This tale captivates the reader and sweeps him/her back in time on a whirlwind ride through storm-swept seas and lush tropical jungles inhabited by dangerous beasts. --Cindy Vallar, Pirates and Privateers
Salgari's pirate tale
is chock full of action, [like] the better dime-novel adventures of the late 19th-early 20th century, Douglas Fairbanks' Sr. swashbuckling movies, or the Indiana Jones films -- this is the sort of thing Salgari has put to paper.
--George Dodds, Sfsite.com
Selected by Julia Eccleshare
as one of the 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up
Sandokan was included in Lucy Daniel's Defining Moments in Books: The Greatest Books, Writers, Characters, Passages and Events that Shook the Literary World.