- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Disney Press; Mti edition (December 18, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1423104552
- ISBN-13: 978-1423104551
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #591,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sins of the Father (Pirates of the Caribbean: Jack Sparrow #10) Paperback – December 18, 2007
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This installment is written well, however. It's a compelling adventure, and funny. Jack is betrayed by his childhood friend, loses and gains and loses his ship The Barnacle, is fired upon by the Royal Navy, nearly walks the plank and tries to break free from the man who raised him, the pirate Teague. A funny bit at the beginning mentions Teague's problems with supporting Jack's hobbies. "He'd had, for example, a particularly difficult time understanding Jack's interest in cosmetics." There are a few nice black and white illustrations.
Here are the other nine titles:
* Vol. 1: The Coming Storm
* Vol. 2: The Siren Song
* Vol. 3: The Pirate Chase
* Vol. 4: The Sword of Cortes
* Vol. 5: Age of Bronze
* Vol. 6: Silver
* Vol. 7: City of Gold
* Vol. 8: The Timekeeper
* Vol. 9: Dance of the Hours
The plot picks up right from the end of book nine, DANCE OF THE HOURS, with a huge betrayal and a sword pointed in Jack's direction. The twist seemed to come out from nowhere, but fit in nicely with the way Kidd has been building up the plots since book one. Things get worse as Jack is carted off to a Royal Navy ship where his father, Pirate Captain Teague has also been captured. Can Jack and his father escape from Admiral Norrington and the East India Trading Company? Or will they hang by the gallows before Tortuga?
The thing that seemed a little off here was actually some of the action scenes. There are numerous sword battles that all seem generally the same, with the same outcomes. And the plot sort of yo-yo's between Jack and crew being captured and not. I almost found myself thinking it was getting a little bit redundant. The only thing that really saved the book was the banter between Jack and his father Teague, and the introduction of Mr. Gibbs, who appears heavily in all three Pirates films.
The other good thing about this volume is Jack's character development. Kidd actually steps up things just a bit in that department, and makes this book more of a soul-searching moment for Jack as he really tries to decide what he should do with his life. Should he become a pirate, the very kind that he detests so much? Or should he follow his own path? Things leave off with Jack trying to decide just that.
This is a fairly solid entry that falls just a little flat. Hopefully book eleven, POSEIDON'S PEAK picks things up.