Recently I read Castaways of the Flying Dutchman, by Brian Jacques. This book is about a mute boy and his dog that live on the boat, the Flying Dutchman. Suddenly one day, the boat is visited by an angel that gives a message to the crew, "Mortal man, your greed and your cruelty has turned the Maker against you. You will now be forced to sail the waters of this world for eternity". The entire crew perishes except for the boy, Ben, and the dog, Ned because of their "innocence of heart". Soon the pair realizes the angel had granted them immortality and given them the task of helping those in need. Not only did the angel grant them immortality, it also bestowed Ben with speech and allowed Ben and Ned to communicate with each other with their minds. Several hundred years later, the duo reach a small town called Chapleville and decide to stay there awhile. Soon they come to love this town. To their dismay, they later find out that it will be demolished shortly. Now to save their beloved town and those that live there, Ben and his faithful dog Ned must unravel a series of complicated riddles and puzzles before time runs out. Castaways of the Flying Dutchman is a fantasy book set in the year 1896 in the town of Chapeville where Ben and Ned live. The author did a good job of supplying strong details to make the story come alive and giving characters, such as the dog, a strong sense of humor. I would recommend this book to all kids who enjoy fantasy books and have enjoyed other books by Brian Jacques such as the Redwall Series. This was one of the more detailed and interesting fantasy books I have read recently and certainly better then the mystery books I tried. This book was a welcoming change from the author's Redwall books, and certainly was not a disappointment. The book brought new kinds of characters and problems that were different and exciting then those of other books I had read such as Redwall or The Eye of the World. I would say that this book was at least as good as other ones from the author, maybe even better. The author used good examples in his text to make it appear as the story were happening right in front of you rather then you reading a book. The author did such of a good job with the characters that when they succeeded I wanted to jump for joy or the opposite if they were defeated. I only put this book down for school, homework, and dinner it was so good. If you want to read an exciting and thrilling fantasy book, then Castaways of the Flying Dutchman is the book for you.