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The Price of Freedom (Pirates of the Caribbean) Hardcover – May 17, 2011

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About the Author

A. C. Crispin is the critically acclaimed author of many bestselling Star Trek and Star Wars novels including theHan Solo Trilogy, and novelizations of the television seriesVand the motion pictureAlien Resurrection.Crispin is also known for her wildly popular original series,Starbridge.Her books have topped theNew York Timeshardcover bestseller list and sold more than a million copies worldwide.

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Product Details

  • Series: Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Editions; 1st edition (May 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423107047
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423107040
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #746,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ann's historical fantasy for young adults, TIME HORSE, is now available as an ebook for Kindle. It's the story of Danielle Tomasky, who is twelve years old and wants nothing in the world but a horse to ride. She finds a horse that turns out to be something extraordinary, and that takes her on a magnificent adventure back to a time that tests every one of Danni's equestrian skills to their limits.


A. C. Crispin's major original science fiction undertaking is the StarBridge series. These books, now available as Kindle ebooks and in audiobook editions from Audible, center around a school for young diplomats, translators and explorers, both alien and human, located on an asteroid far from Earth. There are seven StarBridge books: StarBridge, Silent Dances, Shadow World, Serpent's Gift, Silent Songs, Voices of Chaos, and Ancestor's World.

A. C. wrote prolifically in many different tie-in universes, and was a master at filling in the histories of beloved TV and movie characters. Over the years, she became the unofficial "Queen of Backstory." Ms. Crispin had a unique talent for writing dialog that captured the essence of those characters. She began publishing in 1983 with the Star Trek novel Yesterday's Son, written in her spare time while working for the US Census Bureau. Shortly thereafter, Tor Books commissioned her to write what is perhaps still her most widely read work, the 1984 novelization of the television miniseries, V, which sold more than a million copies. She went on to collaborate on two more books in the V series, East Coast Crisis with Howard Weinstein, and Death Tide with Deborah Marshall.

For Star Wars, she wrote the bestselling Han Solo Trilogy: The Paradise Snare, The Hutt Gambit, and Rebel Dawn, which tell the story of Han Solo from his early years right up to the moment he walks into the cantina in Star Wars: A New Hope. She wrote three other bestselling Star Trek novels: Time for Yesterday, The Eyes of the Beholders, and Sarek.

Crispin and noted author Andre Norton wrote two Witch World novels together, Gryphon's Eyrie and Songsmith. Ann Crispin and Andre Norton were friends for nearly 30 years. Ms. Norton was the first woman to be declared a Grand Master in the field of science fiction and fantasy by Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). Andre Norton's passing brought increasing demand for her works, but a legal battle has tied up the rights to her collaborations with Ms. Crispin.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James R. McCain, Jr. on May 30, 2011
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If you are a Jack Sparrow fan this is a must read. Some have complained about the length but I for one loved the richness of detail. The characterizations were superb and the pace of the book was excellent. You don't need to know anything about the Pirates of the Caribbean to enjoy this book.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By JourneyOn on May 25, 2011
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POTC fan or not, this is not a bad read. To me it reads more like an adventure romance novel you'd pick up in a drugstore; that said, it's not the most corny thing I've ever picked up. As a huge POTC fan, it seems to be a bit too saccharine and a bit too much like fan fiction, with a highly romanticized Jack Sparrow, and it didn't seem so much as a prequel as a story about someone else. It's just plain silly in parts. The author does bring in early renditions of assorted POTC themes and characters, including Shipwreck Cove, Davy Jones, and Captain Teague, and takes some healthy liberties explaining Jack's back story. In spite of some eye-rolling on my part, the author can definitely write, and keeps the action moving along. I don't think of it so much as a POTC novel as much as a sort of slightly cheesy romance fantasy action novel that borrowed heavily from POTC, including the main character. Overall I wince at the saccharine take on POTC, including the fact that Jack comes off like a goody-goody, but appreciate the author definitely has studied the films, weaving a lot of details into this yarn, and it's decent writing. Younger teenage girls and people who like the better class of drugstore romance might like this, and the details about the ships and sailing them were interesting and evidently well-researched.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Matthew A. Bille on May 29, 2011
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Ann Crispin has, in this book, taken on an almost impossible task: capturing Johnny Depp's unique character on paper. If she falls a hair short, it's likely because 100% success in that task really is impossible. (Full disclosure: Ann is a friend of mine.) But she comes very close, and she tells a ripping good adventure yarn in the process.
When we meet young Jack Sparrow, he has some of his trademark idiosyncracies, but he's making his way as an honest, even principled officer in the merchant trade. He's a pirate who ran away fom piracy under a death sentence from his fellows. Jack has no problem with the pirate's life of armed robbery. However, he has one core value (although I was not clear on exactly how it was instilled in him). That value is the unwillingness to see anyone unjustly imprisoned or enslaved, and that gets him in trouble with both pirates and "honest" people. When he tries going straight, he initially finds that he likes living the captain's life without the constant fear of a noose. However, Cutler Beckett (who Crispin manages to make a three-dimensional if still villianous character) is going to teach Jack that the "honest" life can require compromising himself until he yearns for the freedom of the pirate's way. All this is explored in a world of magical trappings, a hidden island, two beautiful women who love Jack, a fabled lost treasure, and a rich portrait of life on a sailing ship of Jack's era. There are swordfights, rescues, and displays of Jack's ability to improvise his way out of almost - almost - any situation. There are some comic moments, such as a servant in Beckett's home explaining the newly fashionable concept of a "bath" to the puzzled pirate and Jack's attempt to mount a rescue on horseback when he has only the vaguest idea how to ride.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. KAPLAN on June 25, 2011
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When I was a kid, I read Tim Powers' On Stranger Tides, and loved its mix of pirates and magic. When the Pirates of the Caribbean movies came out, I became a huge fan for the same reasons. I wanted more stories along those lines, so when this tie-in novel (the first Pirates of the Caribbean novel not aimed at grade school readers) came along, I couldn't wait to read it.

Unlike many tie-in novels, it's a substantial read, at over 650 pages. It's also satisfying, without feeling overlong or superfluous. It tells the story of young Jack Sparrow at a couple of turning points in his life. In it, A.C. Crispin captures the feel of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and the voice of Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow, without directly copying stuff from the movies.

What makes this novel interesting to me is the focus on Sparrow himself. In the movies, he's entertaining, but the sort of character who can't grow or develop or change. The movies are about his adventures, but they aren't about him. This novel gives fans a unique opportunity to see Jack develop into the man we see on the screen. It wouldn't necessarily make a good Pirates movie, because it deviates too far from that formula. But as a novel, it makes a good supplement.

My one real complaint is that Crispin alludes to numerous events in Jack's childhood which really should be as important as the stuff we actually do see in the book. I have to guess that these events are depicted in the juvenile chapter books that have already been published. That's fine, but those books are mostly out of print now, and also aimed at a different audience than this novel. So it would have been nice, as an older reader, to get some more detail in this book.
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