The Secret Journeys of Jack London, Book Two: The Sea Wolves

The Secret Journeys of Jack London, Book Two: The Sea Wolves

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by Christopher Golden, Greg Ruth, Tim Lebbon
     
 

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The world knows Jack London as a writer who lived his own real-life adventures. But there are some parts of his life that have remained hidden for many years, things even he couldn’t set down in writing. Terrifying, mysterious, bizarre, and magical—these are the Secret Journeys of Jack London.

Clinging to life after he is captured in an attack by

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The world knows Jack London as a writer who lived his own real-life adventures. But there are some parts of his life that have remained hidden for many years, things even he couldn’t set down in writing. Terrifying, mysterious, bizarre, and magical—these are the Secret Journeys of Jack London.

Clinging to life after he is captured in an attack by savage pirates, Jack is unprepared for what he faces at the hands of the crew and their charismatic, murderous captain, Ghost. For these mariners are not mortal men but hungry beasts chasing gold and death across the North Pacific. Jack’s only hope lies with Sabine—a sad, sultry captive of Ghost’s insatiable hunger. But on these waters, nothing is as it seems, and Sabine may be hiding dangerous secrets of her own.

The second installment in the adventures of the young Jack London is a masterpiece of tension and emotion. Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon, along with illustrator Greg Ruth, have crafted a tale for readers of all ages, an action-packed, romantic, and suspenseful descent into the darkest desires of men and beasts and the hell that awaits them.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up—This reimagining of Jack London's The Sea Wolf replaces his main character, Humphrey van Weyden, with the 18-year-old author and adventurer himself and populates the ship on which Jack is held hostage with a captain and crew of werewolf pirates. The beasts raid ships not just for booty, but also for bodies to consume beneath the light of the full moon. As pandering and cheesy as the story might sound, it's actually a remarkably inventive, well-written, and action-packed remix, with plenty of plot points, themes, and characters that parallel the original. The ship's captain, Ghost, for example, represents an amoral, survival-of-the-fittest viewpoint-just as Wolf Larsen does in Sea Wolf—and he tries throughout the story to convince Jack that his morality is a foolish human shortcoming. London's character Maud Brewster is replaced by Sabine, a beguiling seer whose magical talents Ghost uses to guide him toward ships and whose presence lends a note of mysterious romance to the otherwise brutal story. Readers with a taste for kinetic high-seas adventures are going to love this supernatural spin on London's seafaring classic.—Jeffrey Hastings, Highlander Way Middle School, Howell, MI
ALA Booklist
Golden and Lebbon write with a gritty assurance that brings the fantasy elements-most notably, Jack’s multiple face-offs with the mythic Wendigo-down to earth. This first chapter kicks the door open for almost anything in book two.
Garth Nix
A masterful mix of gold, cold, supernatural creatures, and dread magic makes this a great action adventure story.
Mike Mignola
A great old-school adventure novel and the best use of the Wendigo legend I’ve ever read.
Children's Literature - Elizabeth D. Schafer
Horrors confront eighteen-year-old Jack London when pirates seize him from the ship Umatilla in this second "The Secret Journeys of Jack London" novel. Captive Jack strives to survive aboard the pirate vessel Larsen as its crew traverses the northern Pacific Ocean in search of prey. Tyrannical Captain Ghost cruelly torments Jack and agitates his crew, foreshadowing the beastly, unnatural terrors and carnage they will inflict. When a full moon rises, Jack is jolted by the shocking realization the crew is a werewolf pack. He is bewitched by Sabine, an enigmatic psychic whom Ghost relies on to navigate toward ships to plunder. Sabine divulges information regarding herself, Ghost, and his monstrous crew. Jack learns of the rivalry between Ghost and his brother Death who is stalking Ghost. He plans to escape the bloodthirsty werewolves and rescue Sabine. The weak versus strong theme echoes throughout the text as anxiety builds within Jack, testing his confidence in his abilities and if he can trust his perceptions. This provocative novel skillfully incorporates biographical and literary aspects from London's life and works to create a plausible narrative. The ship is a character, antagonizing all aboard with its claustrophobic tendencies. Vivid imagery of fog banks and silver bullets, sensory details, and high-energy storytelling plunge readers into a convincing setting, perhaps startling many readers to glance over their shoulders in case a lupine pirate is hunting them. Illustrations effectively provide ominous glimpses of settings and characters. A map shows where Jack traveled. Read with Jack London's The Sea-Wolf (1904) to examine how its literary elements have been appropriated for this supernatural twist to a classic tale. Reviewer: Elizabeth D. Schafer
VOYA - Matthew Weaver
This raucous sequel in The Secret Journeys of Jack London series takes an intriguing premise—following young Jack London, future real-life author of Call of the Wild and White Fang—and improves upon it. Jack and fellow gold rushers are on a ship bound for home when they are attacked by pirates. Jack is abducted and held prisoner by the devilish Captain Ghost and his crew. In a nifty twist on Treasure Island (alright, that is Robert Louis Stevenson, but who is counting?), the authors eschew biography, we hope, and soon reveal that they are not just pirates but werewolf pirates, which is exactly as cool as it sounds. Jack is captivated by the beautiful Sabine, who serves as the ship's witch and fortune teller, but he is also drawn in by the charismatic Ghost, who has his own nefarious plans for Jack. In lesser hands, the werewolf twist might come across as silly, but the writers keep tensions high. Ghost is so captivating, he threatens to steal the story, particularly in philosophical debates with Jack about whether it is better to be a man or a monster. Hero and villain are evenly matched, and the rest of the cast is equally intriguing. The writing lags a little as Jack and Sabine manipulate the weather to force a final confrontation but recovers for a strong finish that gives the characters their due. Online interviews with the writers indicate more awesomeness is on the way: Next up is White Fangs, complete with vampire polar bears. Oh, yes, please. Reviewer: Matthew Weaver
Kirkus Reviews
Young Jack London continues his supernatural adventures as the authors soup up London's original The Sea Wolf to fit the current paranormal craze. In this second installment of their new series, Golden and Lebbon use the major plot points of London's 1904 adventure as a loose framework for a new story that features a teenage Jack fighting werewolves. Most of the names remain the same (but alas, they exclude Oofty-Oofty), although they switch a few--here, this ship is the Larsen and the captain is called Ghost. London and the brutal captain have philosophical arguments about the virtues of human versus animal nature. Of course, young Jack will wind up fighting the crew of werewolves and Ghost himself. Whatever one may think of the worth of the authors' concept, they produce an exciting tale that's written with considerable oomph, and Ruth's bold, charcoal drawings brilliantly capture the book's action. However, their captain doesn't linger in the mind as does London's original Wolf Larsen, and their adventure, although suspenseful, pales against London's efforts. Yet their romance passages trump London's antiquated romance subplot, with the introduction of a witch who captures young Jack's heart. Certainly the writing quality here surpasses that of most paranormal adventures today. And perhaps it might win London a new readership. An odd but well-executed idea. (Paranormal adventure. 10-16)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062102065
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/28/2012
Series:
Secret Journeys of Jack London , #2
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
818,135
File size:
4 MB
Age Range:
13 Years

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Mike Mignola
A great old-school adventure novel and the best use of the Wendigo legend I’ve ever read.
Garth Nix
A masterful mix of gold, cold, supernatural creatures, and dread magic makes this a great action adventure story.

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