I signed up for this book review because my son is interested in mysteries and pirates. It is a YA book and not one that I would normally pick up. Therefore it’s hard for me to give a comparison. It’s also a bit too old for an 8 year old so I’m not going to give it to him. He could read it; it’s not a hard to understand book. It’s the subject matter that’s just a bit older than he’s interested in right now. I don’t think that I would have been interested in it when I was 15, but at the time I read just about anything I could get my hands on so who knows? It’s definitely targeted to boys. I doubt that I will pick up a continuation of this story, but remember – I’m not the target market. I was left with a lot of questions and things that didn’t make sense.
I am impressed that they created a fund called “Heroes Among Us” that will receive donations from each sale of the book. The fund’s main purpose is to help those that struggle with epilepsy – as the hero of this book does.
Here is the backcover copy:
If you drowned and the sea spit you out, thrusting you back into an age of pirates, buried treasure and beauty beyond belief… would you stay?
RICKY BRADSHAW has never sailed the Caribbean Sea, searched for buried treasure or battled pirates on the deck of a Spanish Galleon. He’s never fallen through the floor of Davy Jones’ locker, befriended a witch doctor or watched an old fisherman morph into a porpoise. All Ricky knows is his lonely life with his widowed mom in a tiny apartment overlooking a marina on the Chesapeake Bay.
But all that changes on a snowy Christmas Eve when Ricky’s apartment building burns down and he falls into the chilly waters while trying to save BARNACLE, a mangy mutt with shrimp breath. Suddenly Ricky finds himself confronted by his neighbor, a young woman in a pink bathrobe who jumped to her death in order to escape the flames. She offers him a choice: go with her to a wonderful afterlife where snowflakes taste like candy or return to the dreary old world he knows. Ricky picks the past and awakes on a raft in the middle of the sea where there is surprising beauty on every island, danger around every corner and great honor and glory ahead of him… if only Ricky can summon the courage to survive the curse of Captain LaFoote.
You can find more information at the author’s site or Captain LaFoote site. Published by Port Yonder Press.This book was sent to me through Kathy Carlton Willis Communications for the book tour. The words are fully my own and I did add my affiliate link in this post.