Thunder From the Sea

Thunder From the Sea

Adventure on Board the HMS Defender

Comic Book - 2010
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Illustrated in comic-book format with detailed informational sidebars, this high-concept hybrid is a fast-paced action-adventure'like a Patrick O?Brian novel for kids!

Jack Hoyton is just a boy when he enlists in the Royal Navy and is assigned to the HMS Defender, a midsized frigate defending the British Isles from invasion by the French emperor Napoleon. Little could have prepared him for the hard work and danger of life on the high seas, or for the strict military discipline aboard the ship during wartime. While blockading a French port, the crew of the Defender gets into more trouble than they planned for when they are betrayed during an excursion ashore. It is up to Jack to free his imprisoned shipmates and warn the Defender that they are headed into a deadly trap!

Publisher: New York : Penguin Group, c2010.
ISBN: 9780399250897
0399250891
Branch Call Number: J FIC Weige 9254mm 1
Characteristics: 46, [2] p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. map.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Nov 26, 2012

It’s as if he made a dare with himself. Not only would the author create a book about the Royal Navy battling it out with Napoleon’s seaside forces, not only would he make that book a graphic novel, and not ONLY would that graphic novel contain tons of factual information about early 19th century seafaring ways, but he’d also put in enough battles and fight scenes to make it worth a reluctant reader’s while. Kids are bugging you for more pirate books? Throw this puppy their way. By the time they realize there isn’t a peg legged man to be found it’ll be too late. They’ll be hooked, and if you read it yourself, so will you.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Nov 26, 2012

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Nov 26, 2012

Jack Hoyton probably had romantic visions of heroism and derring-do when he enlisted as a member of the British Royal Navy. Hardly more than a kid, those dreams were knocked flat pretty fast. Day in the navy consist of plain hard work, no bones about it. It takes Jack a while to get a feel for the job, but he does just in time for some skirmishes with the French. Soon it looks as though his HMS Defender may have a hand in turning the tide against Napoleon’s own seagoing vessels. That is, unless they fall into a trap created by one of their own traitorous sailors. Factual information about life on the sea appears in the sidebars of each page. A Bibliography and Recommended Reading list appears at the book’s close.

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