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My name is Silas Orr. I've been called many things in my life: slave, brother, runaway. But on board the Tenacity I'm just a 'boy': the pyrate's boy.
Found shipwrecked by the crew of the feared pyrate ship Tenacity, Silas is given a choice:
x Take his chances in a row boat on the open water; or
x Swear to the pyrate's code and become cabin boy for Captain Jon Harkin, the infamous pyrate Black Johnnie.
But life on the high seas isn't easy and when the pyrates discover a mysterious box attached to a human buoy, they begin the fight of their lives. Their adventures take Silas from Jamaica to Glasgow, on a dangerous journey of thievery, cannon fire and kidnap. What secrets will be revealed there?
'This is a terrific swashbuckling adventure which combines a vivid sense of place with page-turning urgency and a roster of charismatic characters, particularly the pyrates. This is quite simply a novel of most excellent storytelling, transporting the reader across oceans and back in time at pace which never flags and always surprises. I am more than a little in love with Black Johnnie, a Jacobite hero of the high seas with the heart of a gentleman and the fashion sense of a Carnaby St dandy, and am delighted that Silas is to continue ploughing the high seas with Billy the Fiddle and Toombi. I will be booking my passage when they next set sail. '
-- Catherine Forde, author of Sugarcoated and Fatboy Swim
'[T]his swashbuckling adventure, which owes much to Treasure Island and many others, but still offers a story of interesting characters, darkest villains and a rattling good pace that keeps the surprises coming thick and fast. Silas is an endearing young hero, who never forgets the sister he left behind or those that have helped him on his way, while Black Johnnie is as good a role model as a pirate could be ... Its plot, pace and characters make this story live and brings new impetus to an old genre. Recommended.'
'Silas' story is compelling enough to keep the story afloat. Blackmail, mutiny and an erupting volcano all contribute to the page-turner, but it is the bond between the captain and Silas that makes this story a page-earner.
An exciting adventure with a tender heart.'
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