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Flint and Silver

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Rip-roaring adventures for fans of 'Pirates of the Caribbean' and Patrick O' Brian, in these pirate prequels to 'Treasure Island'. When all your friends are dead, there's no choice but to join the enemy! After pirates stormed his merchant's ship, massacring all around them, they found one opponent who wouldn't go down: John Silver. And so with six men dead at his hand, Silver is made an offer he can't refuse: join them or die. On the other side of the world, the legendary Captain Flint is the meanest, most dangerous bandit on the high seas. He fears no another man -- until he meets fellow freebooter 'Gentleman' John Silver. Together, they forge a formidable partnership as villains-in-arms. But there's more to piracy than rum, sodomy and the lash! there's gold, hundreds of thousands of pieces of it, enough for everyone, in fact -- until the arrival of Selina, a beautiful runaway slave, triggers a violent jealousy that turns these best of friends into sworn enemies. And as Flint schemes to secure the vast loot for himself, the legend of Treasure Island begins! Key title / From peg legs and parrots to the Black Spot and buried treasure, Flint and Silver faithfully recreates the much-loved world of Stevenson's classic tale / Throw in a cast of legendary characters including Billy Bones, Israel Hands, Ben Gunn and, of course, Captain Flint and Long John Silver, and this has all the ingredients of a blockbuster debut - perfect to reach a whole new readership / Price promoted GBP10 hardback to encourage purchase as a holiday read / Rip-roaring publicity campaign will include third-party promotions, cross-promoted online treasure hunt and pirate microsite, fantastic prizes and innovative stunts / Film rights have been bought for a scheduled release of 2010 / US rights have been sold to Simon & Schuster / Competition: George Macdonald Fraser, Bernard Cornwell

About the Author

Having originally trained as a biochemist -- before realizing he wasn't much good at science -- John Drake became an anchorman for PharmaVision, a live-TV broadcast service produced by ICI Pharmaceuticals. He left in 1999 to become a full-time writer. His hobbies and interests include muzzle-loading shooting, history and politics. 'Flint and Silver' was inspired by the many unanswered questions left by Robert Louis Stevenson's much-loved classic, 'Treasure Island'.


When Robert Louis Stevenson wrote Treasure Island in 1883, the evil Captain Flint was already dead and Long John Silver had already lost his leg. Drake imagines the leadup to that classic pirate tale, offering a witty and exciting explanation of how Silver became a pirate, lost his leg and gained a parrot; how Flint conspired to bury his pirate loot and murder everyone within pistol shot; and how Flint and Silver became friends, then bitter enemies. Flint and Silver's paths intersect in the Caribbean, where they team up to terrorize Spanish treasure ships and other unfortunate vessels. They argue and fight over the crew's loyalty and the treasure, but the real wedge is an escaped slave girl named Selena. Drake's novel is rich in historical detail and riveting in its vivid depictions of sea battles, torture, murder and lurid pirate revelry. Though the abrupt conclusion creates a clumsy segue to the forthcoming sequel, this is a rousing swashbuckler loaded with action, greed, treachery and graphic violence. (May) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

'Flint & Silver contains the essential ingredients to attract a worldwide following' Western Morning News

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