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The Angel's Command (Castaways of the Flying Dutchman Series #2)

The Angel's Command (Castaways of the Flying Dutchman Series #2)

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by Brian Jacques

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Ben and his black labrador, castaways from the legendary ghost ship Flying Dutchman, swore never to go to sea again. But fate casts them adrift once more on a French pirate ship, with two villainous sea captains--and a ghost--in pursuit.


Ben and his black labrador, castaways from the legendary ghost ship Flying Dutchman, swore never to go to sea again. But fate casts them adrift once more on a French pirate ship, with two villainous sea captains--and a ghost--in pursuit.

Editorial Reviews

In this Redwall Castaways novel, Ben and Ned continue their nautical adventures. As in Castaways of the Flying Dutchman (to which this is a stand-alone sequel), our 17th-century heroes sail from danger to danger. This episode finds the boy and his dog on board a Frenchman's pirate ship, pursued by not one but two hostile vessels -- a Spanish buccaneer and an English privateer. Even landfall brings them no rest. After they escape into the Pyrenees, they stumble into a pack of gypsy thieves. Superlative swashbuckling excitement.
Publishers Weekly
In this sequel to Castaways of the Flying Dutchman, young Ben and his faithful black Labrador, Ned, having escaped the ghostly ship's hellish curse but bound to wander the world for eternity lending a helping hand wherever needed, return for another spate of adventures. Once again, Jacques spins a rousing yarn that fairly bursts at the seams with exciting escapades, exotic locations, poems, shanties, treachery and derring-do as the heroes travel from the pirate-infested Caribbean to a cave awash with evil magic high in the Pyr n es. If Jacques piles it on a bit thick in what actually becomes two separate tales-one a sea voyage and the other an overland trek-the sheer storytelling vigor is hard to resist. The second half of the book proves especially enticing, when Ben and his dog, who communicate telepathically and whose affectionate sparring provides much of the book's spark, team up with a feisty gypsy girl and a young artist to save the long-lost son of a nobleman. As in all of Jacques's books, he conjures a colorful, fully realized world (particularly the gastronomic delights) and injects the pages with plenty of snappy repartee ("Cease cackling like a market goose, you old relic," the nobleman calls affectionately to his cook). Readers can once again take satisfaction in the fact that virtue is rewarded, evil-doers get their comeuppance and good triumphs over evil in Jacques's universe. All ages. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Ben and Ned, a Labrador, immortal refugees from the Flying Dutchman, must leave the Caribbean on the pirate ship La Petite Marie. They find themselves in the middle of a gripping sea chase, with two other pirate ships in pursuit. After many adventures at sea, Ben and Ned finally make it safely to France and begin a quest to find a nobleman's lost son. They meet Karay, a girl who uses keen observation to tell people's "fortunes" and Dominic, a very gifted artist. The four journey through the land, are captured by Gypsies, and free a man imprisoned in a bear suit. Alas, Ben and Ned can never stay in one place for long else their immortality is noticed and they must leave their good friends. This book is really two smaller, very different books. The first and second parts really have no relation to each other beyond the presence of Ben and Ned. They also have very different tones; the first a high-adventure sea story, the second a quest with more interesting characters. Part one might be a bit hard for someone unfamiliar with "sea lingo" to follow, but is exciting, nonetheless. Elliot's small black and white drawings sprinkled throughout the text add a unique flavor to this two-toned adventure story. 2003, Philomel,
— Amie Rose Rotruck
This charming yet haunting story of a boy and his dog, fated by an angel to wander the earth for eternity doing good deeds for others, will appeal to any reader looking for the next step after Avi's The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle (Orchard, 1990/VOYA December 1990). Ben and Ned's plight is well detailed, entwining seemingly unconnected episodes into a single tale of their unending journey that will keep most teens interested. VOYA Codes: 3Q 4P M (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8). 2003, Philomel, 372p,
— Ali Daniels, Teen Reviewer
School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up-This installment in the series is not Jacques at his best. It is 1628, and Ben and his dog, Ned, have been charged by an angel to wander the world helping people. To aid them, they have been given the ability to communicate telepathically. Early in the book they point out to a French buccaneer, Raphael Thuron, that the Spanish pirate with whom he is gambling is cheating. After that, the captain keeps them close, for luck, as his ship, La Petite Marie, races away from the Spanish ship as well as an English privateer. Their story ends, at least for now, on a beach with a priest who is conveniently the younger brother of the now dead Thuron. When Ben presents him with the pirate captain's ill-gotten gains, the priest's days of worry about his "children" and the parish are ended. Another adventure, set in the mountains, is sandwiched in between the tavern in Cartagena and the beach. With the exception of the English privateer, the characters lack a distinctive voice, and the constant and secret wisecracking between Ben and Ned gets a little annoying. In addition, Jacques, who is usually so good with setting a scene and putting readers right into it, fails to capture life on a ship. There are guest appearances by the Flying Dutchman to add a level of spookiness, and the plot is almost nonstop action, with lots of swordplay, an avalanche, and a shark attack. A book for fans of the first "Dutchman" title.-Patricia A. Dollisch, DeKalb County Public Library, Decatur, GA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Buccaneers and privateers, Carib hunters with poisoned darts, killer sharks, fiends, angels, and insane Captain Vanderdecken of the ghost ship Flying Dutchman converge in this rousing second installment in Jacques's Castaways of the Flying Dutchman (2001). Ben and his faithful black Labrador, Ned, the only two to escape Captain Vanderdecken's doomed ship in the first volume of the series, return to sail with buccaneer Captain Raphael Thuron, the terror of the Caribbean. The immortal duo, who communicate telepathically, continue the mission of the Angel of the Lord: "to do good and help others wherever the need arose." After swashbuckling adventures in the Caribbean and the sinking of Thuron's La Petite Marie, Ben and Ned find their mission: go to France, rescue the nephew of Comte Vicente Bregon of Veron, and help Father Mattieu, Captain Thuron's younger brother. Rescuing Adamo means entering the clutches of evil Maguda Razan in her caves in the Spanish Pyrenees, and a new round of adventures begins. Joining Ben and Ned are Dominic, the legendary Facemaker of Sabada, and Karayna, gypsy singer and accomplished pickpocket. Labyrinthine passageways, hideous tortures, the cobra-like Maguda, avalanches, and the help of new friends make this a faster-paced read than its predecessor. Jacques's formula works well again. Readers always know who the good and bad guys are, and vivid language, larger-than-life characters, and multiple story lines yield a sprawling, epic tale. Anyone, young and old, who enjoys being immersed in big, romantic adventures, will love this series. Young readers hooked by Jacques's storytelling magic in Castways and the Redwall series are destined to be readers for life.May his readers be legion.
From the Publisher
"It has all the elements that make Jacques' books sing—terrific description, wonderful characters, and the power to transport you to an unforgettable place." —Detroit Free Press

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Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
Castaways , #2
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18 Years

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Almost nonstop action. (School Library Journal)

Meet the Author

Brian Jacques was both a master storyteller and a jack-of-all-trades. He lived the life of a sailor, actor, stand-up comedian, radio host, bobby, even a bus driver. He was the recipient of an honorary doctorate in literature from the University of Liverpool and a New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty-five books for younger readers, including the wildly popular Redwall series. Dr. Jacques was a lifelong resident of Liverpool, England.

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Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
June 15, 1939
Date of Death:
February 5, 2011
Place of Birth:
Liverpool, England
Place of Death:
Liverpool, England
St. John¿s School, Liverpool, England

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Angel's Command (Castaways of the Flying Dutchman Series #2) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book and loved it! This book has everything! Adventure, comedy, friendship, and cliff hangers that makes you keep wondering "what's going to happen?". This book is for everyone and it is a "can't put it down". After you finish this book you must continue with the next one. I highly recommend this book for people who love adventure books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I read this book, I felt that this was the book for me. What I like about the book is that there are multiple perspectives to this book. that way I'll be excited to read the next part of the book. Some times the perspectives mesh together. That's alright with me. Makes an encounter happen. Then it'll be even more exciting. What drove me to buy the book was because I read a lot of Brian Jacques's books. He does the same with all of them. I'm not saying thats bad though. My favorite part in the book is when the privateer gets a new ship to ride. Although thats a bad thing, I like it when captain Red jack Teal loads up with grape shot. My least favorite part is when Adamo comes in with Arnela and Karay on his back. It made me not want to look for a little while but then, I read on.
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Brennan Lambert More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Brian Jacques books and I really enjoyed this book. I recommend you read the others first
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this story in my opinion is amazing everything is described in a way with such detail and you can relate to the characters. i totally recommend this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this book is the work of a genius! I mean, having a book where a boy can comunicate with his dong! Awesome! And it is sad but yet adventurous and just outstanding! I love this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great and I love the series. I can't wait foe the next one to come out. They are full of adventure and action. Love it
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is phenomanal. It has more action than the first book, but you have to read the first book for this one to make any since. This book has the most action and adventure packed into one book that I have ever seen! This book is crazy good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this book far better than the first one. They spent more time fighting pirates and less time solving riddles. I just couldn't get over the high seas chase, and the adventure into the mountains. This book should be read by everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is compelling, innovative, and just plain great. It shows true human relationship and how 1 simple thing can change everything.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Castaways, but this book was twice as good! More of everything that was good about the first book - more pirate adventures, more excitement and friendship and adventure, with a whole host of more interesting and likeable characters to boot. The best book by Brian Jaques I have read. The only small disappointment was a lack of the traditional Jaques riddle-solving, but the adventure sweeps you up so much you don't really notice... I really hope he continues this series. I love joining Ben and Ned on their adventures.