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The Phantom Ship [Paperback]

Captain Frederick Marryat
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5 Sep 2012
THE PHANTOM SHIP is the most notable of the three novels constructed by Marryat on an historic basis, and like its predecessor in the same category, Snarleyyow, depends largely for its interest on the element of diablerie, which is very skilfully manipulated. Here, however, the supernatural appearances are never explained away, and the ghostly agencies are introduced in the spirit of serious, if somewhat melodramatic, romance. Marryat's personal experience enabled him, with little research, to produce a life-like picture of old Dutch seamanship, and his powers in racy narrative have transformed the Vanderdecken legend into a stirring tale of terror. The plot cannot be called original, but it is more carefully worked out and, from the nature of the material at hand, more effective than most of Marryat's own. He has put life into it, moreover, by the creation of some genuine characters, designed for nobler ends than to move the machinery.

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  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (5 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1479260088
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479260089
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.6 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,968,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Captain Frederick Marryat (10 July 1792 – 9 August 1848) was an English Royal Navy officer, novelist, and a contemporary and acquaintance of Charles Dickens, noted today as an early pioneer of the sea story. He is now known particularly for the semi-autobiographical novel Mr Midshipman Easy and his children's novel The Children of the New Forest, and for a widely used system of maritime flag signalling, known as Marryat's Code.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Phantom Ship 17 July 2010
By Rich
Excellent gothic thriller/nautical adventure as Phillip,the young hero, sets out to save his father's soul, stolen by The Phantom Ship.

The plot moves through the years very quickly as Phillip makes voyage after voyage, battles greed, murder, shipwreck, the Spanish Inquistion, sometimes taking along his Arabian wife, who has her own part to play in the grand scheme of things.

What amazes me about the book is the strong message for religious tolerance. The plot has some surprisingly grim twists, especially towards the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 3 Dec 2013
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Enjoyed this book. I read lots of books on my kindle and mostly free classics. This is well written and from an author I like, ala Masterman Ready, Mr Midshipman Easy etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars None 4 July 2013
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An extemely difficult book to put down once started when you acclimatise to the style of writing and language.The story leads you on a completely unexpected saga of events for all with hope and disappointment all in abundance and you can never tell what lies ahead. intertwined with the awful truths of past religious history which still echo in parts today. A really good if somewhat long read
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