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The Pirates! In An Adventure With Napoleon Paperback – 14 May 2009

4.3 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix (14 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753825805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753825808
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 1.7 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,117,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Defoe is still one of the funniest writers around (THE GLOSS)

If you have teeeangers who resist the idea of being read to, then leave Gideon Defoe's hilarious The Pirates! book lying around (Frank Cottrell-Boyce The Times) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The Pirates return and this time the Pirate Captain faces his Waterloo.

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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Of all the Pirates books, this one made me laugh the most. When the Pirate Captain is humiliated at the Pirate of the Year awards he exiles himself to St Helena to become a bee keeper. As such, there's not much "adventuring" and the book is much more about the special character that is the Pirate Captain. I think we get a far more sustained look at the essence of the man - and it's hilarious. Only a rival as self important as Napoleon can really bring out the best and worst in our hero!

Warning, this book has a number of "spit out your tea" funny moments - be careful reading it in public!
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I love the pirates and their adventures. The pirate books are very silly, almost as stupid as The Da Vinci Code but not intended to have any basis in reality. I enjoy reading them on boring plane journeys but squeals of laughter can annoy fellow travellers.
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Format: Hardcover
He's back. But, as promised, without quite the large quantities of ham we have become accustomed to! Without giving too much of the plot away, it's time for the Pirate Captain to embark on something a little different (in as much as Belgium is a little different to a bag of spoons). New nemise.... nemisess's..... nemi.... foes are found and battled and with Defoe's usual genius levels of imagination we are plunged back into the wonderfully silly world of the pirates. I loved the exchange of letters in the middle and the highly visual style of writing. These books are a real gem and a highlight of my month.
Miss them at your peril. Oh and Im quite fond of the pirate with the red scarf now. He's my favourite.
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Format: Hardcover
I loved the previous The Pirates! books, and many is the time I've failed to stifle laughs on a busy train into work!
The latest offering in the series is amusing enough, but I can't help feeling Defoe is beginning to run out of ideas. Not much really happens and it isn't all that clever compared to the other "adventures". The ending particularly was an abysmally lazy piece of writing, which was a shame because only a few pages earlier I'd been reduced to tears of laughter at the exchange of letters in the island's newspaper!
Maybe the publishers were hassling Defoe to produce the book as soon as possible and this is the rushed result?
There's nothing wrong with being a one-trick pony, just as long as your one trick remains entertaining.
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Format: Hardcover
This book, and in fact, the entire series, is a wonderfully funny and enjoyous read! The series revolves around the captain of a pirate ship, the Pirate Captain, his crew, and the adventures they get into. In this book, the pirates cross paths with an exiled Napoleon Bonaparte, and the Pirate Captain and Napoleon develop an intense rivalry and dislike. Some of the humour is very understated, and some very overt. Especially enjoyable are the mentions of modern-day issues that the pirates are relating to their problems. I found the first book in the series in a remainder book store, and immediately sought out the rest. I only hope that Mr. Defoe has more of these books in store for the future.
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Format: Paperback
As a big fan of the easy-to-read franchise, this latest offering is a tad disappointing.

Defoe's delightful wandering style, with the customary tangents and witty asides, remains into this fourth title, however the main adventurous piratical plot is a little weak and reminiscent of the stories written in english class at school where you start off on a story, but decide you'd rather play football outside, which leaves the story to go from seemingly mid-flow to finished in the space of a few pages.

The pirate captain suffers from the absence of a true antagonist or hearty quest . . .
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Format: Hardcover
Having loved the other Pirates! books I bought this with great anticipation and excitement. Sadly, this one has made me question buying any further releases.

You can take this book two ways: either it is a clever post-modern antiplot with a unifying ironic joke on the nature of adventure stories & reader expectation; or it is quite boring and a bit of a let down.

Defoe makes a good start by playing with his well-loved formulaic opening, but afterwards the plot dissolves completely as he works to establish a setting that would make Father Ted's 'Craggy Island' look exciting. There's no roaring, no-one gets run-through, and honestly there isn't any kind of pirating at all. A far cry from the triumphs of '...Scientists' or '...Communists'. It's a sea-story set on land about pirates who do no pirating... then it ends.

This book is so disappointing precisely because we know how good Defoe is, and in this volume the gap is wide.
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Format: Hardcover
Well worth waiting for! Yes, a bit different to the others, but that just adds to the whole thing! So funny, so clever. And, yes, fantastic for getting teens to read. Just leave lying around, and wait for results. And I think my favourite pirate in this one is the one who likes kittens and sunsets.
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