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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Children's Books; Open market ed edition (April 24 2003)
  • ISBN-10: 0670914657
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670914654
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)


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By WriterGrl on April 1 2008
Format: Library Binding
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. They don't grab hold of you and refuse to let go. And then, if you persist in reading long enough, they finally get a hold on you and you read nonstop till the end. The Angel's Command was like that. In the beginning it was just another pirate book; I had read enough of them that it didn't stand out...but it's strength in the first half was that it was just another pirate book...and I love those. Well drawn characters and plenty of wit and excitement brought me quickly to the second part. While the Razan were a bit over the top, I loved Karay and wished that she could be in more books, because she's so smart and crafty. There was a great bit with a very special animal at the end that completely surprised me. Another complaint? Unfortunately, immortal people can never seem to have any romances.
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Format: Hardcover
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 Dutchman book, which is always a sign of a good story. The plot flowed very fluently, and the rhythm kept me on my toes throughout the book.
The characters were strong and well-formed, in fact, they were beautifully realistic. The flaws and gifts counterbalanced each other wonderfully, making me laugh and cry at the antics and heartbreak.
Overall, I'd say that this is a book for anyone who loves books, regardless of age. Ignore the recommended reading levels, and just enjoy a great read.
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By A Customer on April 20 2004
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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By Reaver on April 3 2004
Format: Hardcover
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. In that book, Ben and Ned seemed better then Angel's Command. In Angel's command, they seem too ..... heavenly and good to be counted as real. Often times when i read it, i felt i was reading a good ole fairy tale with flat characters. The story also didn't have Brian's trademark of puzzles and strange maps ( like in Castaway and all the Redwall books). It almost see a straight forward adventure.
Overall i thought this was a good book, but most of the characters act too heavenly and good for me.
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Format: Hardcover
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. That got me interested, so I read "Castaways Of The Flying Dutchman" and thoroughly enjoyed myself. I read "The Angel's Command" and was totally blown away. When I put down the book, I just sat there, not knowing what to do. I now officially like this series even more than Redwall (which says a lot!). And I eagerly await the next book. This is a MUST read.
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By Jens Rorbit on March 18 2004
Format: Hardcover
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.Oh,and the pirates and privateers do not just sit around and say 'arr', and anyone that can't figure out that when the author reffered to a 'musket' he did not mean a rifle, I am sorry for that person.
P.S. You realy have to read the first book in the series first.
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By A Customer on March 17 2004
Format: Hardcover
My younger sister introduced me to this series about a week ago. The Castaways of the Flying Dutchman was great-it had everything. But when I picked up this book, I was a little bit disappointed. I really liked the first story in this book (extreme action, nautical setting, Ben's past coming back to haunt him...)but the second...
What I didn't like was that the book lacked one important thing that all Redwall books, and this book's prequel have- a riddle. One of the reason that I love the Redwall books is because there is a riddle that the main characters have to solve.
On the positive side, this book has really deep characters that have real personality. The setting and the plot are believable enough (until you meet the Razan's- then it's too far-out for me) and you can relate to (and sympathize with) the characters.
Not as great as the first book, but if you really love the first book and are craving for more, go ahead and read it!
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