Captain James Hook and the Curse of Peter Pan Paperback – 26 Jun 2012
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About the Author
Jeremiah Kleckner is a teacher and author in New Jersey. 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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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.
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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As the story progresses, more and more familiar characters from Peter Pan enter and begin to play their part. The genius of the authors is that no one plays the part you expect. Is Hook the villain? Is Pan the hero? Side characters like Smee are also not as one would assume. The characters of this book incorporate more shades of grey and live in a morally ambiguous world. It would be difficult to discuss the plot without giving anything away. Trust me, this is one plot you want to uncover for yourself. It will hold your attention to the last word.
David Stifel’s narration of Captain James Hook and the Curse of Peter Pan was fabulous, one of the best narrations I have ever listened to. His voice can be honey smooth or dangerously sharp. Not only does he convey the personalities of the different characters, he does a fine job of conveying each character’s emotions. The authors need to sign him to a long term contract for this entire series. The production values of the audiobook were first rate. The sound is clear. There are no extraneous noises or changes in volume.
I enjoyed this audio book very much. I was not able to listen one day because of location so I purchased the kindle version. While I still liked the story, this is one situation where the audio book brings a whole new dimension to a book. The narration adds precious gold and silver threads to the tapestry of the narration. For example read the line, “When I turned the body of my father, I expected the world to collapse around me but, strangely, it didn’t.” The lines could convey a total lack of feeling for a son for his father. But when Mr. Stifel narrates that line, it conveys a totally different emotion. It conveys a boy thrust into manhood through a traumatic event, a boy who has neither time or fear or grief because surviving has become the only thought. It really is a masterful narration.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.
I really couldn't put this book down. It's so much more than a story. It is really about what makes and unmakes us as persons. Highly recommend it.
The story starts with a boy named James. One night a boy flies into his room...none other than Peter Pan. He excitedly runs downstairs the next morning to tell his mother. However, his father, who is a stern captain in the royal navy, decides that his son needs to grow up and become the gentleman he is meant to be. Therefore James' life changes as becomes his father's cabin boy. When his father is killed in a pirate attack he begins the long journey to becoming Captain Hook and his duel with Peter Pan begins.
If you like pirates and adventure you will enjoy this story! So get ready to set sail!
Finally we have a story that refuses to praise a deranged child, who kidnaps and murders and crows without remorse. Finally we have the telling of a legend in accurate poetry.
This story was the most incredible and vivid understanding of Captain Hook and how he came to be the most vile, courageous and calculated Captain to ever command the Jolly Roger.
If you are looking for a story that corrects the ledger and tells the truth of James Hook this is the book for you.
There were only one or two instances where the author misused "me" and "I" in the tale, but it is something that a lot of people mistakenly abuse.
I thought I saw something about a book where Wendy discvoers the truth about Peter Pan and the Lost Boys and discovers a whole new relationship with Captain Hook - but then again that could have been wishful thinking. If anyone hears of such a tale, please let me know.