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

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

by Brian Jacques

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780441015283
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/28/2007
Series: Castaways of the Flying Dutchman Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 607,112
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 - 12 Years

About the Author

Brian Jacques was both a master storyteller and a jack-of-all-trades. He lived the life of a sailor, actor, stand-up comedian, radio host, bobby, even a bus driver. He was the recipient of an honorary doctorate in literature from the University of Liverpool and a New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty-five books for younger readers, including the wildly popular Redwall series. Dr. Jacques was a lifelong resident of Liverpool, England.

Date of Birth:

June 15, 1939

Date of Death:

February 5, 2011

Place of Birth:

Liverpool, England

Place of Death:

Liverpool, England

Education:

St. John¿s School, Liverpool, England

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Voyage of Slaves (Castaways of the Flying Dutchman Series #3) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
librisissimo on LibraryThing 2 days ago
Substance: Backtracks from the first book published in the series, to an adventure in the 18th-century Mediterranean. For a hundred-year old man in boy's guise, Ben isn't always as clever as he should be.Style: Manages to convey the horror of slavery but still contains a good deal of naivete, for the junior reader.
LeslitGS on LibraryThing 2 days ago
The Flying Dutchman is a ship cursed to sail the seas for eternity without rest or harbour. Ben and Ned, the two innocents on board when the crew was cursed by an Angel of the Lord, share only in immortality and instead roam the world as they can, following the Angel's command to help all they can. Their most recent adventure lands them with a travelling troupe of performers in the clutches of a slave trader called Al Misurata. Aside from escaping themselves, both Ben and Ned know they must rescue their new friends and, if possible, put a stop to the evil man. However, their past is a complicated one that cannot be explained to just anyone, and even as the wretched Captain Vanderdecken persues them in their nightmares, Ben faces perhaps his most challenging problem to date: falling in love with a normal girl.This book is a sequel. Actually, it's a third. But I'm tempted to label it, not only my favorite, but the best of the three stories. The first novel, The Castaways of the Flying Dutchman was half back story half new adventure--it's moderately difficult to have a randomly immortal boy and dog that go about saving folks without actually having a reason as to why. Even Dr. Who has a backstory. Quite an intense and complex one, too, it would seem. Book two, The Angel's Command, is also split down the middle as two stories. This book falls back on the Redwall standby of having the book dubdivided into three books and then chapters throughout, with the books being nothing more than sort of act markers for a play. The book, physically about the same size as the others, is one story from first page to last and allows Jacques to play with more maneuvers and action while also developing his side characters. Sort of. As the sea would allow, there are actually several change overs from ship to ship, regularly presenting new friends to help Ben and Ned on their mission.Being the third in the series, this is not really an easy book to pick up and read standalone. Throughout the text, there are numerous references to the previous written adventures [all footnoted with the title to which you would look for them] and even a few brief explanations, but I would venture to say that a new reader to the series would find these more obnoxious than helpful. Actually, even as a returning reader, I found them to be kind of obnoxious. [The footnotes for the few non-English words were quite helpful, though. I learned a few pieces of German and Italian.] But if a reader can get over the oddities of the premise and arrangements and approach this book for the children's adventure that it is, well, it is more than enjoyable. There are all the things, I think, that should be found in a rousing and properly exciting sea-faring adventure. Ships, enemies, friends, fights, cannons, a storm or two... There is always something going on, as well, with the perspective following Ben and Ned for starters [together or apart], the performing troupe in their captivity and sometimes even the baddies behind closed doors.Some, including myself originally, may be a bit in the way of a doubting Thomas about reading yet another Jacques book, though. He has always provided action and pacing, but some of the later Redwall novels began to get a bit predictable. The first Castaways book felt like a Redwall in several ways. There were your main underdog [sorry Ned] protagonists, some supernatural help, a large seemingly overwhelming evil to face and some riddles. Voyage steers more clear of ilk, completely free of riddles and suspending the supernatural presence and assistance of the Angel for the main bulk of the text. [Basically, it bookends the story, with an appearance at the beginning and end.] True, Vanderdecken and the Dutchman appear throughout, but a psychotic evil Captain who got himself damned to an eternity of sailing and vowing to catch you and drag you along with him would be, I imagine, hard to shake.Rip-roaring until the end, Voyage of the Slaves is an excellent
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scoutergirl More than 1 year ago
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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HSTEINAGEL More than 1 year ago
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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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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i love this book! does anyone know if there will be another book in this series?
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redwall is my fav series by brian jacques. this book rocks!
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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.