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The Long Patrol (Redwall) Hardcover – February 23, 1998

4.7 out of 5 stars 229 customer reviews
Book 10 of 22 in the Redwall Series

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As young Tammo dreams of joining the Long Patrol--the legendary army of fighting hares that serves the Lady Cregga Rose Eyes, Ruler of Salamandastron--the brutal reality of a battle with Damug Warfang's mighty battalion of savage Rapscallions fast approaches.

Brian Jacques has proved time and time again his ability to transport readers into a world of fantasy and adventure that many writers of adult books would love to emulate. The Long Patrol certainly proves the point yet again, but distinguishes itself by being perhaps the very best of all the Redwall books so far. Relying less and less on the old, familiar Redwall characters and more and more on the ingenuity and passion of younger blood, The Long Patrol will certainly win Jacques a fresh following while continuing to delight his existing army of fans. --Susan Harrison --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Grade 6-8?In this latest "Redwall" entry, Tammo, a young hare, becomes a member of a contingent of fighting forest folk who seek to defend the imperiled Redwall Abbey, led by the badger Lady Cregga Rose Eyes. Tammo and his comrades do battle against the Rapscallion foe, whose leader is the evil greatrat, Damug Warfang. Eventually the forces of good meet and clash with their evil enemies in a battle of legendary proportions. Good triumphs, of course, but not before several noble warriors have met their deaths. There is a tremendous amount of violence in this book. The characters maintain some of their animal characteristics, but it is their human qualities that make them either appealing or repugnant. The bad Rapscallions are thoroughly dishonest, traitorous, and cruel. The badgers, mice, hedgehogs, moles, and other assorted creatures that represent goodness may have foibles but they are unremittingly kind and generous. Pen-and-ink thumbnail sketches appear at the head of each chapter and strongly communicate the sense of drama. Some of the creatures, most notably the laboring class of moles, speak in an impossible, jaw-breaking dialect that may slow some readers down a bit; nevertheless, this is a worthy addition to a series that has found a definite niche among fantasy lovers. It breaks no new ground, but it is a satisfying adventure with a comforting, predictable conclusion. Its closing lines pave the way for yet another sequel.?Bruce Anne Shook, Mendenhall Middle School, Greensboro, NC
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Product Details

  • Series: Redwall (Book 10)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel (February 23, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039923165X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399231650
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is another fascinating bit of fantasy that fits Brian Jacques' winning formula for his Tales from Redwall series. He manages to weave a story around a main character with several related and interwoven sub-stories. Sometimes the description of foods, often unknown to American tastes but within British diet, becomes tedious, and most of the poetry/songs can be passed over to stay with the action of the plot. The characters are delightful and the Redwall Abby ethos and interplay brings many a smile and a chuckle. The champions of kindness, care, and fair play are always pitted against some force of ruthless abuse and oppression over against which they predictably win by holding to courage, sacrifice, and wise counsel. The fierce hares of the long patrol are, as introduced in other Redwall tales, eccentric, funny, and the epitome of the protective warrior ready to lay down their lives for the right. If you enjoy the escapism of fantasy with adventure, humor, and the struggle between good and evil always ending with the good guys winning, even though one or two of them give their lives in the effort, then the Redwall tales and especially "The Long Patrol" are for you.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Jacques, Brian.(1997). The Long Patrol.

New York: Ace books.

this book is about a young hare named Tammo De Fformelo Tussock's journey to becoming a Hare in the Long Patrol. Tammo's father and mother were both Hares of the Long Patrol and therefore, it is Tammo's dream to be a hero like them. Tammo's daring, skills, and bravery eventually make him an honorary hero of the patrol.

As I just said, Tammo wants to become a hare of the long patrol but his dad thinks he is too reckless and won't allow him to go. Tammo's mother thinks it would be good for him to get away so she sneaks him away with a squirrel freind named Russa Nodrey. Russa and Tammo end up right in the middle of a battle of which he meets up with a scout troop of the Long Patrol sent by Salamandrastrons recent badger lady Miss Cregga Rose eyes to look for a band of over one thousand rapscallions who after a brutal fight at Salamandrastron dissapeared. Tammo and the troop led by Major Perigord track and pick off a lost band of the rapscallions army. This eventually leads them to the peaceful abbey of Redwall. They discover that the abbey's south wall is collapsing and decide to stay there to protect the abbey. The rapscallion army is on the move towards the abbey of redwall after a survivor of the lost band saw the sagging abbey wall and reported it to the rapscallion leader, Damug Warfang. Fortunately so did Lady Cregga Rose Eyes with half of the force of Salamandrastron and they have one purpose, and that is to defeat the rapscalion army. The three armies meet on the ridge, rapscallions, the long patrol, and the redwallers, and the long patrol and Redwallers defeat the rapscallion army without letting them ever even see Redwall.

I highly recommend this book to any type of reader.
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This is a definite must-buy for readers. I wouldn't recommend it to people who have never read a Redwall book before, because you need to know a bit about Redwall before you read it. But, if you want to read a funny, clever, detailed, action-packed book, not to mention hungering( the Redwallers make good food), then I suggest this. It makes you feel that you're there. And, unlike some books, it's has action starting at the beginning, and lasting all the way through. It's the kind of book that makes you keep reading: I couldn't put the book down unless I had read 50 or so pages. In a nutshell, it's about a young hare who wanted to join a group of warrior hares called the Long Patrol to do battle with them, but his father won't let him. He runs away from home to join them. He and the Long Patrol band together to defeat a group of vermin called the Rapscallions, who had formerly attacked a mountain called Salamandastron, where they are from. It's perfect if you like anima! ls. There are hares, waterhogs, weasels, ferrets, badgers, shrews, otters, squirrels, moles, and more animals. Their names are interesting, too. The enemy is named Damug Warfang, and the main character is named Tamello de Fformello Tussock. This is also great if you like war. In battle, it describes deaths in ways like,"The weasel looked down at his stomach as a blood-covered arrow seemed to shoot out from it." The way the Redwallers defeated the Rapscallions was amazing. You think they're going to die, then they are saved. You'll have to read it to find out how. This book also has great riddles, and is full of trickery among the animals. Two hares even diguise themselves as Rapscallions. I loved this book, and I'm sure you will too.
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A Kid's Review on October 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
If you're a reader who loves adventure and fantasy I highly recommend this book to you. The Long Patrol is an action packed book filled with mystery and battle.

In this story Tammo, a young hare, runs away from home only to find himself in the Long Patrol, a group of perilous hares who fight evil. Damug Warfang is a evil rat that is going to try to take over Mossflower, a peaceful woodland region. Damug and the thousand vermin at his side attack Tammo and five hundred of the Long Patrol with the mighty badger lord Cregga Rose Eyes. To find who triumphs, read the book.

This book by Brian Jacques is well written in many aspects. He develops the characters so fully he lets you see them in your mind. Jacques also leaves the reader in suspense. For example, he writes, "When she did see it, Tansy was almost lost for words. She stood awestruck at what the flickering lantern light revealed. `Great seasons o' sun an' showers, what is it?'" Jacques doesn't give the end away in the beginning, he spreads the book out. There are multiple battles in the book, with both good and evil winning sporadically, keeping the reader guessing who will ultimately win.

The Long Patrol, and the other books in the series, are for more advanced middle grade readers. This book is not for somebody who is squeamish because there is a lot of violence, but the reader does not need to be blood thirsty either. It is an exciting book for those who can take a little blood and who can enjoy a good fight.
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