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