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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Price of Freedom
     

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Price of Freedom

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by A. C. Crispin
 

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Twenty-five-year-old Jack Sparrow is a clean-cut merchant seaman pursuing a legitimate career as a first mate for the East India Trading Company. He sometimes thinks back to his boyhood pirating days, but he doesn't miss Teague's scrutiny or the constant threat of the noose. Besides, he doesn't have much choice-he broke the Code when he freed a friend who had been

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Twenty-five-year-old Jack Sparrow is a clean-cut merchant seaman pursuing a legitimate career as a first mate for the East India Trading Company. He sometimes thinks back to his boyhood pirating days, but he doesn't miss Teague's scrutiny or the constant threat of the noose. Besides, he doesn't have much choice-he broke the Code when he freed a friend who had been accused of rogue piracy, and he can no longer show his face in Shipwreck Cove.
When Jack's ship is attacked by pirates and his captain dies in the altercation, he suddenly finds himself in command. The wily sailor's skillful negotiations with the pirate captain-who turns out to be a woman from his past-result in a favorable outcome that puts Jack in line for an official promotion.
After making port in Africa, Jack is summoned by Cutler Beckett, who makes him captain of a ship called the Wicked Wench. Beckett gives Jack an assignment. He has heard a legend about a magical island named Zerzura whose labyrinthine bowels are said to contain a glorious treasure. Beckett suspects that one of his house slaves, a girl named Ayisha, is from Zerzura. He asks Jack to take her along on his voyage and seduce her into divulging the island's whereabouts. In payment for his services, Beckett promises Jack a share of the treasure.
But this task isn't as easy as Jack initially believes. Before she agrees to reveal the location of her home, Ayisha insists that Jack take her to the New World to rescue her brother, who has been sold into slavery in the Bahamas. Their voyage is long and arduous, and as they weather a vicious storm and a surprise attack from an old pirate foe, Jack grows to respect and admire Ayisha's bravery. He knows that Beckett intends to enslave her people after robbing them of their treasure, and Jack's moral compass revolts at the idea. It might be possible to deliver Ayisha safely to Zerzura, obtain some of the treasure, and convince Beckett that he never found it . . . but the greedy E. I. T. C. official has eyes everywhere, and if he learns that Jack has foiled his plans, he could take away the thing that Captain Sparrow loves most: his ship-and his freedom.

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School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—First mate Jack Sparrow, 25, forsakes the honest life of a merchant seaman to become a pirate. Crispin weaves a detailed fantasy backstory of his adventures as a (usually) dedicated employee of the East India Trading Company in the 1700s. Jack treats men well, delights in strong women, and is true to his word. The beginning pages tell of a "lost city" shrouded by fog, invisible to sailors, and the home of a vast treasure of gold. When a pirate attack results in the death of the captain, Jack Sparrow, with his trademark swagger and dandified dress, takes over and finds himself dealing with Cutler Beckett, an ambitious executive of the EITC. Jack promises to help find the hidden island for a substantial cut of the gold, and it is this search that drives much of the story. There is plenty of drinking and wenching interrupted by bouts of swordplay and rich descriptions of life at Shipwreck Cove. The action moves briskly along at most points, enriched by sophisticated vocabulary, for these pirates ingest rum, strut insouciantly, and rest above the futtock shrouds. Jack's moral compass is shown to be true when he frees a cargo hold of slaves, and as punishment finds his ship set ablaze and headed to the bottom of the ocean. A desperate appeal to Davy Jones resolves the issue (though it costs Jack his soul), and the book ends where the movies begin: with Captain Jack Sparrow at the helm of The Black Pearl. Sure to be popular.—Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423107040
Publisher:
Disney Editions
Publication date:
05/17/2011
Pages:
672
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 2.10(d)
Age Range:
1 Year

Meet the Author


A. C. Crispin is the critically acclaimed author of many bestselling Star Trek and Star Wars novels including the Han Solo Trilogy, and novelizations of the television series V and the motion picture Alien Resurrection. Crispin is also known for her wildly popular original series, Starbridge. Her books have topped the New York Times hardcover bestseller list and sold more than a million copies worldwide.

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Pirates of the Caribbean 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Jamal Fakhoury More than 1 year ago
A fabulous read and gripping tale of the times and lives of pirates.. But not any pirate, but Captain Jack Sparrow. His being and reason of behavior are explained so that what we see in the movies of Pirates of The Carribean now make total sense. A wonderfully written and detailed novel that I fully recommend to one and all. Dr. Jamal.f
Silverwisp More than 1 year ago
This book provides some great back story on the Pirates of the Caribbean universe. It tells how Jack got the Pearl, how he met Cutler Beckett, and more about the Pirate Lords. It was an interesting look at another side to the movies. There are also mature topics such as slavery and some "heavy petting" but it is pretty PG-13.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was sooooo good, good doesnt even explain it. In my opinion there is no word to describe it. The book explained alot of the stuff mentioned in the movies that the films never answered. This is a must read!!!! even if your not a pirates fan, its a great adventure to read about. I hope A.C. Crispin will write another book on Jack Sparrow that explains what happened up until he reaches Port Royal in Curse of the Black Pearl.
Anonymous 15 days ago
My heart is pierced by Cupid / I disdain all glittering gold / There is nothing can console me / but my jolly sailor bold
Anonymous 23 days ago
MY NAME IS GENERAL STERF
Anonymous 6 months ago
I read the sample and loved it! I decided to purchase this book because i am a HUGE Pirates of the Carribean fan. It was really helpful to explain parts of the movie i did not understand and made me enjoy the movie better. I really would have enjoyed the read but it was spoiled by language and sexual content. This ruined the book for me and left me disapointed. Despite this unsettling fact, the book was fair, but if i knew this at the beginning i would not have read this book when presented with the decision.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. It was fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of these pirate books ( exept for the day of the shadow) and all are extreamly well thought out in the sequence of events that take place. Of course there will always be those whom of which prefer to watch T.V all day. Well this book is exactly what every pirate fan dreams of reading. Captian Jack has always charmed everyone he ever encounters on his voyages. But who isn't charmed by such a cute face? He always is telling himself/others that he is and never will be again a pirate. A similaritie between the book and movie is, Cutler bekett is still immensely terrifing. But you get to see alot of flashbacks that tell about how his mom and sister died and how he reacted to all that was going on in his life. Thank you and enjoy the book.
Jansma More than 1 year ago
Have you ever wondered what had happened before the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Would you believe that the great Captain Jack Sparrow was actually a merchant sailor for the EITC. Every wondered how he came to be Captain or even why Cutler Beckett hates pirates so much. This is the book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some of the reviews here are bad and do not make sense....did you read the book? Its a great prequel to the movies and starts out a little slow but in the end is all brought together for any fan of Jack Sparrow!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book!! Best book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome i loved the movies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book to read.
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It was the best
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It isnt a rippoff just because it costs alot. It is 650 pages long. No elisibeth swan or will turner but has other old charactors like barbossa and even davy jones. Ever wonder why jack owes davy jones 100 soles? Cant find out till the end of the book. Plus the auther also wrote a star wars serise
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Does this book have Elizabeth Swan or Will ( William ) Turner in it?
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amandatheperson More than 1 year ago
Ever since I had seen the first of Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean Movies i've been hooked. Finding this I'll admit that I was a bit wary on whether or not it would do the movies any justice, seeing that they're so wonderful on their own. I'm happy to say that I was not dissapointed. Crispin did a great job illustrating the world of Jack Sparrow and his life before the first film! I hope one day Crispin decides to continue this series, even writting about Jack's life during this films. I would love to get a more in depth look to his thoughts. Happy Reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book explains anything that was not said in the movies. I would have liked to see something about Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann. But I understand this book is focused on Jack Sparrow. It was a long read, but it was certainly worthwhile. This has become my favorite book!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago