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The Buccaneers

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    Ron Keith(Narrator),Iain Lawrence(Author),Recorded Books(Publisher)

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"There’s pirates in the West Indies. Cannibals. They cook you alive," says Mr. Spencer to his son. These words will come to haunt 17-year-old John as he embarks on his first voyage to foreign lands. Carrying cargo destined for Jamaica, John and his crew of the Dragon set off for waters few of them have sailed before. So when they come upon a lifeboat adrift at sea, some are wary of the sailor aboard. Something about his story doesn’t quite make sense. Still, John respects the stranger’s awe-inspiring seamanship. With Horn on deck, he feels the Dragon is in the best of hands.
But is Horn to be trusted? The answer becomes muddled as the Dragon encounters a very real — and very dangerous — pirate ship. Now John starts to believe his father’s warnings, especially after he becomes stranded on an island reputed to have buried treasure. A place teeming with buccaneers!

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  • By C. Tracy on July 3, 2013

    I read this book back in 2003 when "Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl" was released. I'm re-reading it 10 years later. It is a storyline that read once is not enough. Lawrence's expert maritime knowledge and writing style draws you in and does not let you go. The character development is genuine, personal and, at times, cruel. Young-adult genre, but all ages would endear the book. Why? The strong plot pulls you aboard a schooner, sails you all over the Caribbean, and hurls you into a pirate nightmare, by means of carefully crafted sentences as strong as the "Dragon" schooner itself. "All were captured in their little worlds, granted by Horn the wish he believed they wanted, to run forever before winds that were fair,"[p.34].

  • By isaac on July 17, 2014

    really good book

  • By Otto52 on August 18, 2014

    Very interesting series.

  • By Amanda on September 23, 2015

    The Wreckers (Book 1)I didn't expect to like the book. I did. How's that for a review in one sentence? ;-)But seriously, Iain does a great job of keeping you guessing about what's REALLY going on with the wreckers. You sympathize with John's lack of trust and hesitate with him in making decisions. Some things I expected, but others were a surprise. The writing is easy to read, being appropriate for its intended audience, and while this isn't a story or series to get super wrapped up in, it's still an engaging, nice story.Yes, there are nautical terms, but this doesn't detract from the story. Either you love nautical books and will be able to follow with no issue, or you can accept that they are talking about different parts of the ship - either you'll care and look them up, or you won't and you'll keep reading. Regardless, the story moves along fine without getting caught up in the terms, especially since this story largely takes place on land.4 starsThe Smugglers (Book 2)Even though this is book 2 in the High Seas Trilogy, it can absolutely stand alone. Actually, every book in the series stands alone. There may be a thing or two that ties over from a previous work, but nothing that affects the ease of reading the story or would cause confusion.I didn't find this story as engaging as The Wreckers. Again, parts were obvious, but even what wasn't guess-able just wasn't as well executed. Still enjoyable and appropriate for the target audience.3.5 starsThe Buccaneers (Book 3)This is definitely my least favorite in the trilogy. The first book definitely feels like it could be a true story, the second book feels more like fiction, but this one seems almost fanciful. Too many coincidences or things just working out for my tastes. It's not a bad book, but its forgettable. If this was the first book in the trilogy, I probably wouldn't have read the sequels as it's just alright. As is, it's a weak way to end the series. Given the quality of the first book, and even the second to some extent, this book was disappointing.3 stars.

  • By Class 15 on April 6, 2005

    This book is about a nineteen year old boy named John Spencer. He tells the story in his own perspective. In this book, the third book of a wonderful series about John and his many adventures at sea, John and his crewmates on The Dragon, battle pirates, deliver cargo to a port in the West Indies, find ghost ships at sea, and have many other exciting adventures before they return to their home country of England.There are many great things about this book. I really appreciated how the author used descriptive words in almost every sentence. I also really liked the setting of the story, Central American waters in the early 1800's.What can I say, the author did such a good job writing this book there is not to much he can improve on. He could probably describe the characters a little better though.In the long run I would give this book a rating of five on a scale from one to five.

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