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Date Posted: 16:10:22 06/16/06 Fri
Author: Syl
Subject: Wake of the Perdido Star

This looks like a good adventure yarn! And with the imminent release of the second Pirates of the Caribbean film, quite topical. Thanks a lot, Beccabee!

TITLE: The Wake of the Perdido Star

AUTHORS: Gene Hackman (yes, that Gene Hackman) & Daniel Lenihan

GENRE: Fiction

The Wake of the Perdido Star is a fast moving, engrossing, FUN book.

For the protagonist, seventeen year old Jack O’Reilly, life is very
difficult, chiefly because of his highly principled outspoken father who
can never, ever resist challenging and angering the powers that be. Run
out of another town in which he was settled and comfortable yet again,
Jack goes with his parents on a grueling sea voyage to Habana, Cuba, a
country in which his mother owns land. During the trip Jack makes
friends with the rough crew of the ship, The Perdido Star, and special
friends with Paul, a young, intellectual French/American castaway that
is pulled from the water and onto the Star after his own ship is
destroyed by fire.

The O’Reilly’s first meeting in Habana with their kinsman, the Count de
Silva, seems to go well and they make plans to take control of the land
which was willed to Jack’s mother. After a series of terrible
misfortunes, Jack crawls back to the Perdido Star and is rescued by the
rough and tumble crew. He and Paul become starboard deckhands and their
adventures begin in earnest.

Over the course of a couple of years Jack and the crew bond and become
legends of the high seas due to events that came about by their own hard
work and a bit of luck, but which seem like major derring-do and
incredible chutzpah to their contemporaries.

In the end, Jack and his mates triumph over all adversity and wreak
joyful revenge on those that have wronged them.

Of course, Jack is just a little too good, handsome, strong and lucky to
be true and his friend Paul just so intelligent and prone to fainting
that he is a tiny bit unbelievable, but all that adds to the enjoyment
of the yarn. Watch out for my personal favorites, the scrappy Hansumbob
and the cool cool cool Chinese cook Quen-Li.

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[> Hey Becca, this sounds like fun. I love the way you weave the word chutzpah into your review, and the fact that one of the main charachters feint! I will definitly keep my eyes open for this one. -- Margy, 16:28:29 06/16/06 Fri

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[> Sounds good.......my summer reading list is getting l--o--n--g!!!!!!! -- LadyPeggyB, 17:32:59 06/16/06 Fri

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[> Thanks Friends. I just got back from two weeks with my folks to discover that my review was up. What a treat. Thanks to Syl too. -- beccabee, 04:26:47 06/30/06 Fri

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