Pirates of the Caribbean: The Price of Freedom [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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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
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423152514
  • Publisher: Disney Book Group
  • Publication date: 5/17/2011
  • Series: Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Sold by: DISNEY PUBLISHING WORLDWIDE -EBKS
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 209,516
  • File size: 982 KB

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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  • Posted January 25, 2012

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    It started out good...

    Before I review this book, I just want to let everybody know that I didn't finish it, so It could have been an amazing book and I just wouldn't have known. This book started out great. It was exciting, but somewhat confusing. I loved the movies so I thought that I would really enjoy this book. The beginning was great - it started off excited and it had an interesting plot line. Well, I got to about chapter 3 (which is like to page 70 : ) and the book contained some sketchy content. I try to steer clear of sexual content, and language in books if at all possible, so I had to quit reading this one. There wasn't much language, a few d words, and a couple of h words here and there. But there was a mild sex-scene. It wasn't described in detail, thank goodness!, but It did describe a scene with Jack in bed with his lady love - neither of them were clothed, and Jack talks about how there are better things to do in bed with a lady than just sleep...+ he frequently talks about longing to touch her in certain places and wanting to kiss her (both of which he ends up doing). At the end of the scene, they both talk about how it was an even better experience than their first time, and then they get dressed. I would have loved to have completed this book! But because of the sexual content, and language, I decided not to finish reading it. I know that reading any more scenes, like the one I described, would not fill my mind with things that would please God. : ) So, for parents or anyone else who is concerned with the content in the books that they read to their children, or that they read by-themselves, I hope that this review helps you make your decision on whether to read this book or not.

    7 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2011

    The fantastical Captain Jack Sparrow Jamal.f

    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

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2012

    Great addition to the canon!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    OMG AMAZING READ!!!!!! XD

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2014

    If you love the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. This is a must read

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2013

    Its not a fairy tale!

    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

    Posted January 18, 2013

    I love this book!! Best book ever

    I love this book!! Best book ever

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Yay jack sparrow

    Awesome i loved the movies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2012

    Freedomkits adventure chapter 2

    Freedomkit bounded up the ravine and the. Slowed to a walk once at the top. He got to the bottom. Smells hit his nostrils of prey and cats. *Yum he thought* The kit stalked vexily* towards a squirrel he saw. He was half way there when the cats he'd smelled approached him. "What do we have here? A rouge! A loner! A kittypet!" They sneered." You'd never catch that squirrel they said questioning his audacity* They picked the kit up throwing him feared a tree.------- The breath was knocked out of him and he layed there limp and unconscious. The only thing that brought him back to conscious, was a burning pain on his face. He got up feeling as if he'd died eight times. He half dragged half limped over too the river next to the ravine. Freedomkits expression changed from pain to sheer horror. He was looking at a monster. A cat with only half his face in contact. ----- that's it for now. I hoped you liked chapter two. It is shorter than the first I know. Oh and if you caught these * then good eyes. They for the meaning of that word. VEX: To annoy or badger. AUDACITY: Brave; courageous; nerve to do.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2012

    Pirates of the caribbean price of freedom

    Very good book to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2012

    june 10 2012

    I have got to be the greatest pirate fan. i know the four different ships, sloop, gallion, frigate,and brig.
    read it, love it, its awesome! im a like awesome level 32 on the pirare game thingy or chimy chonga. adios.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    Cool

    It was the best

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2012

    Great!!!!!

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2012

    Are Elizabeth and Will in it?

    Does this book have Elizabeth Swan or Will ( William ) Turner in it?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2012

    Awesome

    Luv the sample
    Wish i could buy it

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2012

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    Awesome Read - Please Check it Out!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Great

    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!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2011

    If you like the Movies you'll like this book

    I thought it was great. It was hard to put down. Of course I didn't understand all the parts of the ship, but do I really care? Now you can understand about the dog and the keys. LOL.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2011

    Very good

    It is a very good pirate story

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  • Posted September 25, 2011

    SO GOOD

    This book has got to be made into a Movie. It was long but it was worth the read. << LOVED IT >> Now you get a real feel where Jack started out and allot about the other charters, and why the Black Pearl means so much to him..It is a must read if you Like Captain Jack read this Book excellent.

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