• The Ghostfaces

  • The Brotherband Chronicles, Book 6
  • By: John A. Flanagan
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (1,183 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From John Flanagan, author of the worldwide best-selling Ranger's Apprentice, comes a brand-new chapter in the adventures of young Skandians who form a different kind of family - a brotherband.

When the Brotherband crew are caught in a massive storm at sea, they're blown far off course and wash up on the shores of a land so far west that Hal can't recognize it from any of his maps. Eerily, the locals are nowhere in sight, yet the Herons have a creeping feeling they are being watched.

Suddenly the silence is broken when a massive marauding bear appears, advancing on two children. The crew springs into action and rescues the children from the bear's clutches, which earns them the gratitude and friendship of the local Mawagansett tribe, who finally reveal themselves. But the peace is short lived. The Ghostfaces, a ruthless, warlike tribe who shave their heads and paint their faces white, are on the warpath once more. It's been 10 years since they raided the Mawagansett village, but they're coming back to pillage and wreak destruction. As the enemy approaches, the Herons gear up to help their new friends repel an invasion.

In this sixth book in the action-packed Brotherband Chronicles, the Herons find themselves in unfamiliar lands and prepare for battle with a ruthless, unknown enemy.

©2016 John A. Flanagan (P)2016 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"[A] vigorous offshoot of the Ranger’s Apprentice series." (Booklist)

"This enjoyable, old-fashioned tale should have easy appeal for Flanagan’s many fans, who are already invested in the world he’s created." (Publishers Weekly)

"Well developed and vocabulary rich, with endearing new characters and a rousing adventure that assures new episodes, this book will delight Flanagan fans." (School Library Journal)

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A Natural Progression

A nice addition to the Brotherband Series. Not sure it is as good as the others. Still a very good story, if a little predictable. Still given it's intended audience easily forgiven.

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great book

i love his writing style and the concepts behind each of these books. this one doesn't seem quite as up to par as his others but I'm sure with multiple ongoing series and such awesome beginning books in the series it's a hard thing to top, but it was still another great book.

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Please write faster Mr. Flanagan!

John Flanagan is one of those writers that can transport his readers on the adventure with his characters. He has chosen well in his narrator John Keating. He enhances the story with a unique voice for each character. My students love these books; all the way through high school and they keep reading them in college, and I love them as an adult. He is one of those small group of authors that can appeal across generational lines because he focuses on a good story with strong characters. It is so hard to wait for his next book!

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An amazing series with incredible details,

loved the reader. I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOK! I recommend this book to anyone.

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another good book

A good story got a little predictable in the end but still a good read

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killing off someone is not a conflict resolution

-2 stars for that weak and I'll thought out plot. other than that it was a great story.

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Inconsistent with the rest of the series.

Love the series but this one was not the authors best. In it the crew encounters a whale by its description, something that Scandians are quite familiar with as noted in all the other books and Rangers Apprentice: The Icebound land. However in this book the crew seems to have no clue what one is, describing it as a sea monster or giant fish. Further, the author makes mention that Lydia could not return back to her homeland because she stole several diamonds when she left. She actually took emeralds and as far as anyone knows, her countrymen weren't even aware of their existence. If they were, they would have assumed Zavak took them as he did the rest. I know these are small errors but I would think the author would have caught the inconsistencies.
As for the storyline, it just didnt have the same feel as the rest of the books. The characters all acted the same but the plot was comparatively weak, almost as if the author really wanted the crew to meet native americans but then could not think of a good antagonist to really put their skills to the test. In a nutshell the crew gets blown off course and ends up in America, meets nice natives, helps them defeat bad natives with their superior weapons, then goes home.
I truly hope its not the last in the series. There needs to be at least one more to redeem the storyline.

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Across the Endless Ocean to...

Narration doesn't add to the storytelling, because Keating's phrasing is slightly off. He pauses at odd times within a sentence.

This is an enjoyable alternate-history adventure series with a strong focus on seamanship, wilderness survival, and warfare, with themes or loyalty, friendship, courage and service. "Ghostfaces" is the sixth saga featuring the Skandian (Scandinavian) Brotherband of eight young men, plus Lydia the young huntress and old Thorn the washed-up one-handed warrior, rejuvenated.

"The Heron" — the first sailboat in Skandia rigged with triangular sails rather than square — sets sail for home but is blown off course by the storm of the century. Instead of sailing northeast, the Brotherband is heading southwest across The Endless Sea, enduring lightning and monstrous waves, etc. They get through it by Loki's Luck and the skirl's (skipper's) amazing seamanship.

Finally, half-dead from dehydration, they spot a floating tree and other signs of life. It's a new land, unknown, uncharted, and brimming with wild turkey, deer, etc. There's a man-eating bear, a tribe of kindhearted natives, and a vicious tribe of Ghost Faces.

It's pre-colonial America, but not. It's Tecumseh, but not. It's history, but not.

Enjoyable, no real complaints, but sometimes repetitive and not the best in this series.

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Amazing Book & Narration

This book is beautifully written and wonderfully narrated! I have listened to it multiple times now.

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great story

this is my favorite brother band book followed close by scorpion mountain. john keating does a fantastic job with the works of john Flanagan