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Midnight In Never Land Paperback – May 24, 2010
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From the Author
Captain James Matthew Hauke of the Royal Navy ship of the line Man of War has been left by Admiral Horatio Nelson to defend the Caribbean English colony of Dominica from French forces. On a voyage to the American port of New Orleans (just acquired in the Louisiana Purchase) Hauke and his passenger Father Pádraig Smye come across an island undiscovered by the British. There they attempt the daring rescue of a young girl; the daughter of a wealthy plantation owner kidnapped by pirates. Their plan goes terribly wrong once the sun sets and the secret denizens of this lost island come out to play. They are very old... and very hungry.
From the Back Cover
It is 1805. The Captain of a British Man of War chases Napoleon's navy across the Atlantic to the islands of the French Caribbean. An Irish Missionary leaves his duties in the war torn revolutionary nation of Haiti to replenish his faith. A plantation owner and his family move from their London estate to the English frontier colony of Dominica. They all come together in a place that has no name, a place designated on an ancient map only by a warning: Never land.
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This was difficult for me to put down- I read the entire last half of it in one day! The story, although littered with minor comma and occasional spelling errors (I'm not perfect in my grammar, but I know these errors could rub some readers the wrong way), flowed smoothly and the characters were given depth without providing pages and pages of droll background history. While the first chapter did establish main characters, the second chapter is really where the action starts and the darkness of the novel takes shape. The action is described well and painted vivid scenes for my imagination.
Those looking for a darker/bloodier take on the Peter Pan story will most likely enjoy this- it is not an exact copy, but a re-interpretation... imagine it as the "kernel of truth" behind the Peter Pan story.
Two notes for Kindle owners:
1) The story is written with some uncommon words sprinkled throughout and sailing terms (beyond stern and bow, I'm helpless) so the Kindle X-Ray feature was very handy.
2) My Kindle Touch would not skip chapters and I could not select a chapter from the table of contents. This was a minor nuisance, but I thought I would give the warning ahead of time as I'm assuming it's how the edition was programmed.
If you could imagine a world in which there was some small bit of truth behind these legends, and you were very, VERY creative and talented, you might come up with the wonderful novel that Perry Bradford-Wilson and Michael Norris have in `Midnight in Never Land.'
The book's action takes place in a completely believable world where mythological creatures exist side by side with historical fact, in the year 1805. There is an engaging back-story for the Peter Pan tale that we all know, but the book also keeps readers guessing as to what will happen next, and how it will all turn out. The connections between the book's events and various myths are ingenious, but it was the story-telling that had me staying up way too late, reading to find out what would happen to the characters.
Buy this book and read it, but don't say I didn't warn you: you WILL find yourself staying up late and neglecting your responsibilities in order to find out what happens to the characters!