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The Magnificent Savages
     

The Magnificent Savages

by Fred Mustard Stewart
 

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From the bestselling author of Mephisto Waltz--which became a motion picture starring Alan Alda and Jacqueline Bisset--comes a rousing tale of passion, adventure, treachery, and heroism. Justin Savage, illegitimate son of shipping magnate Nathaniel Savage, heads out to sea in 1851 as a cabin boy on one of his father's clipper ships. When the ship is captured by

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From the bestselling author of Mephisto Waltz--which became a motion picture starring Alan Alda and Jacqueline Bisset--comes a rousing tale of passion, adventure, treachery, and heroism. Justin Savage, illegitimate son of shipping magnate Nathaniel Savage, heads out to sea in 1851 as a cabin boy on one of his father's clipper ships. When the ship is captured by pirates, Justin is forced to act against his own family's ships by the pirates' leader, the gorgeous Madame Ching.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Teddy Roosevelt, Sir Randolph Churchill and the Rothschilds make prominent appearances in this breathless, name-dropping sequel to The Magnificent Savages. Filling in the years between 1882 and 1895, the saga of dashing robber-baron Justin Savage shifts focus to Johnnie, his half-Italian rakehell son, and Julie, his headstrong daughter by a Chinese woman pirate. Jilted on account of her race, 27-year-old Julie flees New York determined to return to China. En route to the Pacific, she meets and marries a rich San Francisco gambler and bordello entrepreneur. When he dies in a saloon fire, she resumes her pilgrimage and falls for an American-born Chinese revolutionary whom she ends up rescuing from the Forbidden City. Meanwhile, half-brother Johnny's budding romance with a Jewish woman is nipped by her Orthodox family, and he is persuaded by his wily mother, a contessa, to marry the daughter of an Italian princess. Full of evil intrigue, racy romance and very familiar period details, the rushed, fragmented plot will satisfy Stewart's enthusiasts, though even they may wish for fewer events and better-developed characters next time around. (Feb.)
Library Journal
The fortunes of the Savage family, begun in The Magnificent Savages (LJ 4/15/96) continue in this next installment, which focuses on Justin Savage's two children. Half-Chinese and half-Caucasian, 27-year-old Julie is shunned by the snobbish New York social world of the 1880s, and so she heads west to begin a new life. Much to Papa's dismay, she marries a disreputable rogue who made his fortune in gambling and bordellos in San Francisco. Julie's younger brother Johnny, a rake dissatisfied with his position at his father's bank, takes off to explore the Dakotas with Teddy Roosevelt. The adventures of the younger generation take them to China, Hong Kong, England, Italy, and France, as they strive to find happiness and fulfillment. As always, Stewart's story is peppered with familiar names such as Jennie Randolph Churchill, Allan Pinkerton, Alfred Dreyfus, and numerous Rothschilds. Stewart paints a colorful picture of the lives of the rich and famous in late-19th-century America and Britain, and even if his characters sometimes seem larger than life, his tale is certainly entertaining. Recommended for collections where Stewart is in demand.Maria A. Perez-Stable, Western Michigan Univ. Libs., Kalamazoo
Kathleen Hughes
In this epic saga of doomed love, sibling rivalry, and swashbuckling on the high seas, Stewart tells the story of Justin Savage, illegitimate son of shipping magnate Nathaniel Savage. As young Justin heads out to sea in 1851 as a cabin boy on one of his father's ships, his insanely jealous, devious half brother, Sylvaner, plots to have him murdered. The murder plot misfires when Justin's life is saved by a beautiful young passenger, with whom he falls in love. Unfortunately, though, their young love is cut short when the ship is captured by pirates and Justin is forced to marry their leader, the infamous Madame Ching. Before the story reaches its surprising conclusion, Justin crisscrosses the world several times searching for his lost love and seeking retribution against his conniving brother. Several of Stewart's previous novels have been made into films, and this latest effort, a historical-suspense-romance novel, will please fans of his earlier work.
Kirkus Reviews
Stewart (Pomp and Circumstance, 1991, etc., etc.) customarily produces narratives filled with snapshot-like scenes of high drama—perhaps with TV rights in mind—and this lurid, mid-19th-century adventure at sea is no exception.

Justin Savage is the youngest son of the mortally ill shipping tycoon Nathaniel Savage. Although the spunky Justin is his father's favorite, as an illegitimate child he will not inherit the bulk of the old man's fortune; rather, the evil Sylvaner, Justin's much older half-brother, will take over the family business once Nathaniel dies. Sylvaner's wife, Adelaide Crowninshield, is his equal when it comes to all things malevolent; when the wayward, greedy pair learn that Nathaniel's last wish is for Justin to sail to China as a cabin boy on one of the ships in his fleet, they pay a crew member to murder him at sea. En route to China, Justin quickly makes many friends, including the lovely Samantha Aspinall, who saves his life and foils Sylvaner's plot. While Justin, with Samantha's help, reads his mother's diary (left him by Nathaniel, who wanted him to learn the truth of his origins), Sylvaner has uncovered what the diary reveals: That Justin's real mother was Adelaide's sister, making Justin Sylvaner's brother and nephew-by- marriage, and the only male heir to the Crowninshield name. Justin and Samantha's innocent shipboard romance is thwarted when, improbably, a pirate named Madame Ching captures their ship and the two are separated; both are later forced to marry for the wrong reasons, but eventually, after his Far Eastern adventures, Justin falls in love again, this time with the ravishing Fiametta. Through it all, he must dodge the relentless Sylvaner and find a way to survive the Taiping rebellion in China; when he finally gets home, everyone gets their deserts.

Contrived (down to the un-punny title), although the fast pace and swashbuckling style lend a certain readability.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780783819013
Publisher:
Cengage Gale
Publication date:
10/01/1996
Series:
G. K. Hall Core Ser.
Pages:
644
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.44(h) x 1.35(d)

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