technologically advanced heathen Vikings to help him burn London. It's up to Cat, struggling with his terrible past, and Declan Ross's crew of extremely entertaining pirates to stop them. Add a hurricane, Greek-fire, a particularly nasty group of Berserkers, a gullible king, and a strange, bald lad named Hopper, and you've got the best book since Isle of Swords! For anybody who likes bang-bang action and plenty of pirates. ARG!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mom o' 6 on October 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Cat Thorne begins to put together the missing pieces of his memory with the help of the Brethern Monks. Meanwhile, the evil "Merchant" sets in motion his plan of destruction of all that Cat holds dear. With the help of his friends and the lovely Anne, can he stop the Merchant from destroying those he loves?

Wayne Thomas Batson sets sail again in this thrilling sequel to the Isle of Swords. With daring deeds and great sacrifice the characters show how love in all it's power can transform those who chose to embrace it or let revenge warp them forever. This story is not for the faint of heart
Younger readers might want to wait for a fairer wind.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ROM on March 26, 2009
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Isle of Fire was a worthy sequel to the first pirate novel by Wayne Thomas Batson. I enjoyed it immensely-perhaps even more than Isle of Swords, if that is possible. Old heroes return, as well as old villains. Filled with action, adventure, and edge-of-your-seat entertainment, this book will keep you guessing until the last sentence! (Well, last chapter, anyway!)

A great buy for teens, especially those who like fantasy/adventure novels. Probably not for kids under the age of 12, but that's just a suggestion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Somers on December 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
"Isle of Fire and the predecessor Isle of Swords give Disney's pirate franchise a run for its money! MR. Batson has done it again with fast pacing and plenty of excitement. He continues to throw curve balls at his readers by coming up with a brand new way for his odious villian Captain Thorne to exact his revenge on the British. Can anyone say Vikings? For more you'll have to get the book and read...but trust me, you won't be disappointed!"--James Somers, author of "The Chronicles of Soone."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Villafane on January 13, 2009
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Action and intricate story line from the very beginning. Wayne Batson has a great way of weaving things together and keeping things mysterious at the same time. He also shows the providence of God in people's lives and how a life has more meaning in relation to God. Grand pirate attacks and battle designs are fascinating as well. LOVED IT.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Erain Thayleon on October 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The "Isle of Fire" is even better the first book. After reading the "Isle of swords" I was thinking, ok, now what new invention or work of nature is he going to introduce. He completely blew my expectations away! I thought it was interesting about the Merchant. For more action packed books: next stop, Wayne Batson.
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More About the Author

Wayne Thomas Batson was born in Seabrook, MD in 1968. During the early years he tortured his older brothers and sisters, doing those things that only younger siblings can do to get on your nerves.
He attended Gabriel DuVal Senior High School and wrote this for his Yearbook
Senior Goals: To become a professional writer or artist. During the high school and early college years, he played lead guitar for a rock band called "Contagious." They were catchy, but apparently not enough to get a record deal.

Having completed the rigorous Holmes English Literature Curriculum, he graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1991. In 1996, he received his first graduate degree in Counseling. He has continued his studies with 36 credit hours of graduate-level Reading courses.

Wayne Thomas Batson has spent the last fifteen years teaching Reading and English to middle schools students. He pioneered the active instruction of Strategic Reading in Anne Arundel County and has written Reading and English Curricula for Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, and Howard County Public Schools. Most recently, he helped develop the Challenge Reading Curriculum for advanced readers in Howard County, Maryland.
Wayne Thomas Batson lives in Eldersburg with his beautiful wife of eleven years and his four wonderful young children. Besides dividing his time between family, teaching, and writing, he likes to read, golf, play PS2, travel to the beach, play electric guitar, and create 3D artwork.

Wayne Thomas Batson is the Bestselling author of five adventure novels including the fantasy epic Door Within Trilogy and the pirate duo Isle of Swords and Isle of Fire. A middle school Reading and English teacher for 18 years, Batson loves to challenge--and be challenged by--his students. So, when he began writing stories to supplement the school district's curriculum, it was his students who taught their teacher a lesson. Batson's students were so taken by one of the stories that, over a thirteen year span, they pushed him to make it into a full-length novel. That story became The Door Within. Since then, Batson's students continue to be his frontline editors. Says Batson, "Two things you can count on from middle school students: Intelligence and Honesty. Kids are so much more perceptive than a lot of us 'Big Folk' give them credit for. And when something's not write in the story, they'll tell you about in very clear terms." Batson is teaming up with author and friend Christopher Hopper for a new book series, The Berinfell Prophecies. The first book, Curse of the Spider King, hit bookstores in October 2009. It promises to turn the traditional "portal fantasy" on its head, posing the question: What would happen if the fantasy came to us? Batson believes his books appeal to so many kids and adults because, at a deep level, we all long to do something that matters, and we all dream of another world.

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