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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Angel's Command 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Jacques pleases yet again June 7 2004
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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Its good. April 3 2004
By Reaver
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Blown away! March 19 2004
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! March 18 2004
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not excellent March 17 2004
By A Customer
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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