Tom Lee has always dreamed of going to sea, just like his father.
So when he's invited to join Captain Lee's crew aboard the Serota Star to sail from Singapore to Penang, it promises to be the trip of a lifetime.
But Tom hadn't reckoned on the murderous pirates that follow them down the Malacca Straits.
Vicious crews terrorize these waters, using radars and tracking technology to pinpoint and prey on valuable cargo-carriers. And when a Triad gang discovers what the Serota Star is carrying, the order goes out to seize the ship at all costs. Tom is thrust into a terrifying world where the pirate leader, the sinister Dragon Lady, has the power of life and death over him.
With his father's life ind anger, and ruthless pirates cracking the whip, Tom will need to rely on his new friends, and his knowledge of the sea, in order to make a brave escape ...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
- Publication Date: 01/05/2008
- Category: General
- ISBN: 9780340893593
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Review by adpaton
This book sadly lacks one of the most essential ingredients of any tale intended for young people - humour. It also lacks imagination, excitement and coherency but those are elements that pale into insignificance compared to the need for the occassional belly laugh in any work calling itself Young Adult. Apart from the above flaws however Pirates is fairly interesting: Tom joins his dad in the Serota Star for the journey from Singapore to Penang through the Malacca Straits, one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world and the ship is captured by pirates.Until fairly recently most of us have thought of Pirates as buccanneers, those Freebooters who haunted the Caribbean in the 17th and 18th centuries, preying initially on the Spanish treasure ships but soon becoming the general terror of the seas.We forget that piracy is a priblem dating back to Roman times when they had a stranglehold on the Medietrranean until famously defeated by Julius Caesar [ as any fan of Asterix books knows] and still very prevalent. In the last year or so Somalian pirates have had amazing success around the horn of Africa, proving that piracy is still very much alive and well. Tom and his dad manage to escape not only with their lives but with the ship and cargo as well but the writer makes the point that theirs was just a scuffle in a war in which the battlefield is basically possesed by the pirates.