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Captain James Hook and the Curse of Peter Pan

Captain James Hook and the Curse of Peter Pan [Kindle Edition]

Jeremiah Kleckner , Jeremy Marshall
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Night after night, for untold years, Peter Pan flew into children’s rooms and took them to a far away land with the promise of endless adventure. That is until one night in Port Royal, when Peter meets James Hoodkins and sets events in motion that create his greatest enemy: Captain James Hook.

The Curse of Peter Pan tells the life of the man who becomes the symbol for piracy around the world. Captain James Hook has reason and wit behind his seething hatred for Peter Pan. If only someone would listen...

About the Author

Jeremiah Kleckner, M.S.Ed., is a Language Arts teacher at the Samuel E. Shull Middle School in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. He also serves on the Board of Trustees at the Elysian Charter School in Hoboken. When not grading papers or coaching wrestling, he enjoys singing, reading, writing, drawing, and spending time with his family. Jeremy Marshall works at a private special needs school in New Jersey. Jeremy has always had a love of writing. In his spare time you can find him creating another story idea, riding his motorcycle, or spending time with his wife, Lori Marshall.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 307 KB
  • Print Length: 145 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1478270896
  • Publisher: Jeremiah Kleckner and Jeremy Marshall (15 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008D8M7PC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #321,432 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars good idea but ... 12 Jun 2013
By Stan
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Have you read Peter Pan and wondered where the pirates came from, who exactly is Jas Hook and how the clock got into the crocodile?
Its all here. This is James Hook's early life, how he first met Peter Pan, went to sea, became a pirate and started the feud with Pan. The idea is good and plausibly told; Treasure Island meets Robinson Crusoe with a dash of Blackbeard and even a love interest.
Not a fairy tale, plenty of blood and gore and dead bodies, this should be a winner. It doesn't quite work for me, maybe because of the big jumps in the story and some rather leaden descriptions, but it's a good light read and does answer those questions.
Now I wonder what Tiger Lily's story is.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not convinced 13 Dec 2012
By Lesley
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As a self confessed fan of all versions of Peter Pan, my imagination was 'Hooked' to the idea of understanding more about a hero. However reading the book did not capture my imagination enough to let me live the story in my head and I was therefore a little disappointed by it. It felt too grown up to be part of the joy of Peter Pan. However, once I had decided to read the book as nothing to do with......I enjoyed it a little more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Form 12 Oct 2012
By simon211175 VINE VOICE
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So at last we have some back story on one of the most famous pirates known to man. Does this kind of book come under Fan Fiction?

I was drawn by the idea behind this book, but to be honest wasn't expecting a great deal. I was pleasantly surprised however when I started reading it.

Told as an autobiographical account of his childhood worked well for me. I could imagine it being told using his voice (okay in my defence here I was using Dustin Hoffman's voice from Hook [DVD]) and for me it helped make the story a real winner.

Peter Pan is always portrayed as a really good kid who always tries to escape the clutches of Captain Hook, but here we see why Captain Hook is so against Pan, and by the end, it's really hard not to like Hook.

Before I started this book, I was already mentally preparing myself for something I hated. Already comparing what it could be like to the excellent The Child Thief by Brom. I was only a couple of pages in when I realised this was going to be just as great as it is different.

I'm a fan of Peter Pan, despite my age - who wouldn't want to stay a kid forever? This book is well written, with characters we already know and love/hate. I would easily recommend this book, and I hope the author isn't planning on hanging up his pen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Book with More to It than you Might Expect 7 July 2012
By Bill - Published on
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This book was deeply enjoyable and once I started it I couldn't put it down. What I found most unique about this book, and most satisfying, is the manner in which it ties the well known story of Peter Pan into other similar stories and historic events as well as returning to some of the oldest mythology concerning the nature of human interaction with non-human faery-like creatures.

There is, if viewed honestly, something more than a little disturbing about Peter Pan. The desire to remain a child forever, though tempting, can't be separated from an unethical lack of responsibility. The oldest stories about faery creatures and the humans who interact with them tend to always convey the same message. Faery's may not be evil, they are generally playful and well-intentioned, but their utter disconnection from the concerns and standards of the human world along with their non-human power make them exceptionally dangerous in a unique way. Theirs is the danger of consequences unintended because of an utter lack of reflection which fits perfectly the danger of a powerful entity joined to a complete incapacity for reflection and responsibility. We see clearly in this story the way in which any entity with the power of Peter Pan would either be or become a terrifyingly non-human creature. Particularly fascinating is the way in which the book points this out through the limitations of Peter Pan's memory. Memory is a form of responsibility-taking, and a life of perpetual irresponsible play would be a life devoid of a past. Despite this, however, the character of Peter Pan remains enchanting, charming and seductive. In their revisiting of the character of Peter Pan the authors set themselves no small challenge and they met the challenge with resounding success. In this it even resembles, at points, Susanna Clarke's "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell". Bringing these reflections on Peter Pan into play with the character of Captain Hook gives rise to the rich irony of the story. The ethical lack on the part of Peter Pan helps lead to a reversed ethical failure on the part of the conscientiously responsible James Hook, a fact which provokes some troubling questions about the nature of moral responsibility and ethical dilemmas in human life.

Classic stories like those of Peter Pan tend to exist in their own world entirely insulated from other literary references or historical context in the same way Peter Pan is insulated from any worldly connections. To tell the story from the perspective of Hook, however, is to reconnect it to the human world with its historical and literary references. This the authors have done in a deeply satisfying and fulfilling way. We get to meet other historical pirates while also being treated in subtle non-artificial ways to reflections on the origin and nature of the Peter Pan figure (for example through references to Puck from Shakespeare). If you have ever wondered how Captain Hook's personality would stand out next to those of Blackbeard or Long John Silver this book will be a treat.

As a reader I tend to most enjoy these subtle historical and literary elements, but one need not be such a reader to deeply enjoy this book. Setting aside the aspects I think make this honestly a deep book in a unique manner, it is also an entertaining and enthralling adventure story with characters you care about and a pleasantly complex plot that nicely comes together by the end. The book manages to achieve all this while successfully expanding the original Peter Pan story and filling gaps the original story left undiscussed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for fans of fantasy, history or pirate lore! 22 Jun 2012
By Sean K. Quinn - Published on
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Capitain James Hook and the Curse of Peter Pan answers the question we all have about villains: are they born bad, or is there a series of tragic events that "turns" them. This book is a narration of Capitain Hook as told to the Brittish Admiral who finally captures the infamous pirate. The reader will notice many references to charters in the Pan Mythos , pirate history and the colorful history of the Carribbean. The authors write a compelling and sympathetic case for Peter Pan's nemesis and even portray "the boy who never grew up" in a much different and even sinister light than the story books show him.
This book is well worth adding to your summer reading list.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book kept me wanting to see it as a movie! 11 Aug 2012
By Smurf91 - Published on
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Great story, very impressed with the story and could see It as a big Hollywood movie, story never lost my interest and loved how detailed and well written is was. Loved it would recommend it to all to read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A parody on a fantasy 6 May 2013
By G.A.E. - Published on
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It's a good storyline, but it's badly marred by grammatical errors; bad form for educated English gentlemen. It would have been a better read after being properly proofread.
4.0 out of 5 stars Yo ho ho 20 Jun 2014
By Gail - Published on
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What a great read. Not the usual type of book I choose. I really enjoyed the adult version of Captain Hook, Long John Silver, Tinker Bell and Peter Pan
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