Bristol, 1618. Kit Faulkner is a young vagrant orphan, taking life as he finds it in the rough world of the docks. But after an encounter with two gentlemen, his fortunes are changed forever. Kit is taken aboard the Swallow, a large merchant ship partly owned by the two men, Captain Henry Mainwaring and Captain Gideon Strange, and they decide to train the boy for a life on the sea. And so begins the adventures of Kit Faulkner, which see him rise through the ranks and risk all in encounters with pirates and a French man-of-war. Meanwhile, England edges ever closer to civil war, and very soon Kit must choose which side he will fight for…
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The book starts off interestingly with mr. Rat, but then jumps forward in time. It seems like there are many interesting events that are covered as a summary instead of in the moment.
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