Voyage of Slaves (Castaways of the Flying Dutchman Series #3)

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Adrift in the Mediterranean, Ben and his loyal dog Ned-cursed by an avenging angel to roam the earth forever-fall into the clutches of a slaver, and have no one to rely on but each other in their quest for freedom.

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Adrift in the Mediterranean, Ben and his loyal dog Ned-cursed by an avenging angel to roam the earth forever-fall into the clutches of a slaver, and have no one to rely on but each other in their quest for freedom.

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Eternal castaways Ben and his canine companion, Ned, continue their breathless adventures. After being adrift on the Mediterranean Sea, they are rescued, but their apparent good luck quickly goes bad as Ned is thrown overboard and Ben slips under the control of a slave lord. Young man and dog are eventually reunited, setting the stage for their exciting escape. Sympathetic characters; adroitly handled plot shifts.
Children's Literature - Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger
This third title, a part of the "Flying Dutchmen" series, joins Ben and his dog Ned on more thrilling adventures. Although they escaped from the evil captain of the Flying Dutchman, Ben and Ned are cursed to remain the same age forever. To hide this from the world, they must be constantly on the move so no one will guess their secret. As the story begins, Ben and Ned have become separated and both fear the worst. They are eventually reunited but their troubles are far from over. Through special powers Ben is able to communicate with Ned, and Ned is able to understand the words of other humans and relay these to Ben. This helps them escape but is not always enough to ensure their safety. When Al Misurata plots against the pair, Ned and Ben must rely on their wits and good luck. Will they be able to escape the ship and remain hidden? And how can they ever overcome the fear and troubles that always follows visions of their old nemesis, the Flying Dutchmen, and her crew? Intended for readers of the series; due to limited explanation of ongoing characters and past events.
VOYA - Sherry Korthals
Jacques again delivers an animated high-seas adventure in this third book of the Castaways of the Flying Dutchman series. As in preceding titles, Ben and his Labrador, Ned, are destined to roam the world aiding others, while awaiting guidance from the angel who cast them from the Flying Dutchman before dooming that ship to eternally sail the seas. Adrift on the Mediterranean in 1703, the boy and his dog are separated when Ben is captured by Barbary Coast slavers. The two are eventually reunited at the stronghold of Al Misurata, Africa's most ruthless slave trader, and their perils intensify when Ben falls in love with the beautiful chanteuse of Troupe Rizzoli, a group of traveling entertainers whom Misurata plans to enslave. Ben and Ned then face mounting danger as they battle corsairs and wreckers to rescue Serafina and the troupe from bondage. A whimsical fusion of legend and fictionalized history, this novel will not disappoint series readers, although Ben and Ned's invariable friendship may leave them hoping for growth in forthcoming installments. The duo's exploits are easily charted on the provided map, and steadily paced action maintains interest. Ben's relationship with Serafina is underdeveloped, but an unexpected plot twist portends her return in future adventures. Roguish heroes, buffoonish villains, comic dialogue, and Jacques's assurance that good unfailingly triumphs over evil ensure broad appeal among fantasy, adventure, and general middle-level readers. Multiple-copy purchase is recommended to meet anticipated demand. Many typographical and grammatical errors, should they not be corrected in finished copy, might lower the Q rating.
KLIATT
Brian Jacques takes a vacation at sea from his Redwall series (only one talking animal!) in this third book in the Castaways of the Flying Dutchman series. Ben and his faithful dog Ned have escaped the Flying Dutchman, due to the purity of their souls, but have not escaped the curse of immortality and are still at the command of the Angel of God who rescued them. Here they are "rescued" from the ocean, only to be captured by slavers. They are aided in their escape attempts by a traveling circus, a former pirate and a group of smugglers, all with their own strengths and talents. The bad guys are very bad, the good guys are very good and it all adds up to a rollicking adventure on land and sea. Essential for libraries with the first two books, but it works as a stand-alone as well. For all collections. KLIATT Codes: JS--Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2006, Penguin, Philomel, 384p., $23.99.. Ages 12 to 18.
—Deirdre Root
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Having escaped from the Flying Dutchman and its odious Captain Vanderdecken, Ben and his dog, Ned, are cursed to wander the Earth for eternity, never growing older. In this third account of their adventures, the castaways are again shipwrecked and separated. Ben is captured by the slave trader Al Misurata, while Ned is rescued by a company of itinerant entertainers. The two are reunited when the entertainers, the Rizzoli Troupe, are forced to perform for the trader, and all of them end up on Al Misurata's ship to be sold as slaves. Ned speaks to Ben telepathically, and since no one would expect a dog to understand human language, he overhears the villain's plans. This is just the beginning of the swashbuckling adventure as Ben and his black Labrador attempt to escape the ship and to rescue the Rizzoli Troupe, while, at the same time, avoiding recapture by the ghostly sailors of the Flying Dutchman. Numerous footnotes translate various snatches of dialogue in German or Italian. This can be either helpful or annoying, depending on your way of looking at it. However, it is easy to just enjoy the compelling and readable adventure. This book is a good choice for any library in which Jacques's books in general and the "Castaways" stories in particular are popular.-Tim Wadham, Maricopa County Library District, Phoenix, AZ Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441015283
  • Publisher: Ace
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Series: Castaways of the Flying Dutchman Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 308,904
  • Product dimensions: 4.32 (w) x 7.02 (h) x 0.88 (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
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  • Posted June 11, 2011

    Must read

    If you have read the previous two books in the Castaways of the Flying Dutchman Series, this book is a must read. It is unlikely that there will be another book in this series unless it was finished before February 2011. Brian Jacques passed away February 5, 2011.

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  • Posted September 14, 2009

    Voyage of Slaves

    Introduction
    Voyage of Slaves is a great story about the bonding of a boy and his dog through many exciting adventures. This is a book for all ages who want to read an interesting, exciting, well thought-up book.

    Description and summary of main points
    It is one of Brian Jaques' best works. It is the third book in the Castaways of the Flying Dutchman series. He is also the author of the Redwall series. They start out adrift at sea until they are picked up by slavers and taken into captivity. They meet some very good friends there and eventually find a way to escape. They then come back for their friends with other people they met along the way. As usual good prevails, but not always in the way you expect it to.

    Evaluation
    The book is very well written. Brian Jaques is one of the most creative authors out there. The exposition is well communicated in the very beginning of the book, but changes throughout. When you are reading the book it almost feels as if you are living the story. You become a character in the book. The plot is something only Jaques could come up with.

    Conclusion
    Voyage of Slaves is a good read for all ages. It has an interesting plot and very unique characters in more ways than one. I enjoyed reading this book, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes adventure

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2008

    Phenomenal book by Brian Jacques: Voyage of Slaves is a must read!

    Why anyone would not read this book is a mystery to me; it is a touching story of an immortal boy and his dog who can communicate by reading each other¿s thoughts. This book is fun to read fast paced but not too fast that you find yourself trying to catch up. The front cover of this book is interesting because it shows you that even though Ben swore to himself that he would never go out on a bout again he is back out on one. This leads you to wonder why this happened¿well read the book. Ben and his dog confront a slaver/ tyrant and brave the wide adventurous expanses of the ocean along with all of its perils in this amazing one-of-a-kind book by Brian Jacques. Find out how Ben and his dog escape from the clutches of evil again in this sequel of Angels Command; written by Brian Jacques.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2008

    soo good!

    i love this book! does anyone know if there will be another book in this series?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2006

    REDWALL

    redwall is my fav series by brian jacques. this book rocks!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2006

    a worthwhile story

    yah...i've always liked brian jacques stories...this one was really great...the characters were well developed and the plot went smoothly with tons of action and romance. i have to admit, it's kinda nice reading about a human for once. i mean, i love the redwall series but this is nice for a change. i recommend the Castaways of the Flying Dutchman series through and through.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2006

    Yay!

    This is my favorite of brian jacques's series! i've been hoping he would continue this series but kind of lost hope when he wrote yet another redwall book, high rhulain (which was very good by the way) and now hes finally continued this series! Yay!

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