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Peter Raven Under Fire

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by Michael Molloy
     
 

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A rich, riveting, historical adventure with pirates, spies, and high-seas intrigue! Think MASTER AND COMMANDER meets PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN.

It is the time of the Napoleonic Wars. Peter Raven is a bright young midshipman in the Royal Navy of Great Britain. Raven, along with the swashbuckling secret agent Commodore Beaumont, uncovers a reckless scheme devised

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A rich, riveting, historical adventure with pirates, spies, and high-seas intrigue! Think MASTER AND COMMANDER meets PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN.

It is the time of the Napoleonic Wars. Peter Raven is a bright young midshipman in the Royal Navy of Great Britain. Raven, along with the swashbuckling secret agent Commodore Beaumont, uncovers a reckless scheme devised by none other than Napoleon Bonaparte. Eager to add America to his empire, Napoleon has made a wicked pact with a murderous pirate known as Count Vallon: In exchange for the pirate's gold, Napoleon will name Vallon "King of America"! Raven, Beaumont, and a beautiful young American heiress, Lucy, must do whatever it takes to put a stop to one of history's most audacious plots!

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Kirkus (Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 2005 (Vol. 73, No. 12)) Freely imitating (as is his wont) classic tales-particularly, in this case, the nautical fiction of C.S. Forester and Patrick O'Brian-Malloy fashions a quick-paced historical doorstopper that sends a British spy, a brilliant young midshipman and a beautiful American heiress crisscrossing the Atlantic. To refill his treasury and take firmer hold of his American possessions, Napoleon has struck a deal with Count Vallon, a fabulously wealthy and utterly psychotic pirate king. It's up to secret agent Paul Beaumont and his quick-study new protTgT Peter not only to foil the plot, but also to spring Lucy Cosgrove, a socialite more comfortable with a long rifle in her hands than a fan, from the clutches of Vallon, who has whisked her away to his hidden Caribbean fortress. Backed by a supporting cast of familiar types, many many of whom die in often-brutal ways, the three meet, part and meet again on the way to a properly melodramatic climax. Replete with colorful characters, the good ones clearly separated from the evil, plus full measures of danger, intrigue and romance, this seagoing epic is tailor-made for beach reading. Billed as first of a series. 2005, Chicken House/Scholastic, 512p, $16.95. Category: Fiction. Ages 11 to 13. © 2005 Kirkus Reviews/VNU eMedia, Inc. All rights reserved.
SLJ 10/1/05
MOLLOY, Michael. Peter Raven Under Fire. 502p. Scholastic/The Chicken House. 2005. Tr $17.95. ISBN 0-439-72454-6. LC number unavailable.
Gr 5-8–This is a thoroughly researched and exciting tale of war, piracy, and intrigue. In 1800, continuous war has depleted France's treasury, but Napoleon still wants to expand his empire. To this end, he needs money to defeat the superior British Navy and to exploit Louisiana for the greatest gain. In England, midshipman Peter Raven, 13, is assigned to HMS Torren. When powerful, sadistic pirates murder everyone on the ship except Peter and jack-of-all-trades Matthew Book, the protagonist finds himself apprenticed to a British spy, Commodore Beaumont. Together, these three outwit politicians and outfight pirates. Fast paced with multiple plot twists, the story sails from the English Channel to Paris to the Caribbean and back. Molloy's writing is intelligent and engaging, allowing readers to experience one part of the struggle for political and economic control of the Americas. This long book, which promises to be the first in a series, is indeed an epic. It would be best for deeper collections, or where high-seas adventure and historical fiction are popular.–Christina Stenson-Carey, Albany Public Library, NY
Booklist 8/05
Molloy, Michael. Peter Raven under Fire. 2005. 512p. Scholastic/Chicken House, $16.95 (0-439-72454-6).
Gr. 6–9. It's Portsmouth, England, 1800, and 13-year-old Peter Raven boards the Dolphin as a midshipman. In Paris, General Ancre, head of France's secret service, meets with Napoleon and is sent as an envoy to the extremely wealthy, appallingly sadistic, and quite mad Count Vallon on his Caribbean island. In the backwoods of the Hudson Valley, Lucy Cosgrove, a beautiful, rich young American who has just run away from her school in New York, learns that she must put aside her aspirations to attend Princeton, as she is being sent to Europe. These characters and many others converge on Paris, where the plot thickens and roils, complicated by deception. Both Peter and Lucy's stories––along with those of the adults––play out on a very broad stage of international intrigue. Molloy's evident (sometimes too evident) research contributes to the convincing portrayal of the period setting. A long, heroic seafaring adventure. –Carolyn Phelan
VOYA 10/1/05
Peter Raven Under Fire by Michael Molloy
England has been fighting France for seven years when Peter Raven joins the Royal British Navy in 1800. Soon the young midshipman finds himself at the center of an operation t
Children's Literature
A new midshipman in the Royal Navy of Great Britain, 13-year-old Peter Molloy is on board the HMS Torren. The year is 1800 and the British are in the seventh year of a war with the French. Raven soon meets Commodore Beaumont, a British secret agent. From the English Channel to Paris and across the Caribbean, the reader follows the adventures of Raven. Finally, Raven and Beaumont work together to thwart the plan of the French leader, Napoleon, to seize the United States. This book would best be described as an epic with 55 chapters and more than 500 pages. It will hold the interest of both boys and girls as it includes pirates, spies, sea battles and romance. It has a similar style to some of the classics, such as Robinson Crusoe or books in the series by Patrick O'Brian. This historical novel is well researched. A reader will go away with a better knowledge of the Napoleonic Wars while also being entertained. There is some graphic brutality, in all cases involving the actions of Count Vallon and his sister. 2005, Scholastic, Ages 8 to 12.
—Lynn O'Connell
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-This is a thoroughly researched and exciting tale of war, piracy, and intrigue. In 1800, continuous war has depleted France's treasury, but Napoleon still wants to expand his empire. To this end, he needs money to defeat the superior British Navy and to exploit Louisiana for the greatest gain. In England, midshipman Peter Raven, 13, is assigned to HMS Torren. When powerful, sadistic pirates murder everyone on the ship except Peter and jack-of-all-trades Matthew Book, the protagonist finds himself apprenticed to a British spy, Commodore Beaumont. Together, these three outwit politicians and outfight pirates. Fast paced with multiple plot twists, the story sails from the English Channel to Paris to the Caribbean and back. Molloy's writing is intelligent and engaging, allowing readers to experience one part of the struggle for political and economic control of the Americas. This long book, which promises to be the first in a series, is indeed an epic. It would be best for deeper collections, or where high-seas adventure and historical fiction are popular.-Christina Stenson-Carey, Albany Public Library, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Freely imitating (as is his wont) classic tales-particularly, in this case, the nautical fiction of C.S. Forester and Patrick O'Brian-Malloy fashions a quick-paced historical doorstopper that sends a British spy, a brilliant young midshipman and a beautiful American heiress crisscrossing the Atlantic. To refill his treasury and take firmer hold of his American possessions, Napoleon has struck a deal with Count Vallon, a fabulously wealthy and utterly psychotic pirate king. It's up to secret agent Paul Beaumont and his quick-study new protege Peter not only to foil the plot, but also to spring Lucy Cosgrove, a socialite more comfortable with a long rifle in her hands than a fan, from the clutches of Vallon, who has whisked her away to his hidden Caribbean fortress. Backed by a supporting cast of familiar types, many many of whom die in often-brutal ways, the three meet, part and meet again on the way to a properly melodramatic climax. Replete with colorful characters, the good ones clearly separated from the evil, plus full measures of danger, intrigue and romance, this seagoing epic is tailor-made for beach reading. Billed as first of a series. (Fiction. 11-13)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439724579
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
07/01/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Peter Raven Under Fire 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Thirteen-year-old midshipman Peter Raven is assigned to active duty aboard the HMS Torren. Boys became men early in England in 1800, and Great Britain is in her seventh year of struggle with France. The French Revolution is over, and Napoleon Bonaparte is in power. He needs money to defeat the English and exploit the Louisiana territory where he plans to install a "King of New Orleans" under French rule, and has chosen one of the privateers that are active in the Caribbean; a vile and quite mad pirate that has promised him the money he needs. These pirates attack any ships that cross their paths, murdering the crews and stealing the cargoes.

When the HMS Torren falls prey to the pirates, Peter and the charismatic Matthew Book manage to separately escape, but everyone else is murdered. Peter becomes apprenticed to a British Spy, and is reunited with Matthew. The three of them strive to outwit the pirates and French government and keep America out of their hands.

This lively book has a multi-level plot and exciting characters. I thought the size of the book might be a bit intimidating for reluctant readers, but it left me wanting more. The action goes from the English Channel to Paris to the Caribbean and back again. It's a seafaring adventure on a grand scale that is impossible to put down. Molloy promises a sequel, and I can't wait...Peter Raven is one of my favorite characters. There is even a bit of romance with the beautiful, rich young American girl, Lucy Cosgrove.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago