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The Rogue Crew (Redwall Series #22)

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Redwall Abbey has never seen a creature more evil or more hideous than Razzid Wearat. Captain of the Greenshroud, a ship with wheels that can sail through water as well as the forest, this beast is a terror of both land and sea, traveling Mossflower Country, killing nearly everything?and everyone? in his path. And his goal? To conquer Redwall Abbey.

From Salamandastron to the High North Coast, the brave hares of the Long Patrol team up with the fearless sea otters of the Rogue ...

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Overview

Redwall Abbey has never seen a creature more evil or more hideous than Razzid Wearat. Captain of the Greenshroud, a ship with wheels that can sail through water as well as the forest, this beast is a terror of both land and sea, traveling Mossflower Country, killing nearly everything–and everyone– in his path. And his goal? To conquer Redwall Abbey.

From Salamandastron to the High North Coast, the brave hares of the Long Patrol team up with the fearless sea otters of the Rogue Crew to form a pack so tough, so rough, only they can defend the abbey and defeat Razzid Wearat once and for all.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Cara Chancellor
Contrary to popular belief, Captain Razzid Wearat is not dead. Severely burned over most of his body and blinded in one eye, yes, but still very much alive. Now, he and his vermin crew have returned to terrorize the seas in their dreaded ship Greenshroud, which bears one striking modification: wheels. With the ability to sail across flatlands as well as the ocean, the Wearat is charting a course for none other than the famed riches of Redwall Abbey. Against him is an unlikely band of two hedgehogs, the hare patrol of Salamandastron, a small army of shrews, and otter king Skor Axehound. With the defenders on foot and racing to reach the Abbey before the Greenshroud, the peaceful residents of Redwall will need inspiration from a legendary warrior to hold off the Wearat until help arrives. As the final story of Redwall, due to the author's recent passing, A Rogue Crew will be a must-read for fans of the twenty-two book series. Many of its themes are familiar and accessible—such as the fact that neither vice nor virtue ever go unrewarded—but would-be readers should be aware that several major characters bear heavy accents written in diction, which may make reading comprehension difficult for some. Despite its furry protagonists, the story also does not shy away from graphic violence, including beheadings, stabbings, and more. For those who know what to expect from Redwall, however, the book is as detailed, engaging and inspiring tale as one could wish for Jacques' final installment. Reviewer: Cara Chancellor
Kirkus Reviews

Animal warriors band together against innovative corsairs in this 22nd novel set in the richly detailed world of Redwall.

Scarred and psychotic Razzid Wearat and his mutinous crew wreak havoc along the coast, but when they head inland and overland on theGreenshroud—having equipped the ship with wheels—the Long Patrol hares, the ruthless Rogue Crew otters and the Guosim shrews must race to save Redwall Abbey. Grim warriors outnumber peaceful Abbey beasts, and there is far more fighting than feasting. The many battle scenes and deaths—of disposable pirates and high-spirited heroes—are graphic but not gratuitous, and the action sequences are carefully choreographed. In contrast to earlier books, the villain faces an ensemble rather than a strong protagonist, which might account for the narrative's rapid scene changes. Despite their species-typical behavior, the characters are distinctive; the squabbling shrew Queen Dukwina and her lizard husband Empraking Dibby, well-shod Dandy Clogs and the gluttonous Wiltuds are particularly memorable. Though the plot, characters and setting resembles those of the previous 21 books, the multi-stranded plot demands attentive reading. The mouthwatering descriptions of food, the various dialects and the detailed settings also make for an immersive experience.

Familiar, perhaps formulaic, but a nonetheless rousing read from the late Jacques.(Animal fantasy. 9-12)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399254161
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/3/2011
  • Series: Redwall Series , #22
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 673,410
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian  Jacques
Brian Jacques lives in Liverpool, England.

Biography

The drawings that open the chapters in a Redwall book may look sweet, but Brian Jacques' fantasies are not for the faint of heart. Adventure, peril, betrayal, and downright slaughter abound in these hefty novels about the creatures -- mice, hares, moles, badgers, and sparrows -- who inhabit Redwall Abbey in medieval England.

Brian Jacques has had a life nearly as exciting as that of some of his characters: After dropping out of school in his native Liverpool at the age of 15, he traveled the world as a merchant seaman, visiting ports from America to Asia. Upon returning to England, he held a wide variety of jobs, from railway fireman to boxer among them. In the 1960s, he and his two brothers formed the Liverpool Fishermen, a folksinging group. Jacques also tried his hand as a playwright, producing several stage plays -- Brown Bitter, Wet Nellies, Scouse – about native Liverpudlians.

The Redwall stories, which were to earn him legions of fans, were born out of his time as a volunteer storyteller at the Royal Wavertree School for the Blind in Liverpool. Jacques maintains that his detailed writing style was developed here; he was forced to be as descriptive as possible, so his audience would be able to experience his stories as if they could see. He created the first Redwall story as a gift to the children of the school, but never intended to publish it commercially. Fortunately for his many fans on both sides of the Atlantic, a friend sent his first manuscript to a publisher, and the rousing series took off in England in 1986 and in the U.S. the following year with Redwall.

Jacques takes issue with the notion that his books are "fantasy" fiction, a description that he says "smacks of swords and sorcery and dungeons and dragons. . . . I like to think of my books as old-fashioned adventures that happened ‘Once upon a time, long ago and far away.'"

The novels appeal generally to an audience of nine- to fifteen-year-olds, but have admirers both younger and older. The tales pivot on the conflict between good and evil; good invariably triumphs. Indeed, morality issues are always clear in Jacques' books: cruelty, greed, and avarice are eradicated in all forms; bravery, loyalty, and resourcefulness reap rewards aplenty. When it comes to characters, though, Jacques is less simplistic: Martin the Warrior, who through his courage and cunning rose to become the noblest hero in the land, is given to impetuousness, and the miscreant Cluny has both good and bad sides, a la Long John Silver.

For female readers, the Redwall books can be extra satisfying. His female creatures are as adventurous as the males: they don't faint into their male counterparts' arms, but explore, swashbuckle, and rescue on their own. In Mariel of Redwall (1991), the courageous girl mousechild Mariel, thrown overboard by the Gabool, leader of the evil pirate Searats, exacts her own brand of revenge.

Jacques' usually swift pace sometimes comes to a slogging halt with extraordinarily detailed descriptions of the legendary Redwall feasts, right down to the last acorn and drop of buttercup and honey cordial. But the author is redeemed by his delicate interweaving of subplots, his memorable menagerie, his rollicking sense of adventure, and his ability to transport the reader into an entirely different world, a world that, as one critic for The New York Times put it, "is both an incredible and ingratiating place, one to which readers will doubtless cheerfully return."

Good To Know

Brian Jacques wrote his books in longhand or on a manual typewriter, or, if the weather permits, outdoors.

Despite his success as an author, Jacques continued to broadcast the weekly radio show, Jakestown, that he hosted before he wrote the Redwall books.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      June 15, 1939
    2. Place of Birth:
      Liverpool, England
    1. Date of Death:
      February 5, 2011
    2. Place of Death:
      Liverpool, England
    1. Education:
      St. John’s School, Liverpool, England
    2. Website:

Customer Reviews

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  • Posted May 22, 2011

    Vert good book.

    I was sucked in by this series and think I will go hysterical if there will be no more Redwall series books... Fortunately I havent read them all so the journey isnt completely over for me, I just wish there was a bigger selection on the Nook!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2011

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    Cannot Wait!!

    I really am looking forward to this upcoming book! I have kept up with the series from the start and even with the 21 books that came out I have NOT YET been dissatisfied. Each character is new and charming in its own way and you instantly take a likely, or for the bad guys, an instant disliking. The villains are truly evil and show no sign of remorse, the plots are twisted and original and there is always a riddle that needs to be solved in the most creative way!
    I have never not liked a Redwall series book, and I have been reading them since I was in 7th grade and I am now in College!
    I cannot wait for this book and I will purchase the book, not download it onto my nook. The adventure this time seems to be really exciting and I am already waiting to find out what will happen! If you haven't read the series I suggest that you start picking up those books because I know that between the battles, and friendship, the comic relief and well as the descriptions of food (Don't read on an empty stomach you will regret it!) it is truly a wonderful world that the author created. I cannot wait to be able to go back to Redwall and Mossflower forest!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 4, 2011

    ME IS SAD TOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    NO MORE REDWALL BOOKS!!!!!! ME SO SAD!!IN FACT,!! ME IS EVEN SADDERERRRRRRR THAN YOOOOOOUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BRIAN JACQUES ISN'T GONNA WRITE NO MORE BOOKS ABOUT THE PLACE WITH THE WALLS OF REDNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    4 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2011

    4.5 Series of greatness!!!

    This series will go down as one of my favorites of all time. I was a little dissapointed with this book just because it was pretty predictable but still a very good read. I really wish he would write a few redwall books from back in the time some. I would really like a book about the badger lord with the blue stripe, but still no matter what I will love this series!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2011

    The End Of A Legendary Series

    It's kinda sad to know that the writer to all those great stories will never be heard of writing ever again (I wish he had one more back-up book.)

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Cannot Wait to Read- Literally

    The Redwall series is so amazing and I can't wait to read the latest book in the series- The Rogue Crew. Brian Jacques books are only getting better so this book should be fanatstic and even better than The Sable Quean, if that's even possible. The summary of the book sounds so exiting and the Redwall books are always better than their summary's so this book should be better than 5 stars. I am not sure if I will be able to wait until 5-03-11 when the story is officially published.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2013

    Amazing

    This book had an amazing story and an even better end. I will most definitly miss the redwall series, and now i can say i read them all in one and a half years, and im halfway thru 7th grade.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    To Brian Jacques

    I have loved all your books. I really want to make a play out of this. In honor of Brian Jacques...Redwalllllllllll!!!!!! Eulaliaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!! Haway the Braaaawww!!!!!!! Logalogalogalogalog!!!!!!!!!!! and all the other Redwall warcries. Brian Jacques, I swear by the sword of Martin the Warrior that all the other Redwall geeks and I will make the Redwall books live on forever.REDWALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 11, 2012

    i cant wait to read the book! brian jacques might have passed on

    i cant wait to read the book! brian jacques might have passed on but his son has taken over the books and is continuing the series. he has written some of the last books made and he is about as great of a writer as his ole pop! i'll be reading this to my future family!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    I agree!

    To the person who wrote the review before me. Thank you for writing such a helpful, well informed review!
    I would like to add, just for the information of those who are careful what they read, that there is a theme of revenge. I really enjoy this series, but there is definitely a thread of revenge. The good guys often say things like "Because you killed my father, my only goal in life is to avenge him by killing you." I leave you with this information, to do with it as you like. I recommend the Mismantle chronicles, as well. - The Homeschool Ballerina

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2012

    REDWAAAAAAAALLL!!!!!!!!!!

    REDWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL! GIVE THEM BLOOD AND VINIGAR! EUILIAAAAAAAAAAAA! LOGLOGALOGALOGALOGALOGALOGALOGA!!!!! TO THE DEATH CHARRRRRRRRRGE!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    Josh

    This book is awosome

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    Love it

    I love ANY books by Brian Jacques. He was an amazing auther,so sad that he passed on...
    Anyways, I would this book 5 out of 5 :-)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2011

    RIP

    Something as small as a mouse can be as strong as a lion. Brian Jacques' books ar'net just about animals. It is also about how someone small can have a big heart, like Matthias. Brian may be gone, but his stories will live on until the end of time. We will miss him greatly, rest in peace Brian Jacques.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2011

    Good reading Enjoy the adventure

    The characters are great. The villians live up to their reputation and the heroes learn their way to strength and survival. However I must say I missed the warmth of "come visit again, you are always welcome at Redwall."

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2011

    Poor Redwall

    I wish redwall would stay forever

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2011

    Best book ever!!!

    This book is amazing!!! Its exciting and funny. Brian has never disappointed me in writting his books. This is his best and most exciting book yet. I recommend u read this book today.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2011

    NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

    NO MORE REDWALL!? I IS SAD!!!!! :(

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2011

    Great book, RIP Brian...

    And would the !@#$er who dares tarnish this great author's work kindly take note of the mistletoe on my shirttail.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2014

    Is it a good kids book?

    Is it a good kids book?

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