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Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean [Kindle Edition]

Justin Somper
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Vampirates: Demons Of The Ocean, by Justin Somper "For a blood-sucking, swashbuckling adventure, look no further than this ace book!" 5/5 - KRAZE CLUB "a fast-paced voyage that leaves you hungry... for book two!" - NEW BOOKS CLUB "a fresh and compelling debut... Somper never stoops to stereotype in this engrossing tale... promises to be an addictive series" - SUNDAY TELEGRAPH "simple, and yet so perfect... Inspired" - HAM AND HIGH "a compelling narrative which presents the joy of being alive alongside the emptiness of death" - TES "a clever combination of two genres that could make it as popular as Pirates of the Caribbean" - THE TIMES "full of swashbuckling, action-packed thrills" - JEWISH CHRONICLE "a vivid and bloodthirsty debut" - EVENING STANDARD "impossible to forget" - WENDY COOLING, CAROUSEL "Totally original... I wish i'd had this idea!" Anthony Horowitz "Vampires... and pirates? It doesn't get much better than this! A fantastic read, perfect for Horowitz and Shan fans." John Webb, Children's Buyer, Waterstones "A great mixture of the swashbuckling and the truly spooky - a real page turner." Graham Marks, Childrens Editor, Publishing News "Vampirates is high- concept, high octane adventure that never once fails to be anything but intriguing. Its' classic dramatic scenarios make it an appealing page-turner." John Mclay "It's a fabulous idea, fast-paced, full of good jokes, fun characters (with terrific names) and quite different to anything else I've read. I do like the various influences: a whiff of Dahl, a touch of Lemony Snickett...hitting the zeitgeist." Anthony Horowitz USA REVIEWS 'a gleefully quick read... a vivid picture of life on a pirate ship... Somper deftly draws parallels to the real world... An enigmatic conclusion leaves the galley door wide open for sequels.' Publishers Weekly 'a good choice for reluctant readers... this fantastic tale will find many fans' School Library Journal 'winning fantasy... satisfying and exciting' Voya

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Conor and Grace are twins, recently orphaned after their widowed father's death. Rather than being adopted by the town's busy-bodies, they decide to set sail in their father's last possession, his sailing boat. But a vicious storm sees their boat capsize and the twins are separated. Two mysterious ships sail to their rescue - each picking up one twin before disappearing into the mist. Conor wakes to find himself on a pirate ship and is soon being trained up with a cutlass. Meanwhile Grace finds herself locked in a darkened room, as the vampirates wait for night to fall and their feasting to begin... Determined to find each other, yet intrigued by their new shipmates, the twins are about to embark on the biggest adventure of their lives...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1177 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (11 Feb. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0039OVIBO
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #189,438 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 2 Dec. 2006
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Well shiver-me-timbers! Get ready to be washed away by this exciting, swashbuckling adventure. VAMPIRATES is the story of Connor and Grace Tempest, twins and children of the lighthouse keeper of Crescent Moon Bay on the East Coast of Australia in the year 2505. The story begins with the two young children getting out of bed in the middle of a violent thunderstorm. They wander up to the lamp room to watch the glory of the lightening and churning water with their father. In order to ease their mind, their father sings their favorite sea shanty.

"I'll tell you a tale of Vampirates

A tale as old as true.

Yea, I'll sing you a song of an ancient ship,

And its mighty fearsome crew."

The twins are finally coaxed back into bed after several verses of the eerie song and settle in for the night.

Seven years later, Connor and Grace's father dies, leaving them penniless and homeless. The kids aren't strangers to the stares and whispers that occur whenever they walk by because they've been dealing with it since the day they came to the lighthouse. They've always felt like outcasts, never quite fitting in.

People in town couldn't figure out why Connor was so much better at sports than the rest of the kids, even when he neglected practice for weeks. Grave provoked equal suspicion - from both teachers and classmates - with her unusual wide-ranging knowledge and strange notions about things far beyond her age and station in life. Since they knew they'd never feel at home in Crescent Moon Bay without their father, the twins decide to take off in their father's boat and take their chances at sea, rather than moving in with the cold, local banker or going to the orphanage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing !!!!!! 29 Dec. 2012
By Emily.S
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have always loved this book as it is interesting and never gets boring, I love the way it is laid out with there being two stories intertwined , I have already brought the second book !!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book 20 May 2012
By Vicky
Format:Kindle Edition
So original! I fell in love with these books as soon as i had read the first page! the story becomes more and more fascinating! every book leaves me hungry for more! even the last one makes me want to find out more - hope the story is carried on some day! would recommend this series to anyone who a - loves pirates b - loves vampires and c loves action with some romance thrown in that makes you wish it were real!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 1 Dec. 2006
By TeensReadToo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Well shiver-me-timbers! Get ready to be washed away by this exciting, swashbuckling adventure. VAMPIRATES is the story of Connor and Grace Tempest, twins and children of the lighthouse keeper of Crescent Moon Bay on the East Coast of Australia in the year 2505. The story begins with the two young children getting out of bed in the middle of a violent thunderstorm. They wander up to the lamp room to watch the glory of the lightening and churning water with their father. In order to ease their mind, their father sings their favorite sea shanty.

"I'll tell you a tale of Vampirates

A tale as old as true.

Yea, I'll sing you a song of an ancient ship,

And its mighty fearsome crew."

The twins are finally coaxed back into bed after several verses of the eerie song and settle in for the night.

Seven years later, Connor and Grace's father dies, leaving them penniless and homeless. The kids aren't strangers to the stares and whispers that occur whenever they walk by because they've been dealing with it since the day they came to the lighthouse. They've always felt like outcasts, never quite fitting in.

People in town couldn't figure out why Connor was so much better at sports than the rest of the kids, even when he neglected practice for weeks. Grave provoked equal suspicion - from both teachers and classmates - with her unusual wide-ranging knowledge and strange notions about things far beyond her age and station in life. Since they knew they'd never feel at home in Crescent Moon Bay without their father, the twins decide to take off in their father's boat and take their chances at sea, rather than moving in with the cold, local banker or going to the orphanage.

Their first night on the ocean a huge storm crashed down on them, tearing their little boat apart. As hard as they tried, they couldn't stay together through the churning water. Thankfully, they are rescued and brought safely on board another vessel; however, not the same one. Connor is pulled aboard a pirate ship named the Diablo and Grace is rescued by the Vampirate ship. Desperate to find each other, they both plead with the captains to go back and search for the other. Both are told there isn't a chance the other would have survived. Neither lose hope and know they'll see each other again.

Connor sets about learning the ways of a pirate. He is assigned chores, makes friends, and receives sword fighting lessons. He participates in a raid on another ship and helps acquire booty for the crew. Grace, meanwhile, stays locked in her cabin, told not to even look out the window. She overhears weird conversations about feasts and witnesses strange things like candles that never extinguish, food that appears out of nowhere, and has the overwhelming need to sleep every time she eats or drinks anything. Grace has one person that she talks to named Lorcan, who has been sworn to protect her from the crew. At first, Grace doesn't understand the reason for the isolation. She doesn't realize that some members of the crew aren't happy with the captain's feeding schedule and wouldn't think twice about disobeying an order. She finds out the hard way when she slips out of the cabin and doesn't make it back before nightfall.

VAMPIRATES is told in alternating chapters from both Connor and Grace's point of view. The reader witnesses the growth in both twins as they are forced to make their way alone for the first time. Their devotion and loyalty to each other is touching and adds to the overall hopeful feeling in the book. Once you dive into this adventure you'll hate having to come up for air.

Keep your eyes peeled for the sequel, Vampirates: Tide of Terror (Vampirates) coming out in June of 2007.

Reviewed by: Karin Perry
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An easy read for 12+ readers 8 Jan. 2010
By William Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
With all the media hype about vampires these days, coupled with the raging success of The Pirates Of The Caribbean, it was only natural that eventually somebody would couple the two together in a contemporary novel.

Justin Somper's book is an easy read - watching my son fly through the pages while eagerly anticipating what would happen next was a great experience.

As with all serial novels, once you reach the end of Book 1 - you are left with a sense of closure, but also the thrill of wondering what the next book will bring.

On the parental side, seeing that the novel attempts to withhold some of the bloodthirsty images that pirates typically are depicted as was welcome - and the bloodsucking of vampires was also held in check.

I only hope that the future installments of this novel (not yet read) tread as careful a balance to remain accessible yet 'safe' reading for young readers.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'll Tell You A Tell of Vampirates, Adventuresome and Grand 19 Feb. 2007
By Kristin E. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book has a fun combination of two of the most romanticized characters of literary history, pirates and vampires (as you can no doubt surmise from the title). At first I was inclined to mock the pirate craze that started as of 2003, but I humbly retract the mocking. Who could have thunk that vampires and pirates together would make such an appealing combination?

The story follows Grace and Connor Tempest, twins who are separated by a storm and each rescued, without the other's knowledge, by a different pirate ship. Connor makes friends with eccentric pirate captain Molucco Wrathe, who seems at times to be a cross between Jack Sparrow and a glam rocker, and at other times a nice, fatherly sort. The crew instantly take to Connor and offer him a chance to train as a pirate. He accepts, but only because he's almost sure Grace is alive and knows that pirate skills will come in handy if he has to rescue her.

And boy does she need rescuing. Unbenownst to her, Grace is on the ship of the titular Vampirates, and her well-being lies in staying out of sight of all but the two vampires who helped her aboard. Lorcan Furey is a 709-year old who "crossed" at age 17, and is still as nice and sweet as he probably was as a human that age (let him near so much as a dried drop of blood, though, and he gets rather TOO caring). The captain is a mysterious fellow who speaks in weirdly commanding whispers and refuses to let his face be seen. He knows who Grace is, and it seems he knows all about Connor, too . . . These two are the "good" vampires, the ones who, for the time being, have her safety at heart. But then there are the others, particularly the more-than-usually bloodthirsty Sidorio, who scorns the captain's courtly approach to vampirism. For all the danger and all the warnings to stay hidden in her cabin, curious Grace can't resist the temptation to go exploring past dark. She discovers more than she's ready for, and is in turn herself discovered--not least by the book's most surprising character. You expect pirates and vampires and even a ship's cook in a tale of this nature, but this new person is something else!

Both Grace and Connor are fully realized individuals in their own right and their seperate trials and triumphs are equally engaging. So much so that you hardly notice that the book is nearly all groundwork and next to no questions are actually answered. It is established that the Vampirates are real, and that the beautifully penned sea shanty sung throughout is based in fact.* That is all. And yet the story is told with such skill that it was quite near the end of the book before I realized it couldn't possibly wrap up in the few pages left and there would HAVE to be a sequel, or maybe even more than one sequel. Huzzah and rejoicing! The next book is due in June, and I urge anyone who loves a good swashbuckling, vampirate-y adventure to reserve a copy.

There is one piddly detail that seemed to stick out (and at least one other reviewer noticed it, too). This is that the book starts in 2505 and then skips ahead to 2512. It's the far distant future, yet with few exceptions, the world is 17th or 18th century in tone. Ships are galleons and schooners, and the pirate costume is the more appealing picturesque sort from that earlier era (cutlasses and broadswords included). Could pirating fashions really have carried over eight centuries? Particularly given that today's real-life pirates look nothing like (I mean, modern pirates dress with a sort of menacing practicality, and carry very unromantic machine-guns and such, and are generally not as entertaining to be around as "Pirates of the Caribbean" has made them out to be), and we're not nearly as far removed from that age as Grace and Connor Tempest are. Or did the world's perspective on appropriate dress and behavior just come full circle some how?

On the other hand, given the perceivable scope of the story, I am willing to bet that the author has his reasons, and that all will be explained, sooner or later. Perhaps this book just wasn't the time for the explanations, and we're all supposed to go "Eh?" and wonder and wait, until he's good and ready to tell us. And I'll bet it will be GOOD when he does.

*The vampirate shanty really is quite haunting, yet I couldn't help noticing how nicely it fits into the theme of Gilligan's Island. Try it!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 Stars from a 10 Year Old 15 Feb. 2007
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I loved Vampirates because I love pirates ... even at the age of 10. It was a mixture of horror, sadness, and complete adventure. I think the setting in 2505 was great but that it is weird that pirates would still be around in the future. For anybody thinking about getting this book, I give it 10 stars. So tell all your friends to get it because I am sure they will love it as I did. I can't wait to get the next book Vampirates: Tides of Terror!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great idea done very badly 7 Oct. 2012
By J. FELLA - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I am very surprised at the high reviews this book as gotten. I will say I'm an adult, so I wasn't expecting this to be a very deep plot with tons of violence and adult-themes. However, I WAS expecting it to be interesting. After all, this is about pirates AND vampires. As one of the other reviewers says, this goes nowhere fast. First off, the book is set in the future, for some reason, but the world is still like it was in the actual pirate days. Makes no sense. Secondly, the book starts off ok but then after the initial set-up of the main story a couple of chapters in, the plot completely stalls and beats you over the head with pointless, boring scenes. The girl wakes up on the vampire ship, eats, falls back to sleep. Wakes up, talks a little bit, eats, falls back to sleep. That is seriously how it goes at one point.

Next, the pirates aren't even interesting or very pirate-like. These are like Walt Disney-versions of pirates. Not menacing, not violent, not fearsome in any way. The vampires are no better. The author also takes great pains to slowly introduce the fact that the vampires on the second ship are actually vampires. The problem is, we already know that! We don't need all this "mysterious" build-up and hints of their true nature.
If you are a young reader, to be fair, you may like these books, but honestly I'd be surprised at that, because generally young readers have a worse attention-span than adults and they need more to hold their interest.
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