Flint and Silver Paperback
by John Drake
Rip-roaring adventures for fans of 'Pirates of the Caribbean' and Patrick O' Brian, in these pirate prequels to 'Treasure Island'.
When all your friends are dead, there's no choice but to join the enemy...After pirates stormed his merchant's ship, massacring all around them, they found one opponent who wouldn't go down: John Silver. And so with six men dead at his hand, Silver is made an offer he can't refuse: join them or die.
On the other side of the world, the legendary Captain Flint is the meanest, most dangerous bandit on the high seas.
He fears no another man - until he meets fellow freebooter 'Gentleman' John Silver.
Together, they forge a formidable partnership as villains-in-arms.
But there's more to piracy than rum, sodomy and the lash...there's gold, hundreds of thousands of pieces of it, enough for everyone, in fact - until the arrival of Selina, a beautiful runaway slave, triggers a violent jealousy that turns these best of friends into sworn enemies. And as Flint schemes to secure the vast loot for himself, the legend of Treasure Island begins...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 432 pages, 1 map
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 05/03/2009
- Category: Historical adventure
- ISBN: 9780007268948
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Review by DeltaQueen50
John Drake the author of Flint and Silver says that he wrote this book in order to answer some of the questions left unanswered by Robert Louis Stevenson in his great work. Treasure Island. So for the curious, we find out how Long John Silver lost his leg, how he got his parrot and why the pirates buried their treasure in the first place. We are also introduced to some great characters, principle among them being the utterly wicked Captain Joe Flint. Long John Silver is an absolute gentleman compared to this ruthless pirate.Flint and Silver was a great book about pirates and their peculiarities. The author puts in a good deal of realistic historical information, adventure, and even romance. We can see the shaping of Long John from a merchant marine sailor into the pirate he was to become. I believe this author loved Treasure Island and his prequel rings true in fact and characterization. Kudos for basing his book on such a well-known and well-loved classic. I enjoyed this book, and I definitely plan on reading the sequel Pieces of Eight, as we are left hanging at the end of Flint and Silver, and I would like to eventually have the full story revealed. A fun read and one I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to fans of the pirate genre.