His soul seared and his heart calloused, his obsession to get back to the killer of his parents dominates his life. And so the boy Jackson O'Reilly becomes the pirate "Black Jack", the relentless scourge of any who stand in his path to retribution, until a daring rescue of two of his mates teaches him that there are other emotions then anger, other feelings then hatred and mistrust.
©2008 Gene Hackman and Daniel Lenihan; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
A great adventure story. I don't know why Audible doesn't have an adventure category. That is my favorite genre and this book falls in there easily. I imagine Errol Flynn playing Blackjack, but I am old and most of the readers will not know his pictures. It is a page turner that I almost missed because for some reason I could not get the sound bite for the book to work. I never have downloaded a book without checking out the narrator until this one. Not to worry though, as the narrator does a very fine job and is easy to listen to. I finally let my curiosity over how Gene Hackman would do as an author override my doubts. If you like adventure and action books don't pass on this one.
This is a great story that feels familiar enough to get right into but with enough originality to keep you in the story. I only wish there was a sequel, this feels like it should be the first part of a series. Even though the main plot line is resolved at the end, the characters and writing style are so appealing you want more.
Rollicking seafaring adventure, reminiscent of tales of Captain Hornblower and Anthony Adverse. There are other fine tales of the sea and I believe I must find more and make a list.
I bought the hard cover edition of this book because I am a Gene Hackman fan and love a good nautical tale. I loved this book and decided to try and find it on audio CD. My two choices were cassette or Audible. This one book lead me to my Audible addiction.
I loved the adventure of this story. It must have played to my inner child. I was a fan of Moby Dick and Treasure Island when I was growing up. This story has elements of both. Maybe it was my love of pirate movies when I was a kid. Alas, 13 years later, I guess there will not be a sequel.
James's voice adds great dimension to the voices of the main characters and the ships crew. From pirate speak of the crew to Jack's Cuban mother, I forgot I was listening to one voice.
Jack, the protagonist was the most memorable character. Jack starts of as a angry young man bent on revenge and matures into the hero.
It's simple really, I am just a guy looking to enjoy the writing and reading talents of others while raising my family the best I can, just Like most everyone else!!!
I liked it and would love another! I was reluctant because I was worried a famous person was useing their name to get to write a book but my worries did not come true for it was a very good to great book!
"Adventure in the true sense"
It's a really good listen. I became engrossed in the story and continually wanted to know more. It gives you a real sense of how it might have been to live in the early 19th century.
I don't really have anything I can compare this story to, but I will be looking for further period books that might compare.
This is my first time with James Daniels as the narrator and I certainly will look for other books he has done.
I had great difficulty putting it down. If I had the time I would have listened all in one sitting.
I nearly overlooked this altogether as I am very wary of famous people turning to writing books. I was impressed.
I only have time to listen to small bites at a time, but the anticipation for the next listen was almost overwhelming.
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