Reading List: Sailors and Pirates

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February 5, 2019

The Campbells

After his wife’s brutal murder, Campbell, a pirate legend, gave up his life on the open seas to raise his two young daughters in peace. But, inevitably, his past eventually catches up with him in the form of Carapepino, a pretentious but clumsy pirate, desperately trying to win favour with the infamous Inferno. For his own sinister reasons, Inferno wants more than anything to get rid of Campbell and his offspring, once and for all. But Campbell and Inferno are bound to each other in ways that those around them would never have guessed…


A Son of the Sun

Parlay is the French king of a dying island tribe and the father of the sublime Armande. He’s selling his pearls, a fortune collected from his island’s lagoon. The wealthiest traders in the Solomon Islands have been invited to the auction, except for David Grief, the Englishman the natives call the Son of the Sun. Come hell or high water—probably both—Grief will be there. And he isn’t coming for the pearls. This is a thrilling adaptation of two Jack London novellas, “A Son of the Sun” and “The Pearls of Parlay.”

The Forbidden Harbour

During the summer of 1807, off the coast of Siam, a Royal Navy ship rescues a young castaway, Abel, who only remembers his first name. He soon becomes friends with the First Officer, who is standing in for the captain as the commander has apparently run away after stealing the treasures that were on board. Abel goes back to England aboard the Explorer, and he finds accomodation in an inn which is managed by the three daughters of the runaway captain. Abel will find out something truly creepy about himself before recovering his memory, and he’ll realize the true nature of the ones who helped him.


Esteban

When Esteban, a young Native American boy of just 12-years-old, presents himself to the captain of the Leviathan for the post of ‘harpooner’, he’s the laughing stock of the whole crew. But when the captain finds out that Esteban is the son of Suzanna of the Tehuelches tribe, he decides to take him on… as ship’s boy. Despite his lowly post, this is Esteban’s chance to discover the sailor’s life, with all its hardship and its happiness, and maybe even a chance to prove what he’s made of!


Gypsies of the High Seas

The good-looking and hotheaded Nadau, carpenter by trade, is also one of the finest blades of the country: it is said he is the son of the legendary D’Artagnan. On top of that, he’s fallen in love… with not one girl, but two: the beautiful Roma twins Angelina and Leane, fiery and fiercely loyal. But a curse seems to be upon the happy lovers, driving them halfway across the world looking for a place to call home. Along the way, they will become the Gypsies of the High Seas.

Tramp

In the chilly gray port town of Rouen, De Trichère, a man who’s made his fortune in shipping, is dying of cancer. He lost his wife to bombing during the war, and his daughter lost the use of her legs. Now the wheelchair-bound girl is all he has left, and he’s willing to go to any lengths to secure her future. Cozying up to a former first mate with a reputation for sadism? Check. Insurance fraud on a massive scale? Check. Sending over fifty sailors to certain doom, sure, but even… murdering his own secretary when she finds out?

Jakob Kayne

Jakob Kayne and his brother Samuel are the last of the Hippocrats. Sworn to treat those in need (and those who are deemed worthy), the two Healer-Alchemists have been tracked across the Archipelagos by manifold enemies, including the Inquisition. On his latest mission, Jakob, a formidable Memory-Eater whose face none can recall, is confronted by an obstacle as unexpected as it is persistent: feelings for his latest patient, Victoria Marcheda, amid the fiery destruction of the city of La Isabela.

Pirate Family

The Marrowbone has been immobilized and Victor MacLimpet is feeling glum: a pirate without a ship is a pirate without a job. Just as he hits rock bottom, Victor gets a very bad idea… He’ll wreck a galleon and steal its cargo. Perfect! Except that the “loot” in question will sow discord within the “Pirate Family” and all over Turtle Island…

 

Header image: The Campbells © José Luis Munuera / Dupuis