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Lafitte's Black Box: Boit Noir [Kindle Edition]

Jake Webber
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Book Description

When he can no longer control what is real and what is imagined, Deveraux Parker realizes that his dream has become reality.

Discovering a box that has been buried for two centuries, he finds himself on a quest for Lafitte's treasure through modern day New Orleans.

Since moving to the Big Easy, Parker has had a hard time fitting in and finding friends, but as events unravel, he makes some unsavory pals and begins an unexpected adventure taking him to the oldest and most mysterious places in old New Orleans. The past and present collide as he tries to escape from his dream before he becomes part of the past.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 476 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Llumina Press (15 Jun. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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About the Author:

A lifelong resident of Louisiana, Jake Webber enjoys researching and studying history. He attended Louisiana State University and is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Monroe. His professional background is in the medical field. He is married and lives in Baton Rouge with his wife and two children.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 7 April 2011
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Since moving to New Orleans, Deveraux Parker has had a hard time fitting in and finding friends. To make matters worse, he's been having weird dreams about being on a pirate ship in search of treasure.

When Deveraux makes friends with Sam, the two decide to go on an adventure and look for the treasure Deveraux has been dreaming about. Finding a treasure map in a black box in an abandoned mansion in town, the two set out on the biggest hunt of their lives.

Someone, however, seems to be following them - and may not want them finding the treasure. Will Deveraux and Sam find the treasure, or is there a worse danger lurking that they need to be wary of?

A great adventure for mystery lovers. Although it is sometimes difficult to follow the changes between Deveraux's past, present, and dreams, the story does a great job of keeping the reader interested. The plot is well-developed, and the characters are well-created.

Adventure junkies, treasure hunters, fans of pirates, and mystery lovers will enjoy reading LAFITTE'S BLACK BOX.

Reviewed by: Kira M
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Pirate's Life for Me .... 22 Sept. 2009
By G. Reba - Published on
Set sail on the high seas for a tale filled with adventure! Devereaux Parker is your average boy trying to make it in a new city. After his grandfather's passing, his father decided to move them back to his hometown and the house in which he grew up. An adjustment period is needed for anyone after a move, but Devereaux has bigger problems. The life he leads is not the only one! In his "dreams", he is part of a pirate crew, held against his will. The unfortunate situations he encounters are ended when he opens his eyes, and shakes off the spell of the "dream". What happens when he can't wake up? Will he be stuck living out the adventure he was not meant to be in?

Although the content of the book was interesting and filled with adventure, I did find it a little disorienting to follow the story line. One second you are in reality, traipsing off on a boyhood act of fun and wandering home in time for bed....then WHOOSH! You wake up in the hands of a pirate, being told to do as you are told or walk the plank! Then are stuck in the "Devil's Punchbowl" trying to make your way out against some unseen forces wishes. It can definitely throw you off...probably as much as the lead character is at finding himself in these predicaments! On the plus side, author Jake Webber gives you a good look at some of the history of New Orleans and lets you practice a little French along the way. Bon jour!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Where are you sleeping tonight? 24 Sept. 2009
By M. Stanhope - Published on
Pirates, treasures, and nightmares oh sleep or not to sleep was my question as I was reading this book by author Jack Webber as he was writing about Devereaux Parker and his new friend Sam Parker in this book titled "Lafitte's Black Box". Such vivid dreams for a teenage boy that moves to New Orleans, but, at least he has his friends with him as he ventures through the French language and changing times. You had to keep up with what was going on and you feel sorry ever time the boy went to sleep...and woke up. The trials and tribulations of losing his grandpa, a move to a new city for Devereaux, pretending to dad that all is well with school and high strung friends...the book keeps twisting. I can see another down the road with this author and cast.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars When fantasy becomes your reality.... 12 May 2010
By GR - Published on
"Lafitte's Black Box: Boit Noir" by Jake Webber whisks readers away on a adventurous jaunt through good ole New Orleans. The tale's focus is mainly upon a young boy names Devereaux Parker. Young Parker is going through quite a few things at this junction in his life. From growing up to learning that a relative has passed away, moving to a new house to finding himself held captive aboard a pirate ship.....Yep, you read that correctly! Mr. Parker is swept away in the dead of night....every night....thanks to some rather vivid dreams he's been having of late. Now one might suppose they were brought on by the stressful situations he's would seem perfectly logical. However, these dreams are something more...they have a substance to them and Devereaux can remember the experiences and feelings long after he's awakened. Something is not quite right and it would seem the only way to overcome these nightly plights is to uncover what they truly want with him....but will Mr. Parker be strong enough to endure?

Author Jake Webber weaves a story with pirates, mystery, and history leaving the reader with a fun adventure filled with imagination. The touch of historic places and events adds that extra something to the book which is certain to have many researching this era well after the book has been read. Recommended reading for the adventureous soul as well as those in love with the city and lore of New Orleans....
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventures with a Pirate Ship and a Black Box 15 May 2010
By M. Brown - Published on
Lafitte's Black Box: Boit Noir by Jake Webber is an adventure story of an ordinary boy, Devereaux Parker, who sees his life take a radical change as he deals with the death of his grandfather and his new life in New Orleans. But ordinary boys don't do what Devereaux does. Every night his dreams take him back to the New Orleans of the 1800s where he is carried away on a pirate ship and confronts the crew of the notorious Jean Lafitte. Devereaux fights to keep his dream life separate from his daytime life. But as he and a group of friends try to solve the mystery hidden inside a little black box, he realizes that his dreams may not be just dreams, but may have the answers they are looking for.

The author weaves a complex and interesting tale filled with odd tidbits of New Orleans' legend and history.
4.0 out of 5 stars A KindleObsessed Review 11 Mar. 2011
By Misty Baker - Published on
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Simone Weil once said: Imagination and fiction make up more than three-quarters of our real life. I would have to agree with her.

As children we rely on our imaginations to entertain us. We build pillow forts and wage wars against our siblings. We pretend to be the Lone Ranger or Cinderella, anything to help pass the time. As we get older our need to play "Cops and Robbers" fades into the background, but a whole new culture of imagination and fiction take its place. We are introduced to movies, books, Broadway plays, all in an effort to be a part of an unrealistic moment. To get lost in someone else's imagination.

My son, (who recently turned 6,) has finally discovered his love of reading. Yes, he has always enjoyed picture books, but I'm referring to the good stuff. The alien-invasion-wimpy-kid-there's-a-monster-under-my-bed type reading, otherwise known as chapter books. Naturally this sudden shift in interest thrilled me. Goodbye "Goodnight Dinosaur" hello "15 chapters of gloriously strung together words."

Why am I telling you all of this? Well... other than the fact that I think it's important for parents to encourage their bitty bots to read, "Lafitte's Black Box" by Jake Webber just might be the book to get your little one's imaginative juices flowing.

Deveraux Parker hates the "Big Easy" or at least he did until he met Sam. See...Sam is a nosey little chap, always sticking his fingers where they don't belong and (in this particular case) trotting into an abandoned house he has no business being in. None of that, however, matters much to Deveraux. Why? Because Sam just found the coolest thing on the planet. A treasure chest. Quickly noticing that their little find is only a precursor to something much bigger, Deveraux and Sam set off on the treasure hunt of a lifetime, scouring the French Quarter for clues to the bigger prize. Unfortunately there's a bit of a problem. Deveraux keeps getting sucked into his dreams. Suddenly finding it difficult to distinguish between his Dream state (of being a pirate) and his Reality (of being just another boy) he does the only thing he can think to do. He follows the clues in BOTH worlds. Will a wrong turn in his dream state leave him gasping for air back in the real world? Why is Sam suddenly acting so strange, and more importantly...what is Lafitte's little black box?

Now...I could sit here and drag this book through the dirt; tell you that there were a few questionable plot choices throughout the read, that the beginning was a bit of a mess, or that it took about 3 full chapters for the author to really find his groove, but all of that would be pointless. Why? Because the intended audience for this book could care less. This book was not about how well the characters were developed, or how clean the plot was. This book was just that...a book, written for a younger audience in the hopes that they will get lost in a fun pirate filled adventure. This book was about imagination and entertainment, and in those regards, it fit the bill. Why destroy simplicity, when simplicity is all a child requires.

My suggestion to you would be this. If you have a "newbie" reader at home, someone who you can spend an extra 15 minutes with before scrambling them off to bed, give this one a shot. It just might be the thing you need to connect with your child and develop a lifelong love of literature.

Happy reading my fellow Kindle-ites and remember: feeding your imagination feeds your soul.
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