The Angel's Command
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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on April 1 2008 by WriterGrl
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
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 morePublished on April 3 2004 by Reaver
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 morePublished on March 19 2004 by Just another Easterling
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 morePublished on March 18 2004 by Jens Rorbit
My younger sister introduced me to this series about a week ago. The Castaways of the Flying Dutchman was great-it had everything. Read morePublished on March 17 2004
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 morePublished on March 10 2004
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 morePublished on Jan. 22 2004 by jena