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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Price of Freedom Kindle Edition
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i appreciate how the author went through loads of research to illustrate the sort of lives that the characters went through. many things, such as the information and statistics for how fast a given ship could actually sail, are very realistic and true to history.
overall, this book exceeded by expectations and i found it one of the most enjoyable reads of my life.
Still, it is hard for me to review a book without giving away to much of the plot for people who don't like "spoilers".
It is a long book and I did order the hardback "old-fashioned" version so it was not a book that could be easily carried around for reading outside the home and with my limited reading time it took me nearly all summer to read it. Plot wise it could have been a little shorter because sometimes in the later chapters I had to take time to look back to events that had been written about in earlier chapters when they were refrenced in the later chapters. And I admit that I am familiar with (and do enjoy) fan fiction and this book did remind me of that writing style. I also wished that there could have been a few illustrations of Jack as a young man. I can find pictures of Johnny Depp when he was approximately the ages of Jack in the book but a drawing by a talented Disney artist would have been appreceited. And the flashback style of writing was sometimes a bit confusing, but the scenes in Shipwreck Cove seemed to be well written and more enjoyable reading than the "present day" scenes; especially when the Pirate Lords call up Davy Jones.
I have not read any of the young readers books that have been written about Jack's boyhood so I don't know how they might relate to A.C. Crispin's book. It was interesting to see how she wove in the characters of Barbossa and Pintel and Ragetti. I really liked her portrayal of Captain Teague.
As for Jack not being in character, I suppose that can be attributed to this book being set in his younger years when he was still developing into the Jack we know and love. The chapter Revelations has a cute scene when Jack is searched by the prison guard and a very Jack (yet Disney discreet) love scene.
My favorite character (outside of Jack, of course) was Robbie Greene, especially after I read the last paragraph of the acknowledgments.
But still, even though this book was not perfect or quite as rousing an adventure as I had hoped for, I still hope Ms. Crispin will write at least one more Pirate book. I want to know how Jack met poor, long suffering Mr. Gibbs! And why said Gibbs puts up with Jack.
It felt like I was right there with Jack & everyone throughout all their adventures, found myself missing everyone soon as I finished the last page *hugs book to chest* i can see myself reading this many more times in the future (i also plan buying this as birthday/christmas gifts).
The first meeting of Jack/Barbossa was different than I expected but it was interesting... loved having a little more insight into Hector (maybe disney will commission his backstory as well... i would buy it)
I didn't care for Cutler Beckett in POTC but I wanted to strangle him even more in the book... i had a little sympathy for him in a flashback scene but it was ripped away not very long after... miss crispin did an excellent job fleshing him out and giving him more depth.
Teague is a bit of bastard haha, but he's an intriguing person... wouldn't want to be on his bad side haha.
the novel answers alot of questions I had about Jack but still leaves a few I'm hoping Disney will answer one day.
Miss Crispin's writing sucks you right in and doesn't let go, I found it very hard to put it down.
Highly recommend this book! :) many kudos to Anne Crispin, hope they tap you for the next 'Pirates' book (if there will be one down the road)
In my opinion, i would love for disney to adapt this into a feature film (I could see Jordana Brewster as Esmeralda, what do you think?)