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H.M.S. Barabbas

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A great continuation of a legendary tale. You'll not regret reading this story.

Synopsis

This begins the story of what Jim Hawkins did after TREASURE ISLAND (n.b. out of copyright since the 1960s). He is a young man in possession of a fortune and with a taste for adventure. The one thing he will NOT do is return to Treasure Island. He wants to use his wealth for good and become like his mentor Dr Livesey, so intends to train as a doctor. En route to London, Jim falls foul of the press gang, which would be bad enough on its own. Unfortunately for Jim, he has already written TREASURE ISLAND: a bragging memoir which contains a single, small white lie that has affected his life ever since; which colours people's perceptions of him; and which tells people that he knows where more treasure is to be found.

A classic can be continued as this book will prove to those who enjoyed the original story of Treasure Island. I had recently read the classic again so the story was fresh in mind. That was another reason I wanted to review this book, and I was not disappointed.


This stories continues a few years after Jim Hawkins returns from his famous adventures. What he doesn't imagine is that his adventures are far from over. The treasure will haunt him always.


I take my hat off to the author for keeping the flow of the story running smoothly. The style is more modern, but the heart of the classic still directs the writer's pen. I found myself gladly going along on the new journey and not upset at all with a new direction for the tale's continuation.


A few characters continue, but the author introduces new ones in this new phase of Jim's life. They are well developed and easy to get to know, even the complicated ones.


I think Jim's character is the best one, though the main evil one comes in a short second. Jim is older. He has had time to reflect on his earlier accounts and actions. He has done things he is ashamed of and has to reconcile himself with his actions. It is all a part of growing up, and Jim has a much larger feat than most people do during this stage of their lives.


A delightful read that had many unexpected twists and turns. I couldn't put it down. If you enjoyed the classic story of Jim Hawkins and Long John Silver, you'll enjoy this story as well. It goes to prove that there is always more to the story than you assume. Don't accept the end as that...the end.


Sit back with a plate of fish and chips and enjoy this tale that is far from being done.



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Synopsis

This begins the story of what Jim Hawkins did after TREASURE ISLAND (n.b. out of copyright since the 1960s). He is a young man in possession of a fortune and with a taste for adventure. The one thing he will NOT do is return to Treasure Island. He wants to use his wealth for good and become like his mentor Dr Livesey, so intends to train as a doctor. En route to London, Jim falls foul of the press gang, which would be bad enough on its own. Unfortunately for Jim, he has already written TREASURE ISLAND: a bragging memoir which contains a single, small white lie that has affected his life ever since; which colours people's perceptions of him; and which tells people that he knows where more treasure is to be found.

We Buried the Doctor

“We buried the doctor today. The old man nearly made his century, which would not have surprised anyone who knew him. He was always his own best patient.”


Sir James Hawkins, FRS, MD, laid down his pen, full of thought. The lamp flame cast a circle of light around his study. Across the desk, the window was dark. Beyond it he could hear the sea. Raindrops on the glass reflected back the yellow light.

Footsteps moved on the boards behind him. Another lamp was set down on the desk and a pair of slender arms wrapped gently around his neck. He leaned a little to one side so that she could read what he had written. Then she kissed the top of his head.

“He was very proud of you.” He didn’t answer. “Who are you writing to?”

He hesitated. “I don’t know. Now he’s gone there’s so much inside me that I feel I could …” A sigh. “Yes, he was proud of me. Perhaps he would have been less proud if he knew everything.”

“It would not have made the slightest difference,” she scolded. “One little lie back when you were a boy- …”

“… and many larger ones when I was a man,” he said wryly.

“So, what will you do when you’ve written down the truth? Publish it for all to see?”

“Perhaps I should. It will be interesting to see how many readers remember the first part.”

Many years ago he had written an account of how he, the son of an innkeeper, came to know Dr David Livesey, and acquired a fortune, and made the acquaintance of many other colourful characters. He and the doctor had been involved in a grand expedition to retrieve the buried treasure of a pirate – Captain Flint, ‘the bloodthirstiest buccaneer that sailed’, as Squire Trelawney had described him. He had set out on the voyage as a young boy looking forward to adventure. By the time he came back he had witnessed murder and betrayal, and had learnt the hard way that sometimes good men must deal with the devil.

He also returned with the ‘one small lie’ on his conscience and it had shaped his life ever since. He had not put the lie into his account, which for want of anything better he had called Treasure Island.

He took up the pen again and held it over the paper. Then he looked pointedly at her until the hint was taken and with a muffled “hmph” she left the room.

And then he began to write.


“Readers of my earlier account might recall a man named Israel Hands. They might have believed that when he died on Treasure Island, that would be the last they heard of him. That was certainly my assumption. I was wrong …”


About the author

Ben Jeapes took up writing in the mistaken belief that it would be easier than a real job (it isn’t). Hence, as well as being the author of many novels and co-author of many more, he has also been a journal editor, book publisher, and technical writer. view profile

Published on January 02, 2020

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Genre: Young Adult

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