Heart of Steele

Heart of Steele

by Brad Strickland, Thomas E. Fuller
     
 

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The hunt is on!

It is 1688 and the Aurora is still sailing under cover, searching for the real pirate king, Jack Steele. Young Davy Shea is a full member of the crew now, helping his uncle in the ship's surgery whenever casualties arrive.

And there are many casualties. Captain Hunter has become obsessed in his search for Steele, because the pirateSee more details below

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The hunt is on!

It is 1688 and the Aurora is still sailing under cover, searching for the real pirate king, Jack Steele. Young Davy Shea is a full member of the crew now, helping his uncle in the ship's surgery whenever casualties arrive.

And there are many casualties. Captain Hunter has become obsessed in his search for Steele, because the pirate has taken to plundering ships and small isolated towns in a devastating manner...and leaving behind a calling card indicating it is the work of Captain Hunter!

Now the crew of the Aurora will have to make allies from enemies and beard the pirate in his den, for the deadly Red Queen has put in to port and Hunter will let nothing stop his final showdown!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Here's a rollicking tale of adventure on the high seas that is sure to capture the imagination of reluctant readers and keep book-lovers reading by flashlight long after their parents have called for lights out. It's 1688, and young Davy Shea and his uncle are sailing the Caribbean aboard the pirate-hunting frigate, Aurora. This is the third book in the "Pirate Hunter" series, which follows Davy and his crew mates as they chase the dread pirate Jack Steele from one hair-raising skirmish to the next. There's not a slow moment in the book—the plot races along. But Strickland and Fuller don't rely on plot alone to draw the reader in. The characters are vividly drawn, with the kind of human longings, shortcomings, and heroism that will bring them alive for young readers. And the level of historical detail—particularly as it relates to life aboard 17th Century sailing ships—is extraordinary. For lovers of adventure with a historical flair, this book is a sure-fire winner. 2003, Aladdin Paperbacks/Simon and Schuster, Ages 8 to 12.
— Barbara Carroll Roberts
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-In this third book in the series, the search for villainous Jack Steele takes an evil twist when 12-year-old Davy Shea and the crew from the Aurora discover a derelict ship plundered, its crew murdered, and a placard giving the credit to the Aurora's Captain Hunter. Determined to capture the pirate, the men follow the trail of similar murderous sites, only to find themselves the target in equally fierce battles. Davy helps his Uncle Patch, the ship's surgeon, but the casualties mount until Captain Hunter is forced to return to Sir Henry Morgan for more men. There he forms an alliance with his former enemy, the Spanish captain Don Esteben, and together they spring a trap on Jack Steele. But though they destroy Steele's armada of pirates, the Red Queen slips away, and the hunt continues. The battles take center stage here as the Aurora seems to fight her way out of one and straight into another, with lots of fighting and no concept of the time necessary for recovery and healing. Still, this is a fine yarn, exciting and believable in the authors' depiction of the lives of sailors in the 1680s.-Linda Bindner, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439104675
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
06/17/2008
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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