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Greenbeard
     

Greenbeard

by Richard James Bentley
 

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Captain Sylvestre de Greybagges is your typical seventeenth-century Cambridge-educated lawyer turned Caribbean pirate, as comfortable debating the virtues of William Shakespeare, Isaac Newton, and compound interest as he is wielding a cutlass, needling archrival Henry Morgan, and parsing rum-soaked gossip for his next target. When a pepper monger's loose tongue lets

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Captain Sylvestre de Greybagges is your typical seventeenth-century Cambridge-educated lawyer turned Caribbean pirate, as comfortable debating the virtues of William Shakespeare, Isaac Newton, and compound interest as he is wielding a cutlass, needling archrival Henry Morgan, and parsing rum-soaked gossip for his next target. When a pepper monger's loose tongue lets out a rumor about a fleet loaded with silver, the Captain sets sail only to find himself in a close encounter of a very different kind.

After escaping with his sanity barely intact and his beard transformed an alarming bright green, Greybagges rallies The Ark de Triomphe crew for a revenge-fueled adventure to the ends of the earth and beyond.

Destined to become a cult favorite, this frolicsome tale of skullduggery, jiggery-pokery, and chicanery upon Ye High Seas is brimming with hilarious puns, masterful historical allusions, and nonstop literary hijinks. Including sly references to Thomas Pynchon, Treasure Island, 1940s cinema, and notable historical figures, this mélange of delights will captivate readers with its rollicking adventure, rich descriptions of food and fashion, and learned asides into scientific, philosophical, and colonial history.

Richard James Bentley, who happens to look the part of a salty English sea captain, has trodden many paths and worn many hats. From his early work as a dealer in dodgy motorcars, he progressed to being a design engineer on a zeppelin project. Computers then caught his attention and he authored a number of incomprehensible technical manuals before turning to fiction. He has lived in Switzerland and the Netherlands and now spins yarns in the north of England. Greenbeard is his first novel.

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Publishers Weekly
Mixing space travel and 17th-century pirate lore, this extremely odd debut novel is by turns droll, pedantic, and compelling. Captain Sylvestre de Greybagges was a Cambridge-educated lawyer before he realized that piracy was a more honorable profession. Intending to raid a Spanish fleet full of silver plate, he stumbles into the Martian Saucer Fleet and endures years of slavery before escaping and raising a crew of pirates to pillage the aliens’ fortress on Mars. There are many places along the way where the narrative loses focus; the pirate argot is more irritating than amusing, and the characters are prone to lecturing each other over arcane matters. On the other hand, the situations are cleverly contrived, the characters likeable, and the over-the-top premise worked out in careful detail. Somehow, despite stumbles and lurches, the story keeps moving along and pulling the reader with it. (May)
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“Somewhere between Jack Sparrow and Long John Silver is the world inhabited by Sylvestre de Greybagges, aka Greenbeard . . . A thrill a minute ride with enough surprises and twists to satisfy even the most enthusiastic fans of such similar fare, like Doctor Who. Greenbeard is science fiction with a sense of humor.” —New York Journal of Books

“Very funny . . . extremely clever . . . Greenbeard is filled with countless literary allusions reminiscent of another great series and my personal favorite—Thursday Next by Jasper Fforde.” —Upcoming4Me

“An exciting blend of swashbuckling and science fiction, highly recommended.” —Midwest Book Review

“The situations are cleverly contrived, the characters likeable, and the over-the-top premise worked out in careful detail . . . [Greenbeard] keeps moving along and pulling the reader with it.” —Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935259220
Publisher:
Exterminating Angel Press
Publication date:
04/19/2013
Series:
NONE
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Lexile:
1130L (what's this?)
File size:
540 KB

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Richard James Bentley, who happens to look the part of a salty English sea captain, has trodden many paths and worn many hats. From his early work as a dealer in dodgy motorcars, he progressed to being a design engineer on a zeppelin project. Computers then caught his attention and he authored a number of incomprehensible technical manuals before turning to fiction. He has lived in Switzerland and the Netherlands and now spins yarns in the North of England. Greenbeard is his first novel.

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