I don't know what they teach kids in school today about Sir Francis Drake. It seems to me that it was "Mumble, mumble, knighted, mumble, mumble, privateer, mumble, mumble, defeat of the Spanish Armada." Of course, there was only one movie house in the county, and it showed but one movie a week, and I learned much of my history from the movies which has swashbuckling heroes capturing railroad engines and galavanting around the confederacy wrecking the rail system, the riding off into the sunset with the beautiful senorita upon a golden palomino with a black circle around one of its eyes as it he had a black eye. And the popcorn and Milk Duds were pretty good, too.
So much of this book was very entertaining to me, although I must confess I am a little concerned about people who rewrite history, for they left out the parts about the railroad engine, and the cowboys and injuns, and Tarzan and the horse that looked like it had a black eye.
They did a bang-up job, though, of writing a story where Drake ignored a huge treasure in silver, simply for the reason that it would have sunk all Drake's ships. Everybody knows it's a matter of positive mental attitude, and that if Drake had any gumption at all, he's have gotten the guys to row REALLY FAST so that he'd have the silver back to Spain before the ships had a chance to sink.
On the other hand, unlike the dusty history we were taught in school, this story reads sorta like an action-adventure story. It's missing all the nifty parts where he buckles his swash, and runs his sword through the enemy while dancing up and down te stairs, but then it deals with his wives with none of that kissing and dancing stuff that used to make us close our eyes and scrunch down in our seats, having left take a look every so often to see if it was safe to look at the screen again.
Recommended. It's not as much fun as a Harry Potter story, but it's pretty good anyhow.