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By Michelle Harrison. 2021
In this sequel to A Pinch of Magic, the three sisters face a haunted shipwreck, a fierce pirate, and, of course,…a little magic!The Widdershin family curse has been lifted, and the three sisters—Betty, Fliss, and Charlie—are free to leave the misty prison isle of Crowstone. But when a mysterious girl arrives at their inn accompanied by a will-o’-the-wisp, or ghost, it seems another adventure is afoot. The stranger, named Willow, is an escaped prisoner from nearby Lament, desperate to clear her father’s name before he’s executed for a crime he didn’t commit. Then Charlie is kidnapped by poachers, swept away on a dangerous mission in search of pirate treasure that’s protected by a vengeful ghost. Betty, Fliss, and Willow pile into their trusty boat and embark on a journey to a mythic island that exists only in legends.
By Jules Verne, Dan Andreasen, Jules Vern, Lisa R Church. 2006
A retelling of Jules Verne's original tale follows the adventures of a French professor and his two companions as they…sail above and below the world's oceans as prisoners on the fabulous electric submarine of the deranged Captain Nemo. For grades 3-6. 2006
By Neil Munro. 2002
A collection of beloved short stories starring the Scottish seaman and his quirky crew. Master mariner Para Handy, a.k.a.…Peter Macfarlane, has been sailing his way into the affections of generations of Scots since he first weighed anchor in the pages of the Glasgow Evening News in 1905. He and his crew—Dougie the mate, Macphail the Engineer, Sunny Jim, and the Tar—all play their parts in evoking the irresistible atmosphere of a bygone age when puffers sailed between West Highland ports and the great city of Glasgow. This definitive edition contains all three collections of short stories published in the author&’s lifetime, as well as those that were unpublished, and a new story that was discovered in 2001. Extensive notes accompany each story, providing fascinating insights into colloquialisms, place-names, and historical events. This volume also includes a wealth of contemporary photographs, depicting the harbors, steamers, and puffers from the age of the Vital Spark.
By Robert Graves. 2014
Swashbuckling historical fiction from the author of I, Claudius. &“A cleverly balanced mixture of spice, fact, humor and adventure on…and off the high seas&” (Kirkus Reviews). Set in the Age of Exploration, The Islands of Unwisdom tells the story of the ill-fated Don Álvaro de Mendaña y Neyra, a Spanish explorer set on finding the Solomon Islands, the mythical source of King Solomon&’s vast wealth. Driven by greed, ambition, and lust, Don Alvaro and his wife, the beautiful and dangerous Ysabel, lead a crew of adventurers beyond the horizon in search of the wealth of their wildest dreams. However, that&’s not exactly what they find. In the hands of master historical novelist, classicist, and poet Robert Graves, this tale offers a fascinating look at a brutal and bloody era, and insights into the reasons for Spain&’s failure to ultimately dominate world exploration during this time.
By Nicholas Jose. 1996
&“A fable, set in the 17th century, filled with vivid evocations of another time [and] wonderfully peculiar characters.&” —Kirkus Reviews…To escape Puritan England, naturalist Edward Popple signs on to be a ship&’s doctor on a journey across the Indian Ocean, and his daughter, Rosamund, stows away to accompany him. But a wreck leaves them stranded on an island off the coast of Africa. Amid the lush vegetation, the birds and the sea turtles, father and daughter set about exploring, Edward passionately studying the island&’s horticulture and Rosamund wandering about to discover its mysteries. Then a Chinese ship, with the last heir to the Ming dynasty among its passengers, arrives—and changes everything. &“The prose is ripe, laden with a sense of the forbidden, and with doom.&” —Publishers Weekly &“A luminous historical novel.&” —Booklist Online
By Ian Slater. 1979
&“A first-rate, crisply told adventure story&” of espionage, murder, and intrigue on the high seas from the bestselling author of…the WWIII novels (The Globe and Mail, Toronto). The great gold rushes of history pale in comparison to the vast mineral deposits that await discovery below the Pacific Ocean, just off the coast of Vancouver. As adventure- and fortune-seekers flock to the area, their lives intertwine in a perilous game of greed and ambition. Some want glory, others wealth. But for all of them, the pursuit of sea gold has become an obsession. Against a raging sea storm, the crews of three ships resort to espionage, sabotage, and murder, each hoping to claim the ore that is so vital to America&’s aerospace industry. Who will survive the storm? And who will win the race when coming in second means coming in dead? "As impelling a storyteller as you're likely to encounter." —Clive Cussler, New York Times-bestselling author of Havana Storm &“Thrilling, fast-paced . . . Sea Gold combines a high sense of adventure with excellent character and story development. . . . An out-and-out winner.&” —The Hamilton Spectator &“Full of furious action.&” —Quill and Quire
By Rear Admiral Edward Ellsberg. 1938
Based on a true story: the thrilling tale of a ship&’s 1879 journey to explore the North Pole—and the crew&’s…desperate attempt to escape an Arctic ice pack. In the 1870s, newspaperman James Gordon Bennett of the New York Herald drummed up excitement and publicity for his paper through highly publicized missions of exploration. In 1879, Bennett&’s idea for a voyage was his most audacious to date: the North Pole. To do this, he hired a team of naval veterans in addition to a smattering of civilians with specialized knowledge in meteorology, whaling, and naturalism. The men on board the Jeannette set off in September of 1879. This would be the last time anyone saw them for two years. The product of devoted research into personal histories, memoirs, and classified congressional investigation records, Hell on Ice is a remarkable document: a novelization of history, turning the horrible ordeal of the brave men of the Jeannette into a riveting narrative. Written with a weathered seaman&’s familiarity, the story brilliantly captures a most perilous voyage from the perspective of the ship&’s chief engineer. The men of the Jeannette endure months trapped in an Arctic ice pack, and then begin a desperate trek for home.
By Andre Norton. 1948
Few authors have achieved such renown as World Fantasy Life Achievement honoree and Science Fiction Writers of America Grand Master…Andre Norton. With the love of readers and the praise of critics, Norton&’s books have sold millions of copies worldwide.In Scarface, Andre Norton tells the story of a swashbuckling adventure with a pirate crew on the Spanish Main!The boy Scarface watched the lights of Tortuga dim as the Naughty Lass stood out for the open sea. The Spanish Main promised rich prizes for Captain Cheap and his pirate crew. And this time Cheap had set his sights high—for no less a prey than Sir Robert Scarlett, his lifelong enemy, and Her Majesty&’s fleet at Bridgetown. His plan was daring. Muskets roared and swords flashed as redcoats and pirates fought savagely. The fate of Bridgetown hung in the balance—and with it the secret of Scarface&’s true identity.
By David Poyer. 2020
World War III is over… or is it? Superpowers race to fill the postwar power vacuum in this page-turning thriller,…the next in the Dan Lenson series.In the next installment of David Poyer’s critically-acclaimed series about war with China, mutual exhaustion after a massive nuclear exchange is giving way to a Violent Peace. While Admiral Dan Lenson motorcycles across a post-Armageddon US in search of his missing daughter, his wife Blair Titus lands in a spookily deserted, riot-torn Beijing to negotiate the reunification of Taiwan with the rest of China, and try to create a democratic government.But a CIA-sponsored Islamic insurgency in Xianjiang province is hurtling out of control. Andres Korzenowski, a young case officer, must decide whether ex-SEAL Master Chief Teddy Oberg—now the leader of a ruthless jihad—should be extracted, left in place, or terminated.Meanwhile, Captain Cheryl Staurulakis and USS Savo Island are recalled to sea, to forestall a Russian fleet intent on grabbing a resource-rich Manchuria.The violent and equivocal termination of the war between China and the Allies has brought not peace, but dangerous realignments in the endless game of great power chess. Will the end of one world war simply be the signal for the beginning of another?
By Arthur C. Clarke. 2012
In this near-future sci-fi novel by the author of 2001: A Space Odyssey, two companies competing to raise the Titanic…find mystery among the wreckage. Two years before the centennial anniversary of the Titanic&’s demise, two powerful corporations compete to recover the legendary vessel from the floor of the North Atlantic. With the wreckage split in two, each company—one British and one Japanese—plans to use its spectacular technology to raise one half of the famous ship. But what they find deep beneath the ocean&’s surface is more than they bargained for. Discovered among the Titanic&’s remains are six perfectly preserved bodies, including one of a beautiful woman who was not listed among the ship&’s original passengers. Who was she—and what was her secret? The mission to find out becomes all-consuming and, for some, deadly. This fast-paced tale combines a centuries-old mystery with modern suspense and Clarke&’s visionary imagination—here concerned with future technologies, ecological crises, and the mysteries of fractal mathematics.
By Elizabeth McDavid Jones. 2009
In 1724, Rachel Howell leaves New York for South Carolina . . . and plunges into a dangerous world of…pirates and hidden treasure that threatens her family&’s futureWhen New York–born and –raised Rachel Howell sails for South Carolina to be reunited with her father, the last thing she expects is to be attacked by pirates! She&’s lucky to escape with her life, but the attackers take a pearl necklace belonging to her dead mother. Things go from bad to worse when Rachel arrives safely in Charles Town and learns her father is getting married again. The one bright spot is her friendship with Sally Pugh, the daughter of the local tavern owner. Until Papa&’s bride-to-be arrives . . . and forbids Rachel from seeing Sally. Determined to remain friends, Rachel and Sally search for a secret place to meet. They discover a hidden island in the Charles Town port, containing a sinkhole filled with quicksand, rocks with mysterious markings, . . . and a human skull. But when the girls are stranded overnight and overhear men in a hidden lagoon, they realize they&’ve stumbled onto something big. It could destroy Rachel&’s father&’s business . . . and Rachel&’s life. This ebook includes a historical afterword.
By Robert Sheckley. 1960
In &“The Prize of Peril,&” everyone lives on . . . because when someone is about to die, the emergency…squad is always there to bring that person back—whether he or she wants it or not. The seven other stories in this collection are &“The Humours,&” &“Triplication,&” &“The Minimum Man,&” &“If the Red Slayer,&” &“The Store of the Worlds,&” &“The Gun Without a Bang,&” and &“The Deaths of Ben Baxter.&” From the very beginning of his career, Robert Sheckley was recognized by fans, reviewers, and fellow authors as a master storyteller and the wittiest satirist working in the science fiction field. Open Road is proud to republish his acclaimed body of work, with nearly thirty volumes of full-length fiction and short story collections. Rediscover, or discover for the first time, a master of science fiction who, according to the New York Times, was &“a precursor to Douglas Adams.&”
By Diana Souhami. 2008
A unique travelogue in which the author journeys to Pitcairn Island—of Mutiny on the Bounty fame—with detours to eighteenth-century Tahiti…and beyond. It started with a coconut . . . In the early hours of April 27, 1789, Fletcher Christian, master&’s mate on the HMS Bounty, took a coconut from a pile on the quarterdeck. This random, seemingly inconsequential act set in motion a snowballing series of events that culminated in a revolt. In this strikingly original book, equal parts travelogue, memoir, and time-travel adventure, Diana Souhami moves across time and place, from eighteenth-century Tahiti to modern-day Pitcairn Island, from Knightsbridge to Tauranga, Mangareva to Tubuai. Along with Fletcher Christian, the sprawling cast of characters includes the unforgettable Captain William Bligh, who is cast adrift in an open boat on ferocious seas with eighteen men and no maps or supplies. Along the way, Souhami also introduces us to Pitcairn Island sex offenders, the Native American crew of a seventeen-thousand-ton ship called the Tundra Princess, her own elderly mother, and a mysterious lesbian aristocrat known as Lady Myre. Weaving together history, destiny, and chaos theory, this captivating adventure is for anyone who has ever yearned to travel to an exotic, faraway place.
By Geronimo Stilton. 2011
In this funny chapter book from the bestselling middle grade adventure series, a world traveling journalist mouse hunts for treasure…with his family.My sister had come up with a new way to torment me. She’d combined my two least favorite things—travel and ghosts! Thea had heard rumors of a haunted pirate treasure buried on a desert island. And before I could say “avast ye scurvy rats,” she’d dragged me into her treasure hunt!Praise for Geronimo Stilton’s books:“Lightning pace and full-color design will hook kids in a flash.” —Publishers Weekly
By Steve Vernon. 2006
Scary tales from Nova Scotia, by the author of The Tatterdemon Omnibus and Where the Ghosts Are: A Guide to Nova Scotia&’s Spookiest…Places. This is a collection of ghost stories from Nova Scotia—from the restless spirits of Devil&’s Island to the Black Dog of Antigonish Harbour. Documented and well-known stories from the provincial archives are mixed with word-of-mouth legends of strange happenings and scary sightings from across the province. Author Steve Vernon relies on his storytelling experience to create moody and terrifying tales from the annals of history. Praise for Steve Vernon &“Writing with a rare swagger and confidence, Steve Vernon can lead his readers through an entire gamut of emotions from outright fear and repulsion to pity and laughter.&” —Cemetery Dance
By Hank Searls. 1982
A New York Times–bestselling author&’s intricately conceived, &“remarkably eloquent&” response to Moby-Dick: a story of harmony between man and whale…(The Washington Post). This unique adventure tale follows two characters: one a sonar officer aboard a sinking Russian nuclear submarine; the other a massive, aging sperm whale swimming nearby. As the young man spends what may be his last days with the ship&’s lovely surgeon, he listens to the plaintive calls of the whales sounding—calls of compassion, fear, and anger at humankind&’s attacks on his species. Little does he realize these fellow creatures may also provide his only hope of survival. Giving voice to these magnificent mammals, Hank Searls—who in addition to his work as a writer has also been a yachtsman, underwater photographer, and Navy flyer—taps into our ancient connection to the natural world in a fascinating, suspenseful, and provocative drama.
By Thomas H Raddall. 2006
From an award-winning, master storyteller, a classic love story set on a barren, post-World War I island known for its…shipwrecks. A Nova Scotia classic, The Nymph and the Lamp is the story of Isabel Jardin, a strong and sensitive woman, and the men in her life—the stoic Matthew Carney, a living legend, the passionate Gregory Skane, and the innocent but infatuated Jim Sargent. Set in the 1920s, the story unfolds against the wild desolation of Marina, a wind-swept island off the coast of Nova Scotia, as the characters come to terms with their personal contradictions and the demands of isolated island life.
By Sally Gaunt. 2023
In the 16th century, the Portuguese were the dominant power in the triangle of India, Madagascar and East Africa. It…was the ‘Age of the Pirate’: forays into India to impress men into service on pirate ships, raids on shipping in the Arabian Sea for booty... A romantic story of adventure, The Princess and the Pirate centres on Zahira, a young Indian girl taken hostage and ransomed by the handsome, brave pirate chief, Pedro Alvarari. Can she forget home and family to contemplate a future with the pirates? Will Pedro’s lust for gold and drunken, violent life allow him to fall in love? Is the pirate life itself under threat by a desire for more order and stability? Written for young readers aged 15 and above or for the romance connoisseur, The Princess and the Pirate is beautifully illustrated with twelve plates.
By Carmen Boullosa. 1997
A dark, thought-provoking adventure that “artfully evokes the blood-soaked reality of 17th-century pirates” (Entertainment Weekly).This “wryly humorous, satiric, and often…macabre novel” (Library Journal) follows Jean Smeeks, a Flemish thirteen-year-old who signs up as an indentured servant with the French West Indies Company, but instead winds up a slave on the notorious island of Tortuga. Over time, he learns the arts of herbal medicine and surgery—a skill that allows him to join a band of Caribbean pirates. Contrasting Jean’s romantic pull toward the “Brethren of the Coast”—an all-male society pursuing socialist, anti-colonialist ideals—with the brutal reality of their lawless existence, They’re Cows, We’re Pigs is a “unique and memorable” novel whose “pirate world leaves you as a good book should: thinking” (The Boston Herald).
By Peter Tonkin. 2015
Mother Nature declares war on the West Coast in this&“terrifying, suspenseful, and vividly told&” action thriller: &“A must for high-seas-adventure…fans&” (Booklist). Richard and Robin Mariner are in Long Beach, California, overseeing the arrival of their container ship, Sulu Queen. From there, the adventuresome couple plan to join their friend Nic aboard his fifty-million-dollar motor yacht as he races his daughter in an Olympic-standard Katapult multihull down the coast to Mexico. But when a catastrophic once-in-a-thousand-years megastorm known as an ARkStorm overwhelms them, Richard and Robin are forced to turn the Sulu Queen into a real Noah&’s ark. Richard must guide her into the deadliest weather the Pacific has ever seen as he fights to save those closest to him—as well as countless other lives. &“Readers who batten down the hatches and keep the Dramamine handy should enjoy the rough but rewarding ride.&” —Publishers Weekly on Thunder Bay &“Tense, action-packed and authentic-feeling, especially in its welcome attention to maritime detail.&” —Kirkus Reviews on Deadly Impact