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The Pirates! In an Adventure with Communists [Kindle Edition]

Gideon Defoe
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I've been thinking of an adventure more along the lines of pearl-smuggling in the South Seas or discovering a lost continent. We're being sponsored, you see, so it's got to be full of glamorous locations and scantily clad women. He's conquered the seven seas, hunted Moby Dick and rescued Charles Darwin; now the Pirate Captain and his crew are off on another adventure. Their mission this time: to sail to London, buy a new suit for the Pirate Captain and maybe have some sort of adventure in a barnyard.But nothing is ever straightforward for the hapless pirates. In no time at all, the Pirate Captain is incarcerated at Scotland Yard in a case of mistaken identity. Discovering that his doppelganger is none other than Karl Marx, the Captain and his crew are unwittingly caught up in a sinister plot involving communists, enormous beards and a quest to discover whether ham might really be the opium of the people.

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'A grown-up comedy disguised as a kids' book, the third in Defoe's Pirates! trilogy is culty and very funny. Think Captain Pugwash for a generation that should know better - but doesn't' (Arena)

'Gideon Defoe definitively puts the "Ho ho!" - and, indeed, the "Yo!" - into pirating' (Caitlin Moran)

'Funny and entertaining' (Independent)

'A timber-shivering adventure that speaks to the pirate in all of us' (Ben Schott)

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The sequel to The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientist, now a major motion picture

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 811 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks (30 Jan. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006ZLY23E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #180,847 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Parents! in an adventure with bed-time reading. 26 July 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
After seeing the Pirates! movie I started to buy the books and we have really enjoyed them so far. My son loves history and anything piratey and Communists was our third book. I'm not entirely sure who these books are aimed at because the content, particularly in this book, can sometimes make me stumble when I'm reading it out loud as I'm anticipating having to explain some of the adult humour! (it's not always subtle)
Having said that my 9yr old (who is also reading the Disc World books) found the stories, the maps, the bizarre chapter headings, footnotes and the mix of modern/old very amusing. He has also rather amusingly started quoting philosophers and making up his own philosophical thoughts and we have learned a couple of things. He astounded his dad by being able to answer a crossword question about Carl Marx!
I may glance thru' ' an adventure with Napolean' to make sure nothing too rude is going to come up before I read it, but otherwise we are looking forward to it.
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Oh, how I loved this book! I heard Chris Addison talking about the series on 'My Life in Books', and the extract he read out had me (and him!) in stitches, so when I saw this one at the library I snapped it up. It's actually the third book in the series, but it didn't matter in the slightest that I didn't start with The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists. It's still brilliant!

It's a hilarious, lively, tongue-in-cheek and completely addictive little book in which the Pirate Captain (Terror of the High Seas), his number two (the pirate with a scarf) and his motley band of rogues team up with Marx and Engels to find out who is attempting to discredit the communist movement across Europe. It's a real romp - but if you want to find out how statuesque blonde ladies, opera, French schoolchildren, waxworks, bears and a volcano fit into the story... well, you'll just have to read it for yourself!

The humour is sly, ridiculous and occasionally a little bit naughty, and with the genuinely informative but pithy footnotes scattered through the pages, I can see why previous reviewers have often drawn comparisons with Terry Pratchett. A set of these books would make a great gift idea I think, whether the recipient is a keen reader or not, and I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for the rest of the series for more chaos and chuckles in the near future!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Pirate with a Red Flag 27 Oct. 2013
There is a lot that the Pirate Captain has done so far in his travels, he has faced Moby Dick and also rescued and sailed with Charles Darwin. Of course there has to be some inevitability that he will meet Communists. It is such a varied life that the Pirate Captain leads.

On their way to London, to buy a new suit for the Captain, the whole crew seem to get into some sort of bother. The Pirate Captain is arrested for being Karl Marx, it is quite obvious that he isn't as his beard is far superior to that of Marx. But it leads to the possibility that these communists are caught up in some sort of plot and being blamed for everything.

The crew move to Paris, where the sample the delights that the city has to offer; splitting up they simlutaneoulsy experience the Mona Lisa

"It lacks a certain something", said the pirate with gout.

Some went to see Madame Tussauds;

"Do you suppose they have nipples?", the pirate with a peg-leg wondered out loud. trying to peer down Nell Gwyn's top.

The rest went to see the Folies Bergere;

"I heard that they don't wear any knickers when they do they cancan!" said the pirate with rickets.

In the meantime the Pirate Captain starts to help Marx so his name and that of the communists is not blackened. They all need a plan.

" see this is why it pays to think plans through past the very first bit. Really that's what distinguishes "a plan" from "running about in a flap"."

Somehow this motley crew of pirates and their Pirate Captain, live to fight another day.

These books are funny, they are wry and have a historical slant to them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Addition to a Very Very Funny Series 21 Mar. 2013
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After The Pirate Captain is arrested (a case of mistaken identity!), the pirates find themselves involved in their most philosophical adventure yet... a race across Europe to discover who is framing the Communists of such crimes such as the stolen Mona Lisa... whilst the Pirate Captain himself, also sets out to prove that his beard is more luscious and thicker that Karl Marx's beard (as well as trying to win a bet to prove he is also the better philosopher!),

The Pirate Books as a series are funny, well written with jokes that will appeal to adults as well as children and the perfect mixture of high-seas, ham and history and now with added Perkin's Pomade!
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5.0 out of 5 stars As luxuriant as the Captain's beard! 11 Jan. 2014
By micky
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This is another fine novel from Defoe, it doesn't take itself too seriously, so neither should the reader! Anyone familiar with other editions in this series must buy this, it's only second to the 'Adventure with Romantics' in terms of laugh out loud hilarity.
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