A tale of smuggling and mystery on the Dorset coast as told by John Trenchard, a boy obsessed with discovering the secret of Colonel 'Blackbeard' Mohune's hidden treasure. One night, trapped in the Mohune family vault beneath the church, John finds a locket round the Colonel's neck which contains verses from the Psalms of David. What could it mean? Elzevir Block, landlord of the local public house, who has lost his son in the contraband wars, befriends John and together they struggle to find the secret of Blackbeard's buried wealth. It is an adventure story full of action and misfortune spanning many years, two different countries and ending with a message to us all.
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"Peter Joyce is the most remarkable one-man band in audiobook publishing. Joyce, an experienced actor, reads them all himself." (The Independent)
This is a well put-together story with a cast of engaging characters and scenes that made me smile and groan. There were plenty of ups and downs to keep me interested. I suppose that it's a sort of action adventure but the friendship of the main characters was what I felt drove the story.
I have to thank Chris de Burgh as I got this downlaod as a result of listening to his 'Moonfleet and other stories' and I'm really pleased that I did.
A rollicking tale of smuggling, adventure and growing up. Of course, by our standards, the moral underlay about greed and generosity is rather heavy handed and in your face, and the plot depends on both a ludicrously improbable set of events to set up the second half and then an equally improbable coincidence to create the resolution. But the themes of loyalty and the choices we make affecting others are actually rather well done. The narration started out feeling a little blunt but soon grew on me - it allows the emotion to come over from the words without excessive dramatisation.
Good story, well written and well read. If you liked Treasure Island you'll probably like this. I'd expect to come back to this again and again and I'd pass it on.
"Wonderful to hear this book."
I was first forced to read this book in grade 9 as part of English. It was of all the books I read for English in high school the only one I felt at the end I understood why we had been assigned to read it.
It is an adventure story of the same ilk as Treasure Island. Christian values and practicals are part of the story but not critical to understanding it. More importantly it is about how we view ourselves and the choices we make. I would say that any teenager would likely have a good chance of enjoying the story.
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