Demons of the Ocean (Vampirates Series #1)

Demons of the Ocean (Vampirates Series #1)

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by Justin Somper, John Curless

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Twins, Connor and Grace, never dreamed that there was any truth to the Vampirate shanty their father sang to them before he died, but that was before the two were shipwrecked and separated from each other. For Connor, who is taken aboard a pirate ship, there's the chance to learn to swordfight, but for Grace, aboard a mysterious ship of vampire pirates, the danger


Twins, Connor and Grace, never dreamed that there was any truth to the Vampirate shanty their father sang to them before he died, but that was before the two were shipwrecked and separated from each other. For Connor, who is taken aboard a pirate ship, there's the chance to learn to swordfight, but for Grace, aboard a mysterious ship of vampire pirates, the danger is great. What will it take for them to find each other?

"Totally original...I wish I'd had this idea." -Anthony Horowitz

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Publishers Weekly
Set in the 26th century on Australia's Crescent Moon Bay, Somper's portmanteau of two fiction favorites-pirates and vampires-is a gleefully quick read. When lighthouse keeper Dexter Tempest passes away, heavily laden with debt, his 14-year-old twin children, Connor and Grace, find themselves suddenly homeless. The teens cannot bear the offer of sanctuary from the town's wealthy bank manager ("I'd rather die," says Connor), so they steal their father's boat and cast out to sea. A storm quickly dashes their vessel, and Connor is rescued by a passing pirate ship. Grace has been rescued, too, but by the Vampirate ship, "a dark ship that has been sailing through all eternity," the topic of a beloved shanty the twins' father always sang to them. The narrative alternates between the two ships, painting a vivid picture of life on a pirate ship while simultaneously stretching and teasing out the mystery of the vampirates for much of the book. Grace eventually meets the captain of her ship, an elusive figure who lets slip that he may have known their father-and later learns that she is to be the ship's new "donor." Somper deftly draws parallels to the real world-its hungers, its sicknesses, its gluttony-with his fascinating vampire captain, who imposes a strict regimen of "take only the blood you need" on his crew, ensuring that the donors remain healthy, too. An enigmatic conclusion leaves the galley door wide open for sequels. Ages 8-12. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Kathleen Foucart
Grace and Connor have grown up in the town of Crescent Moon Bay where their father was the lighthouse keeper. Always outsiders, the twins decide to run away after their father's death, rather than live with the banker and his wife or go to the orphanage. But a sudden storm causes their boat to wreck, separating the twins. Connor is picked up by Cheng Li, the second-in-command on The Diablo, a pirate ship. But Grace is picked up by a very different ship--a ship their father sang a shanty about; the Vampirate ship. Slowly Grace and Connor learn about the new worlds that they have stumbled into. Connor learns piracy from Captain Wrathe and his crew, while Grace is kept safe by the Captain of the Vampirates and the man who pulled her from the ocean, Lorcan. But when Grace's safety is threatened by a rogue Vampirate, the Captain comes to her rescue in more ways than he might have realized. Thoroughly entertaining and wonderfully original, this title is a wonderful adventure. Set mainly in the year 2512, Somper uses a mix of modern language, old village life, and life after a �second flood' as the backdrop for his version of life on the high seas. Fans of piracy, vampires, and just plain entertaining stories will love to read about Grace and Connor's journey to find each other again, and will beg for more from this talented author.
VOYA - Eileen Kuhl
This winning fantasy features both pirates and vampires with adventure, bloodcurdling action, and sinister characters. Twins Connor and Grace are shipwrecked in a storm as they flee home after their father's death. Connor is rescued by pirates, but Grace is saved by the mythical Vampirate's ship about which her father had always sung. In alternating chapters, Grace and Connor face one dangerous adventure after another in their new lives. Connor becomes a master swordsman and adapts to the difficult life of a pirate ship. Grace is sequestered and guarded by an array of terrifying, eerie shipmates who only roam the vessel at night but are not typical bloodthirsty vampires. Each is convinced that the other sibling has survived and tries to coax their dubious new shipmates to launch a search. Connor questions the justice and principles of pirates, and readers will identify with the young man who wants to prove himself to Captain Wrathe and the rest of the crew. Grace uses her instincts and bravery to solve the mystery of the vampire crewmen who are both courteous and victims of their fate. The remaining characters are stereotypical but interesting, with detailed descriptions of the vampires' appearance but little of the ship and the pirate crew. In a satisfying and exciting conclusion the siblings are reunited. The novel provides the mandatory chills and suspense and ends with a teaser, setting up a possible book two. Diehard vampire fans who do not need the gore and those enthralled by the Pirates of the Caribbean movies will eagerly read this title. Readers who enjoyed Iain Lawrence's novels, The Wreckers (Delacorte, 1998/VOYA February 1999) and Buccaneers (Delacorte, 2001) will also beinterested.
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-Connor and Grace Tempest have grown up listening to their father's sea shanty about the Vampirates and their "ancient ship...that haunts the oceans blue," a song that predates the changes that left their future world largely flooded. After his death leaves them orphaned and penniless, the 14-year-old twins run away to sea and are separated by a storm. Connor is rescued by a pirate ship, where he soon finds a place among its crewmates. Grace, on the other hand, has been rescued by a mysterious ship, which readers won't be surprised to find is the home of the Vampirates. The siblings become involved with the internal politics of each vessel, meeting new friends-and new enemies, like the vampire Sidorio. Grace's sense of horror and wonder at the Vampirate lifestyle is clearly drawn, and her protector, Lorcan, and the living figurehead, Miss Flotsam, offer sympathy and clues to the ship's many mysteries. Swashbuckling Captain Wrathe and his crew feature a few stereotypes, but their adventure-filled lifestyle has a clear appeal to Connor and readers. This book is a good choice for reluctant readers, who will be drawn into the turns and twists of the twins' story, and the dramatic cover art will help catch their attention. This fantastic tale will find many fans, who will be left looking for answers to mysteries only begun to be answered here.-Beth L. Meister, Pleasant View Elementary School, Franklin, WI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date:
Vampirates Series, #1
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Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Justin Somper is a bestselling author in the UK. His Vampirates books have received international acclaim and have been published in over 20 languages. He lives in London.

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Demons of the Ocean (Vampirates Series #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 98 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first saw this book I didn't think much of it except that I needed something to read on the long drive home. Well, to my surprise I couldn't put it down, even when I got home. I totally love this book and suggest matter how old you are.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading it. A very well written book. Highly recommend it
Guest More than 1 year ago
Grace and her twin brother, Connor, set out in their father's boat after his death. They become caught in a storm and the boat is torn in pieces.Connor learns to be a pirate on the pirate ship he was rescued by and Grace is rescued by the Vampirate ship in her father's shanty. A great book that keeps you wanting to read more!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has to be one of my favorites!i was looking for a book with pirates, adventure and friendship, and found it in vampirates!i have sooo many favorite charaters like lorcan, grace, and connor. Lorcan because he's a true friend and wants to protect grace. Grace because she's smart, and really caring about her brother. Connor because he's brave. This story is great and i hope anyone who reads it likes it too. Well thats all for now.See ya!
Vampress More than 1 year ago
I loove Vampirates i have read all the books including BLACK HEART wich is the best book
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Well shiver-me-timbers! Get ready to be washed away by this exciting, swashbuckling adventure. VAMPIRATES is the story of Connor and Grace Tempest, twins and children of the lighthouse keeper of Crescent Moon Bay on the East Coast of Australia in the year 2505. The story begins with the two young children getting out of bed in the middle of a violent thunderstorm. They wander up to the lamp room to watch the glory of the lightening and churning water with their father. In order to ease their mind, their father sings their favorite sea shanty.

"I'll tell you a tale of Vampirates

A tale as old as true.

Yea, I'll sing you a song of an ancient ship,

And its mighty fearsome crew."

The twins are finally coaxed back into bed after several verses of the eerie song and settle in for the night.

Seven years later, Connor and Grace's father dies, leaving them penniless and homeless. The kids aren't strangers to the stares and whispers that occur whenever they walk by because they've been dealing with it since the day they came to the lighthouse. They've always felt like outcasts, never quite fitting in.

People in town couldn't figure out why Connor was so much better at sports than the rest of the kids, even when he neglected practice for weeks. Grave provoked equal suspicion - from both teachers and classmates - with her unusual wide-ranging knowledge and strange notions about things far beyond her age and station in life. Since they knew they'd never feel at home in Crescent Moon Bay without their father, the twins decide to take off in their father's boat and take their chances at sea, rather than moving in with the cold, local banker or going to the orphanage.

Their first night on the ocean a huge storm crashed down on them, tearing their little boat apart. As hard as they tried, they couldn't stay together through the churning water. Thankfully, they are rescued and brought safely on board another vessel; however, not the same one. Connor is pulled aboard a pirate ship named the Diablo and Grace is rescued by the Vampirate ship. Desperate to find each other, they both plead with the captains to go back and search for the other. Both are told there isn't a chance the other would have survived. Neither lose hope and know they'll see each other again.

Connor sets about learning the ways of a pirate. He is assigned chores, makes friends, and receives sword fighting lessons. He participates in a raid on another ship and helps acquire booty for the crew. Grace, meanwhile, stays locked in her cabin, told not to even look out the window. She overhears weird conversations about feasts and witnesses strange things like candles that never extinguish, food that appears out of nowhere, and has the overwhelming need to sleep every time she eats or drinks anything. Grace has one person that she talks to named Lorcan, who has been sworn to protect her from the crew. At first, Grace doesn't understand the reason for the isolation. She doesn't realize that some members of the crew aren't happy with the captain's feeding schedule and wouldn't think twice about disobeying an order. She finds out the hard way when she slips out of the cabin and doesn't make it back before nightfall....

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Guest More than 1 year ago
if you like adventure, swordplay, pirates, mixed to gether with a pinch of humor. start reading it now. it got me caught in a love for it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of my favorite books because I couldn't put it down! I love when an author is such a good writer that he (or she) pulls you into the book and won't let you out. I also enjoyed the wonderful personalities of the Characters. This book was truly exhilarating and I you enjoy it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is soo good. Its soo original...not something people normally write about. i loved it but the ending dissapointed me but it just makes me eager for the next one!!!! DEFINATLY read this book its great and you wont be dissapointed!!! =)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book due to a Fasinating sory line and how the auther always seems to bring You to the end of your seat. some peole may not like the ending because come to a sudden stop, but to me personly it leaves me woundering weather he shall write another.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked it because out of alot of books I have read I could read it for 3 hours and think that 1 hour went by.It was a thrilling intresting book I would recommend!Even though the ending might cut a little to short for some people you can google the book and find the sequel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked the book itself, and the storyline was great. However, the ending just stopped. It could easily have an interesting sequal.
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LadyCosmic More than 1 year ago
Great book, fun to read!
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I absolutely love these books! Lorcan is the perfect knight in shining armour. I love the flow and the emotions expressed throughout the whole story, I highly reccomend these books!
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This is the best book i have ever read. I recomend it to anyone who needs/want an amazing thriller. I couldn't put the book down. I read the whole thing in about 4-5 days!!! :)
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Great book. Sadly they cuss sooooo..........
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book and im never able to stop reading it. I have read this book at least 5 times. I love it. I was so mad when i couldnt read any more because i didnt have the fith book.:(
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Thats all I have to say