Under the Black Ensign: A Pirate Adventure of Loot, Love and War on the Open Seas

Under the Black Ensign: A Pirate Adventure of Loot, Love and War on the Open Seas

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by L. Ron Hubbard
     
 

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Long before Captain Jack Sparrow raised hell with the Pirates of the Caribbean, Tom Bristol sailed to hell and back Under the Black Ensign. He’s felt the lash on his back. He’s been accused of murder. And he’s been left to die on a deserted island. But his luck is about to change. Together with a fiery woman and a crafty crew, he

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Long before Captain Jack Sparrow raised hell with the Pirates of the Caribbean, Tom Bristol sailed to hell and back Under the Black Ensign. He’s felt the lash on his back. He’s been accused of murder. And he’s been left to die on a deserted island. But his luck is about to change. Together with a fiery woman and a crafty crew, he raises a pirate flag of his own, setting out to make love and war on the open seas.

“A riveting tale of sailing ships, piracy and the high seas.” —Midwest Book Review

* A National Indie Excellence Award Winner

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Publishers Weekly

Errol Flynn would feel quite at home in Hubbard's ripping yarn of Caribbean piracy in the year 1680, first published in 1935. Press-ganged into the Royal Navy, Tom Bristol faces 100 lashes just as buccaneers attack the British man-o'-war on which he reluctantly serves. Tom soon realizes the pirate life is for him, a life replete with swordplay, maroonings and naval battles with ships lost in the roiling fog of cannon smoke. Supplementing the illustrated text are an extensive glossary of nautical and period terms, an essay entitled "L. Ron Hubbard and American Pulp Fiction," and a foreword by Kevin J. Anderson on the golden age of pulp fiction. The man who would go on to found Scientology never achieves the visceral intensity of such fellow pulp writers as Robert E. Howard, creator of Conan, but he conducts his minisaga in just the fashion readers of the era expected. (Sept.)

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Midwest Book Review
Also very highly recommended in this outstanding series is L. Ron Hubbard's Under the Black Ensign, a riveting tale of sailing ships, piracy and the high seas.
Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
This fast-moving adventure story will appeal to boys of all ages, beginning at about age 7. The hero, Bristol, is a young sailor (first mate of the bark Randolph) who has been "pressed" into service in the Royal Navy. It is a very difficult life, and Bristol finds himself in trouble with Sir Charles Stukely, Lord High Governor of Nevis, who orders Bristol flogged for something he really didn't do. Everything is prepared, but just before the whip can be raised the ship is attacked and taken over by pirates. When Bristol is faced with either being abandoned or signing on with the pirates he signs on happily. Life with the pirates is much better than navy life; the food is no better, but at least there is not quite as much brutality toward the sailors. Now that the pirates have two ships, Bristol is on one as a skilled navigator. But when Ricardo, the "captain" of this ship, proposes mutiny against Bryce, the pirate captain, Bristol ends up killing him. The penalty for fighting aboard is either death or marooning. Somehow Bristol also has discovered that the charming young midshipman on board is actually a woman who was picked up by the pirates on her way to Nevis—to marry Sir Charles Stukely! This is a fun read; the adventure begins on page 1 and doesn't end till page 85. It was originally written in 1936, a pulp novel (so-called from the quality of the paper on which was printed), and has traveled the years very well. Recommended. Reviewer: Judy Silverman
Library Journal

Hubbard wrote a ton of pulp stories in every genre during the 1930s and 1940s. Galaxy is reissuing all of them in paperback-80 books in all (told you it was a ton). Each book features a killer pulp cover along with other illustrations, a glossary (parts of a ship for the briny swashbucklers, etc.), and background on the author.


—Michael Rogers
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“Also very highly recommended in this outstanding series is L. Ron Hubbard’s Under the Black Ensign, a riveting tale of sailing ships, piracy and the high seas.” — Midwest Book Review

“Hubbard wrote a ton of pulp stories in every genre during the 1930s and 1940s. Galaxy is reissuing all of them in paperback – 80 books in all (told you it was a ton). Each book features a killer pulp cover along with other illustrations, a glossary and background on the author.” —Library Journal

 

“Errol Flynn would feel quite at home in Hubbard’s ripping yarn… replete with swordplay, marooning and naval battles with ships lost in the roiling fog of cannon smoke. Supplementing the illustrated text are an extensive glossary of nautical and period terms.” —Publishers Weekly

“This is a gem in American pulp fiction…” —Audiofile 

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592126316
Publisher:
Galaxy Press, LLC
Publication date:
09/08/2008
Series:
Historical Fiction Short Stories Collection
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
121
Sales rank:
802,611
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
12 Years

Read an Excerpt

The time-honored cry of the sea floated down to them from the foretop. “Sail ho!” All eyes went aloft. The lash was momentarily forgotten. The sail must be very close, otherwise it would not have been announced.

“Where away?” shouted Mannville.

“Off the starboard, coming across our bows!”

Men leaped to the rail. The haze of light cast up by the sun on water momentarily blinded them. And then they saw the ship. It was sailing against the morning sun, full-rigged, tall-masted, gilded sterncastle sparkling. It was a bark of about sixty guns. Against the light, its sails looked black.

Even as they stared at it, a roll of bunting went up the truck and burst. Its identity was unmistakable. A grinning skull against an ebon field.

L. Ron Hubbard


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