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The Angel's Command [Paperback]

Brian Jacques
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April 24 2003

Ben and his black labrador, castaways from the legendary ghost ship Flying Dutchman, swore never to go to sea again. But fate casts them adrift once more on a French pirate ship, with two villainous sea captains--and a ghost--in pursuit.

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Grade 5 Up--This is the second installment (Philomel, 2003) of Brian Jacques' series, The Castaways of the Flying Dutchman, about Ben and his faithful black Labrador companion, Ned, who have been saved by an angel from evil pirates and given the ability to communicate telepathically. The story works both as a sequel to first tale and a stand alone story. Ben helps a French buccaneer captain, Raphael Thuron, expose a cheating Spanish pirate, fleeing when the pirate realizes he has lost his gold. The first book ends with the Frenchman and crew dead, and Ben and Ned alone. In this sequel, it is 1628 and the pair rescues a gypsy girl and helps a young artist. The group meets a nobleman, and volunteers to travel to the mountains to rescue his long-lost nephew from an evil group practicing the black arts. A goatherd woman living in the mountains is drawn into the rescue. Jacques narrates with help from a full cast. There are songs scattered throughout, and chapter breaks are accompanied by music. Both parts blend when the pair meet Thuron's priest brother and find the sunken pirate gold. There is just enough description given to let imagination take over. Careful listening is required at times to understand both words and accents. Jacques emphasizes relationships between characters. The wordless communication between Ben and his irreverent companion is a highlight. With the popularity of pirate movies during this past summer, this audiobook will interest middle and high school students and would be a good choice for school and public libraries.--Susan Rice, Evergreen Local Schools, Metamora, OH
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Gr. 5-9. In this sequel to Castaways of the Flying Dutchman (2001), Ben and his black Labrador pal, Ned, continue their travels after an angel rescues them from the evil crew of the ship The Flying Dutchman. As with the first book, this novel is divided into two nearly separate stories. The first plops the heroes into seventeenth-century Caribbean waters, teaming them with Captain Thuron, a valiant French buccaneer. This adventure comes to an abrupt end with Thuron's death, and Ben and Ned soon find themselves allied with new compatriots in an attempt to rescue a young man from the Razan, a tribe well versed in the black arts who live high in the Pyrenees. Although the heroes usually escape from tight spots through fortuitous accidents or divine intervention rather than clever plot twists, Jacques has still come up with another page-turner. Readers who enjoyed the first book will find this sequel even more exciting. Todd Morning
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5.0 out of 5 stars Second Book in a great series April 20 2004
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a great book, which's why I gave it five stars. However, I didn't really like the ending. It's the second book in The Flying Dutchman series, and the two main characters, Ben and Ned, are still immortal. This book takes place in the years between the Flying Dutchman book. There is a lot of action, suspense, and drama. The first half of the book was mostly action, adventure, with a little horror mixed in. While the second half of the book is filled with adventure, suspense, and drama. I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes a long story, with several genres, and many characters.
This book starts out in a small city in Columbia, Cartengena, in the year 1628. A boy named Ben and his dog, Ned, are hungry, after wandering around. They go into a tavern, called the Rhum Tigre. Two pirates, a Spaniard, Rocco Madrid, and Raphael Thuron, a Frenchman, are playing an old game, where you mix shells, and under one is a pea. Captain Thuron loses another round, and passes a stack of gold coins to Madrid. One coin falls on the floor. Ned is on it like a hawk. He gives it to Captain Thuron, who gives it to Ben. Ben is then told to get meat, wine, and to keep the extra change, to buy Ned and himself something.
Ned discovers that the Spaniard is cheating. He tells Ben about it, because they can telepathically communicate. Ben watches the next round closely, and sees that the Spaniard slips the pea into his lap. He whispers it to Captain Thuron, who tells his crew. After that round, the Frenchman says to Madrid, "There's a dagger either side of you and a loaded musket pointed at your belly from my side. I'm betting there's no pea under any of those three shells..." Thuron then takes all his gold back, and he, his crew, and Ben and Ned dash to his ship to make a getaway.
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This is the second in the series "Castaways of the Flying Dutchman." Like the first book, Castaways, this book is really two books, two completely separate stories involving the same characters (although there is a return to the first story at the end of the book). As with Castaways, Angel's Command begins with a naval adventure. But instead of traveling with the demonic Captain Vanderdecken, Ben and Ned find themselves onboard a pirate ship with a kindly French captain who has tricked a ruthless Spaniard out of his treasure. The French buccaneers must also outrun an English privateer, hot on their tail. What follows is an exciting chase from the Caribbean across the Atlantic to France. In typical fashion for Jacques, the wicked come to justice, sowing the seeds of their own destruction. But Jacques is also able to show how even wickedness can be turned for good. In the second story, Ben and Ned meet up with some new friends to try to help a aging Comte find his dead brother's lost son. Ben and Ned rescue Karey, a young con artist with a beautiful voice, and join up with Dominic a "face maker," who can draw portraits so lifelike that they reveal a person's true character. They must search for him among the ruthless and evil Razan, a band of marauders hidden in the Pyrenees. Ben and Ned find help from a tough goatherd, a woman who lives by herself in the mountains. Ultimately, the power of the angel comes to their rescue in a surprising fashion. In the Castaways series Jacques deals with a more explicitly religious world than he does in Redwall, where there is morality and a force for good, but not angels from God. Jacques is a master of storytelling, but in the Castaway series, he also shows his ability to explore different characters. This book will both "teach and delight."
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5.0 out of 5 stars The furthur adventures of Ben and Ned! May 1 2003
Format:Hardcover
As a long time Redwall fan I remember, a few years ago, when I went to a Brain Jacques book signing when he announced that he was going to write Castaways of the Flying Dutchmen, the book to which An Angel's Command is a sequel to. The reaction from the crowd was not one he expected. It was one of horror. Millions of children thought that it meant he was going to stop writing Redwall, or at least postpone it for a little while, and it terrified us all. Luckily, we were wrong. With Castaways of the Flying Dutchmen and now, with The Angel's Command, Brain Jacques proves he can create not just one but TWO series.
The book, like Castaways, is divided into two stories that take place back to back in the early 17th century. The first story tells of Ben and Ned, the Castaways, first trip back to the sea. Almost by accident, Ben and Ned find themselves traveling from the Caribbean to France on the Buccaneer ship, Le Petit Marine. They are trailed by two ships, a vengeful Spanish pirate ship and a corrupted English privateer boat. Both of them are interested in one thing, Le Petit Marie's gold. Ben and Ned know they must help their new friend, the captain Thuron, in any way possible. But the crew of the ship is not as noble as the captain. They don't want to go back to France, and they'll do anything to stop the captain from getting them their. At the same time Ben and Ned are haunted by images of the Flying Dutchman. Has Captain Vanderdecken come back to haunt them?
The second story happens almost directly after the first one. Ben and Ned run into a gypsy girl named Lalay and a facemaker named Dominic that can see into the hearts of his models for his drawings. They travel to a city called Vernon as friends and find themselves caught up in a strange adventure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
can't put it down!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Angel's Command
Brian Jacques's books have an interesting quality in that they are good while you're reading, but for the first portion, you don't really care if you come back or not. Read more
Published on April 1 2008 by WriterGrl
5.0 out of 5 stars Jacques pleases yet again
I am a great fan of all of Brian Jacques' works, and this book lived up to his legacy.
You could pick up this novel and understand the story line without reading the first... Read more
Published on June 7 2004 by "saraly279"
4.0 out of 5 stars Its good.
I found this book good. It kept me up late at night. But i think it didn't reach the quality of the original Castaway of the flying dutchman. Read more
Published on April 3 2004 by Reaver
5.0 out of 5 stars Blown away!
I was attracted to this series after meeting Brian Jaques while he was on tour. He he said then that he had had more fun writing "The Angel's Command" then he had in a long time. Read more
Published on March 19 2004 by Just another Easterling
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
I am here to tell you that this is a very good book and that anyone that gives it Five Stars has the right idea. Read more
Published on March 18 2004 by Jens Rorbit
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not excellent
My younger sister introduced me to this series about a week ago. The Castaways of the Flying Dutchman was great-it had everything. Read more
Published on March 17 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Swashbuckler that lacks facts
The Angel's Command is a good story, but the first half of the book, the naval part, was all wrong. To start with, the naval slang used by crews from the three ships is not right. Read more
Published on March 10 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars im lovin it
The Angels Command is work of art that is just fun to read. i enjoyed reading this book so much, that i read it in two days! Read more
Published on Jan. 22 2004 by jena
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I'm 40 years old, and I couldn't put this book down. I tend to skim books with huge elaborations, but you won't want to miss a single word in this story. Read more
Published on Dec 19 2003 by Elizabeth ODonnell
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