Pieces of Eight
Sequel to Flint and Silver
by John Drake
This is the sequel to the Treasure Island (Amazon
UK) prequel Flint
and Silver (also reviewed
on this site) and follows on directly after the events in this first novel. Long John Silver and
his crew are marooned on the island with the treasure—but with no way of getting either it
or themselves away. Meanwhile, Joseph Flint is away at sea with Serena, raising an army to take
the island by storm and bear away the goods. But he has a secret that he is not going to share...
the fact that he does not intend to share the treasure with anybody!
As with Flint and Silver, this is Treasure Island for adults, although most of the
gore and violence present in the first prequel is absent here. There is much in here to enjoy;
stirring nautical adventure, some memorable characters, a whole Native American nation afloat and
various plot twists and turns. I was never bored, but as with the earlier book the principal reason
for enjoying this book (and the memory that surely most readers will take away from it) is the
stunning depiction of Captain Flint. He strides through the novels like a colossus, dominating to
such a degree that any part of the novel not containing his vibrant personage is rather dimmed.
He is cut from whole cloth, whereas, of course, it is Silver who is remembered from Treasure
Island. Here he seems diminished, not quite the pirate (and certainly not the dashing pirate)
but more of an unfortunate soul driven by circumstances beyond his control to do what anybody would
do in his place. He is sensible, likeable and intelligent but not much more. Once again the
sinister character of Blind Pew, mentioned by Stevenson as a force to be reckoned with, is only
mentioned once, doing some useful minor task—why is he so clearly missing? These gripes
beside (this was my favorite childhood novel after all), this novel promises plenty of stirring
adventure, and whatever happens in the third and final book of the trilogy to look forward to.
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Historical Adventure / 1752 / Caribbean etc|
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Rachel A Hyde|