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Prison Ship: The Adventures of Sam Witchall Paperback – 2 Jul 2007
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'Prepare to have your timbers well and truly shivered by Paul Dowswell and his naval warfare novels, already hailed as "Patrick O'Brian for kids". With detail that points to extensive research and a plot with more snap than a cat o' nine tails, we join Sam on his journey from terrified "powder monkey" with a gun crew to experienced sailor who knows the ropes.' The Scotsman 'Another splendid book for 11+ boys, with a masterly climax.' The Times
`Another splendid book for 11+ boys, with a masterly climax' --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product description
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Dowswell's books use a few liberally scattered mild swearwords - probably nothing compared to the original nautical expletives - which my son absolutely loved, giggling naughtily. This had the effect of transforming what could have been a very 'worthy' book into a fun activity.
The end result - both my son and I really enjoyed the story and he now knows a lot more about the period. If all historical novels were this readable, we'd be in clover.
Prison Ship begins with Sam and Richard on a war ship, excited about the fourth coming battle. Once on the journey, Sam over hears some of the lieutenants plotting in the hold. When they find out Sam over heard, Sam and Richard are trapped by the lieutenants son, a midshipman. Accused of cowardice, Richard and Sam are going to hang but some fortunate twist of fate saves them and has them transported to Australia instead...
I was unable to put this book down as I felt totally caught up in the world Dowsell has created. Somehow, the reader seems to be transported themselves to the 1800's world of Navy punishments and feel as if they are alongside Sam and Richard as they journey the seas and the australian bush.
A must read for adults and children alike. Well done Dowsell:-)
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