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With his long black curls, a shadowy family tree, and an affinity for pet spiders, James Matthew bears little resemblance to his starched-collar, blue-blooded peers at Eton. Dubbed King Jas., he stops at nothing to become the most notorious underclassman in the prestigious school's history. For James, sword fighting, falling in love with an Ottoman Sultana, and challenging the Queen of England are all in a day's skullduggery. But when he sets sail on a ship with a mysterious mission, King Jas.' dream of discovering a magical island quickly turns into an unimaginable nightmare.

Screenwriter J.V. Hart traces the evolution of J.M. Barrie's classic villain from an eccentric outcast to the scourge of Neverland.

©2005 J.V. Hart (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers

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    5 out of 5 stars

Brilliant!!

Great story, great narrator! After loving Peter Pan, i never thought i would like Captain Hook! This story tells you the first part of his life, how he became "Capt. J Hook", and why he's not particularly fond of the "Darlings". I'm looking forward to the next book!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Ruth
  • Columbus, NJ, United States
  • 03-28-07

Loved it

I loved this book. It gave me a whole new way to interpret Hook.
I would love to read another story about Hook like this.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Didn't

I am a huge fan of all things pirate so I fully expected to love this story of the childhood villain, Captain Hook, and how he came to be. Although the story was good, it dragged quite a bit in too many places. The references to things Peter Pan were great and the character of James (Hook) was very well developed. It just seemed to take forever and I never found myself really eager to get back to the story until the end. The narrator's voice was great unless he was voicing one of the highbrows, in which case it got horribly annoying - a drawn out British voice that made me cringe every time. I would recommend the book to hardcore Pan and Hook fans for sure, but everyone else should make sure they have the patience for this one.

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Disappointing and seemingly neverending

What did you like best about Capt. Hook? What did you like least?

Captain Hook has long been one of my favorite characters. I wanted this book for a very long time and was happy to find an audio version. However, the book is fairly repetitive, even for a teen novel. It's long and winding and explains a lot of boring things, taking forever to get to the point. The introduction of a boring love story made it even worse. The narrator only has a few voices he can do, and most will get on your nerves.

How could the performance have been better?

A different, more talented narrator. The voice just became grating, especially when he was doing Darling's voice.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Maybe, but it would depend on the cast. It's really quite boring.

Any additional comments?

Don't bother.