- File Size: 790 KB
- Print Length: 363 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Points of Sail Publishing; 5 edition (December 14, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 14, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0094QU1U0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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About when they went looking for treasure in the islands with all sorts of caves (in sand-spit islands?) is where I gave up in disgust.
Tho only consolation is that it was free for Prime members. How it got so many good reviews is beyond me. Total waste of time for adults.
After this introduction, the book explores Edward's past, including the puzzling loss of his father (is he dead or just missing?), and Edward's relationship with the mysterious Ben Hornigold, who has sold him a ship with locked cabins.
Edward is happy to have bought the ship at a bargain, but when its sail is unfurled, a skull and crossbones is revealed. The ship comes under constant attack, and seems almost cursed. After a few misunderstandings, Edward and his crew mates are labeled pirates. At first, Edward resists the label, even though he begins to live the lifestyle. However, with each new struggle, he comes to feel true freedom can only be found as an outlaw on the sea (hence the name of the boat, Freedom).
As Stevenson knew, the best pirate combines terror with charm, and Edward has that in spades. He upholds his own sense of justice, and even helps to create the Ten Commandments of Pirates. He tolerates women on the ship, as long as they work disguised as men. One of the women becomes special to him, creating the tension of an impossible romance. I shared this book with both my son and daughter, and my daughter loved the author's inclusion of sword-packing, adventurous women.
Edward races from challenge to challenge, all while trying to evade the Marines. When he discovers that certain cabins of the ship are locked, the ship becomes a puzzle in itself. I loved the fast pace of the book and the imaginative adventures. The author's research into pirate lore and speak set this book apart in my mind, and really helped me to get lost in a prior time.
I noticed another reviewer criticized the ending and I don't understand that. Without giving any spoilers, I can say it's a cliffhanger, which gives me hope there's a sequel. This book is a bargain and I highly recommended for both adult pirate lovers and both boys and girls who can handle complex chapter books (usually 10 and up).
But it's where McLean strays from this template that this story really shines. There really is a lot going on within the pages of Blackbeard's Freedom. We see the rise of a pirate, we get a full on treasure hunt, and we get tons of sea battles. On top of all that, we get to see the morality of what it means to be a pirate get questioned and find out that there might be worthwhile reasons to head into the realm of pirating...ones I won't divulge here.
This book itself is quite the adventure. The old style adventure serial seems to take over the narrative whenever these hardy seafarers find themselves on land, and a sea shanty plays in your head whenever they aren't.
In fact, there's really only one thing I can truly say negative about this tale of buccaneering, which is that it could do with a good edit. The book is long, and there are more than a couple times in which it reads as such. One you get to the final third of the book, it speeds you forward, but the first two thirds can suffer from time to time with the issue of fulfilling unnecessary pieces of the narrative.
But that shouldn't be taken as a reason to not read this book. If you have any interest in pirates, this book will give you more than you could even ask for. If you love adventure tales, this one will definitely quench your thirst. If you love a grand epic read that leads well toward future adventures, then you need look no further. Blackbeard's Freedom is a great read.