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The Buccaneers (High Seas Trilogy) Paperback – February 11, 2003
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acked with as much excitement and adventure as its predecessors (The Wreckers and The Smugglers), Lawrence's conclusion to the High Seas trilogy opens as John Spencer, now 17 and a seasoned sailor, takes his shift steering the Dragon (purchased by his father in The Smugglers) and spots a lifeboat. On their way from England to the Indies carrying a cargo of wool, the Dragon's crew members get their first taste of impending danger after they rescue from the lifeboat a stranger whose mysterious history connects him to a crew massacred by a band of pirates led by the malicious Captain Bartholomew Grace. As fate would have it, the Dragon ends up playing a deadly game of cat and mouse with Grace's vessel, the Apostle. Tension mounts after the Dragon's captain is stricken with fever and it is up to John to steer his boat home to safety. This high-seas tale set in the 19th century offers plenty of full-blooded salty characters, cunning dialogue, surprises around every corner and a classic battle between good and evil. The author's first-hand knowledge of sailing and skill at building suspense will keep readers riveted from first page to last. Ages 10-up.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Gr. 5-8. This swashbuckling tale concludes the trilogy begun with The Wreckers (1998) and The Smugglers (1999). The story opens with John Spencer, now 16 years old, once more accompanying Captain Butterfield on a voyage aboard the Dragon. Sailing the schooner toward the Caribbean, they find a lifeboat floating in open seas and rescue its occupant, Mr. Horn, who joins the crew. Although he proves a useful addition in many ways, one of the sailors declares Horn to be "a Jonah," who will bring misfortune on the ship. And misfortunes certainly occur, from piracy and pestilence to storms and skullduggery. But like John, readers will find treasure and adventure here. In a wonderfully rounded ending to the series, the Dragon emerges from a fog and heads straight toward the Tombstones, those jagged rocks that caused the wreck of the Isle of Skye, with John Spencer aboard, as the first book began. A fine conclusion, sure to please the many readers who enjoyed the first two books in this richly atmospheric trilogy. Carolyn Phelan
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I didn't expect to like the book. I did. How's that for a review in one sentence? ;-)
But seriously, Iain does a great job of keeping you guessing about what's REALLY going on with the wreckers. You sympathize with John's lack of trust and hesitate with him in making decisions. Some things I expected, but others were a surprise. The writing is easy to read, being appropriate for its intended audience, and while this isn't a story or series to get super wrapped up in, it's still an engaging, nice story.
Yes, there are nautical terms, but this doesn't detract from the story. Either you love nautical books and will be able to follow with no issue, or you can accept that they are talking about different parts of the ship - either you'll care and look them up, or you won't and you'll keep reading. Regardless, the story moves along fine without getting caught up in the terms, especially since this story largely takes place on land.
The Smugglers (Book 2)
Even though this is book 2 in the High Seas Trilogy, it can absolutely stand alone. Actually, every book in the series stands alone. There may be a thing or two that ties over from a previous work, but nothing that affects the ease of reading the story or would cause confusion.
I didn't find this story as engaging as The Wreckers. Again, parts were obvious, but even what wasn't guess-able just wasn't as well executed. Still enjoyable and appropriate for the target audience.
The Buccaneers (Book 3)
This is definitely my least favorite in the trilogy. The first book definitely feels like it could be a true story, the second book feels more like fiction, but this one seems almost fanciful. Too many coincidences or things just working out for my tastes. It's not a bad book, but its forgettable. If this was the first book in the trilogy, I probably wouldn't have read the sequels as it's just alright. As is, it's a weak way to end the series. Given the quality of the first book, and even the second to some extent, this book was disappointing.
I thought the book was hard to start but t was got better after a cupple chapters. There was alot of action latter in the book. I like a book wth alot of action in the whole book so i might be differnt for other people.
Once agn he only part I did not like is the begining. Al they did was sail around. I thought it good at the part with the storm. Also when they got to the island.
Over all t was very good book. I woul recamend you read the first two books before this one they do not talk about the characters very much. I like the plot and theme of this book. it was a good book.
There are many great things about this book. I really appreciated how the author used descriptive words in almost every sentence. I also really liked the setting of the story, Central American waters in the early 1800's.
What can I say, the author did such a good job writing this book there is not to much he can improve on. He could probably describe the characters a little better though.
In the long run I would give this book a rating of five on a scale from one to five.