Hook's Tale Hardcover – 18 Jul 2017
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"A dazzling coming of age story about a boy who too swiftly learns much about life, love and betrayal. Little James Hook is a loner, continuously let down by relatives and friends alike, but he finds easier friendships with fairies, mermaids and a loyal crocodile. Hook's Tale is the moving story of one boy's crazy hurtle into manhood and the difficult circumstances that shape him on that journey. A glorious, alternate look at the forming of the notorious Captain Hook."--Nuala O'Connor, author of Miss Emily
"A riveting tale so vivid you'll wonder if it was imagined. The world-building is complex and intriguing, appealing to the treasure hunter in us all. Without question, John Pielmeier has his A-game on."--Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Templar Legacy and The 14th Colony
"John Pielmeier's Hook's Tale is an instant classic, written in an elegant Victorian/Edwardian style deliciously in the spirit of J.M. Barrie. The purported memoir of Captain Hook (aka James Cook) is exquisite and exuberant; the tale is swashbuckling yet poignant. What a gift to readers, who yearn for more adventures in Neverland and inspired new plot twists--even a newborn crocodile. At every turn, Pielmeier offers a spine-tingling surprise; an homage to J.M. Barrie which displays his knowledgeable sensitivity to the literary provenance. This lost boy's version of a timeless villain entertains as it enlightens."--Laura Shaine Cunningham, author of Beautiful Bodies and Sleeping Arrangements
"In discovering and bringing to light this record of Peter Pan's nefarious doings in Neverland, John Pielmeier has done the world a great service and righted a great literary wrong. James Cook's account sets the record straight on a number of important points, not only exonerating the mis-portrayed (and mis-named) one-handed sea captain, but also revealing the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up as the kidnapping psychopath he truly was. Cook (aided perhaps by his intrepid editor, Pielmeier) is a masterful storyteller and a playful wordsmith, and his (completely true) memoir is a ripping yarn."--Forrest Leo, author of The Gentleman
"Rollicking . . .[Hook's Tale] satisfyingly upends all the familiar elements of Barrie's children's story. A splendid yarn." --Publishers Weekly
About the Author
John Pielmeier is a three-time Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated playwright and screenwriter. His successful plays, television movies, and miniseries include Agnes of God, Gifted Hands, Choices of the Heart, The Memory Keeper's Daughter, and successful screen adaption of Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth. He has received the Humanitas Award (plus two nominations), five Writers' Guild Award nominations, a Gemini nomination, an Edgar Award, the Camie Award, and a Christopher Award. He is married to writer Irene O'Garden and lives in upstate New York. Hook's Tale is his first novel.
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Will wonders never cease? A playwright, a writer, an actor and now an editor?
“Hook’s Tale” gives us the authentic and true story of Captain James Cook, the real man behind the Hook legend who suffered so cruelly at the hand of JM Barrie or should I say the pen of Mr. Barrie?
Every character has an origin story and every one of us was born and raised somewhere, only with some those circumstances are more unlikely than others. This is the latter.
No doubt Blofeld and Uriah Heep had the sort of childhood that marked them for life. Of course, we remember them for their cruelty and sad lack of empathy, perhaps a result of their upbringing. Cook’s upbringing appears to have been loving and stable despite an absent father.
From his telling, events seem to have been thrust upon Cook (or, for clarity’s sake, should I say Hook?) The plot twists and turns as we discover the true nature of that most dastardly of villains. Or sympathetic victim?
After reading the book, I must say that my allegiances fell fully on the side of Hook. I always thought Peter Pan to be an unhinged, spoiled, thoughtless child who would have found no friend in me should our paths have ever crossed.
I’m very pleased that this memoir has come to light and Mr. Pielmeier has taken care to represent and edit the text so carefully. While it is true, I never gave a minute’s thought to Hook while sitting through endless productions of “Peter Pan” I always considered Peter to be the sort of boy one should stay well clear of lest you be swept up in his wayward, misguided antics which would surely end in tears of frustration.
You will enjoy this effort to set the record straight.
Norman in Reno
John Pielmeier (author and narrator of "Hook's Tale") delivers a superb performance of this wonderful and engaging story with riveting mystery, adventure, and humor. At last, Capt. Hook gets the opportunity to tell the real story of his life...and hang-on for the ride.
It's filled with hidden-treasure. If you enjoy audio-listening: this is A Must Listen !! Set the rigging...and sail on!...into this intriguing tale.