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    Flint & Silver

    Harper Collins
    harpercollins.co.uk

    Pirates of the Caribbean meets Flashman in this rip-roaring, hugely entertaining prequel to Treasure Island.

    John Silver had never killed a man. Until now, charisma, sheer size and, when all else failed, a powerful pair of fists, had been enough to see off his enemies. But on a smouldering deck off the coast of Madagascar, his shipmates dead or dying all around him, his cutlass has just claimed the lives of six pirates. With their comrades intent on revenge, Silver's promising career in the merchant navy looks set to come to an end until the pirate captain makes him an offer he can't refuse.

    On the other side of the world Joseph Flint, a naval officer wronged by his superiors, plots a bloody mutiny. Strikingly handsome, brilliant, but prey to sadistic tendencies, the path Flint has chosen will ultimately lead him to Silver.

    Together these gentlemen of fortune forge a deadly and unstoppable partnership, steering a course through treachery and betrayal and amassing a vast fortune. But the arrival of Selina, a beautiful runaway slave with a murderous past, triggers sexual jealousy that will turn the best of friends into sworn enemies. . .and so the legend of Treasure Island begins.


    'Swashbuckling adventure on the high seas doesn’t get much better than this. If you loved Robert Louis Stevenson’s TREASURE ISLAND as a kid—and who didn’t?—then you will absolutely love this not-for-kids prequel. John Drake writes beautifully, and you’ll be torn between savouring the words and quickly flipping the pages. Any favourable comparison to Stevenson or Patrick O’Brian is totally justified.' -- Nelson DeMille, #1 New York Times bestselling author

    'FLINT AND SILVER is a fascinating prequel, one that manages a thoroughly modern style and approach while remaining scrupulously faithful to the period.' -- Lincoln Child, New York Times bestselling author
     
    'Drake's novel is rich in historical detail and riveting in its vivid depictions of sea battles, torture, murder and lurid pirate revelry… this is a rousing swashbuckler loaded with action, greed, treachery and graphic violence.' -- Publisher's Weekly
     
    'Drake vigorously recounts bloody exploits and savage adventures, updating Stevenson with the addition of sex and violence, not to mention the pirates’ own highly creative profanity...  No children’s story this, but appealing to adult readers with fond memories of the original.' -- Kirkus
     
    'A rattling good yarn with battle scenes and tales of treachery galore.' -- Good Reading (Australia)


    Foreign rights have been sold in the US and Russia.

    Unabridged audio rights have been sold.



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    Skull and Bones Pieces of Eight Flint & Silver


     

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