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The Boy Who Led Them [Kindle Edition]

George Chittenden
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Book Description

When Stanley finds a two-hundred year old message from Jacob Swift, the king of smugglers, he gets caught up in an adventure that may solve all of his problems and a mystery several hundred years in the making.
Raised by a fisherman on the English Channel and taken under the wing of the fearsome Billy Bates, Jacob Swift was leading the country’s most successful smuggling gang at fifteen, landing cargoes of brandy, tobacco and silk along the Kent coast whilst fighting battles with rival gangs and Customs officers on land and sea.

But when the king of smugglers gets caught up in a plot to steal a priceless treasure he makes an enemy with enough power to bring his empire to its knees.

This is a story of honour, loyalty and England’s troubled past. A story of treasure lost and finally found.

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About the Author

George Chittenden was born and raised in Kent, and is the youngest of six children from a working class family. He loves to travel and spends several months a year exploring faraway lands and fuelling his imagination. When at home George teaches local history in the medieval city of Canterbury.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1197 KB
  • Print Length: 217 pages
  • Publisher: Austin Macauley Publishers (January 5, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0098NL4UU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,494,199 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Refreshing Historical Fiction! July 6, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Another powerful and engaging Historical Fiction novel as George Chittenden nails down the brilliant story with enough of gravity to give it a weighty feeling.
Though the main hero is supposed to be Stanley who's bullied at school for being raised by a single mother and living under poverty, the main center of attraction in story is rather the notorious smuggler Jacob Swift.

Up on a weekend morning as the sun raises and lays it's golden rays on the innocent and smearing face of Stanley, he stumbles on a decision of whether to attend his school the next day and face the absolute turmoil.He jumps on his bicycle and rides straight to the beach to clear his thoughts. Strolling around the water and wandering mindlessly, he finds a bottle with an enclosed message of over 200 years old, non other than of the notorious smuggler "Jacob Swift".
Curious as never before, after glancing through the mysterious message which reads of some hidden treasure, Stanley heads out towards a local maritime museum having a very old existence and deep connection with History.
There he meets Reg Cooper, the old docent(The narrator of the entire story).

Immediately the story kicks in with the narration by Reg Cooper, the old docent and the only one to know the actual True history of Jacob Swift.
Reg, having all the time in universe, briefly narrates the entire story right from the uprising of Jacob Swift as a fisherman's son being expelled from school to being employed by the King of smugglers "Billy Bates". Yielding some similar connections between Stanley and Jacob, Stanley quickly grabs on the curiosity to discover the history and to decode the mysterious message he found enclosed in the bottle.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Overall a great adventure story March 15, 2013
By Rachel
Format:Paperback
I received a copy of this book through First Reads from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This book opens with Stanley, being raised by a single mom, in a cramped apartment, with little money, and being teased at school for all of it.

One morning while out at the beach to clear his thoughts, Stanley finds an old bottle, corked up with a mysterious message inside and decides to investigate at the small local maritime museum to see if he can make sense of it. At the museum, Stanley meets Reg, the old docent, who spends most of his days alone in the museum hoping the day will bring a guest. Stanley becomes interested in several pieces in the museum, and Reg begins telling Stanley the story of Jacob Swift, notorious smuggler from centuries ago.

The story Reg tells Stanley about Jacob Swift is an exciting story, but, it is relayed to the reader exactly as Reg tells it to Stanley. And, there are only a couple chapters scattered through the rest of the book where things come back to Reg and Stanley. I think the book could have benefitted from starting Swift's story as being told by Reg to Stanley, but then switching to kind of a flashback mode and allowing the rest of Swift's tale to be written in more of a present-tense.

It turns out Stanley's message in the bottle contains a clue to the location of a priceless gem, that has been lost for ages. As a docent, Reg is an expert on the lore and legend of Jacob Swift, and has spent much of his life trying to ferret out a connection between Jacob and the gem. The part of the story about Jacob Swift is definitely a swash-buckling adventure tale, and I absolutely love some of the action scenes, they're fast-paced and well-worded.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review March 16, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The Boy Who Led Them is an amazing book! I strongly recommend it to people who enjoy old stories, pirate stories, and old tales. I absolutely loved this book! It was cleverly written, the story itself was wonderful, and I enjoyed meeting the different characters in the tale told by Reg Cooper.

George Chittenden wrote a story within a story, which I found was clever. The first chapter is the end of the interesting story that is being told. It certainly made me want to know what would happen next, as well as what had happened before. George delivers that in just the right way.

The characters were fun to discover and meet. I loved getting to know them, and learn their story. The story of smugglers was very well thought out, and just brilliant. The end to The Boy Who Led Them was brilliant and made me feel sad that it had ended. I can't wait to read The Boy Who Felt No Pain, the sequel!.

I don't usually read historical fiction, but I loved this one, and I even plan on buying a paperback copy. There is no doubt when I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. Keep it up George!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Adventure at sea August 23, 2013
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This was such an exciting story about the success of a ragtag child growing up in a small seacoast town in England. The success was on the wrong side of the law in that he was taken into a gang of smugglers. The writer opened up the story by teasing the readers by telling part of the ending. I liked how the writer unfolded the story by having the old curator tell the story to a child who has a hidden part to play in the story.
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