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Hardcover
344 pages
Sep 2007
Thomas Nelson

Isle of Swords

by Wayne Thomas Batson

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Review:

Set sail on the high seas! Itís pirate business weíre about - cold, cruel, pirate business, with golden dreams of treasure galore. But there is a treasure far greater than gold to be found, and the eyes of some pirates are turning toward it.

Not-so-very bad pirate Captain Declan Ross sails a lithe, awake ship and leads a wildly assorted crew, including Anne, his cutlass wielding teenage daughter. Cat, a castaway amnesiac young man is most definitely is someone important, if only they could only figure out who he is. Declan Rossí terrible implacable foe is the despicable, cruel pirate Captain Thorne and his maniacal crew. They chase one another throughout the Caribbian, until the day they both hear about the treasure and desire it. Dangers from both man and sea lie between the Caribbean islands and the volcanic isle where this treasure lies.

With a molten imagination, Wayne Batson crews Isle of Swords with a full complement of varied yet readily believable characters. His landscapes, seascapes, and fight depictions ring with both reality and fantasy. As one would expect in a pirate story, violence plays a big part in the action. And though the plot is simple, the multifarious story strands and swashbuckling action keep the reader happily immersed in the book.

While not a preaching/teaching story, Isle of Swords is based firmly on Judeo-Christian values. The reader inhales Christian morals without effort. Good has a hard time of it, but does eventually win over evil. Fitted very neatly into the story are references to Christ and his salvation. A group of Catholic monks are some of the leading characters.

Listed as written for middle school age, Isle of Swords will be enjoyed by all readers of adventure tales, no matter the age. -- Donna Eggett, Christian Book Previews.com

Book Jacket:

A young lad awakens on an island, alone and brutally injured, with no memory of his past.

Captain Declan Ross searched for riches that will free him and his headstrong daughter, Anne, from the piracy business forever . . .

Bartholomew Thorne, an infamously ruthless pirate, seeks to destroy Ross and any who stand in his way of the legendary treasure hidden by a mysterious order of monks. With these intriguing characters and many more,

Wayne Thomas Batson weaves a spell-binding adventure filled with high-seas drama where battles rage, storms brew, a long-dormant volcano awakens, and a sea creature slithers in the deep as pirates race for a cliff-top fortress.