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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Isle of Swords by Wayne Thomas Batson

A group of British army renegades is scouring the ocean, just trying to survive. They are the good pirates. Declan Ross is their captain. His only child, Anne, is trying hard to be a pirate, but her father insists that she not live that kind of life.
A group of unruly sailors is scouring the ocean for treasure. They are the bad pirates. Their captain is the ultimate nemesis of the good pirate captain.
A young man has awakened on a beach with a pouch containing jewels strapped to his side. He doesn't know who he is or where he came from. He eventually joins the good pirates to try to figure out who he is.
A group of monks holds the secret to the treasure the bad pirates want, and they aren't going to give it up easily.
The treasure they all seek is on an island impossible to reach unless one knows the secrets. They all want the secrets, but one man stands in their way.
The characters are pretty much stereotypical for this kind of adventure book. Everyone plays their part a little too well. It's all clear cut except for a few minor details, like the locations of the maps.
There are a bit too many near death escapades. Explosions and cliff hangers litter the book. It's bordering on a B-grade action movie.
But the slightly original end brings it back down to earth a little.
The whole concept of the book is a departure for Batson. He has actually brought his fiction to our world, but to an unlikely set of characters.
All in all, the book is worth reading, but it isn't Elite.
3 stars

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