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Captain Scraggs or, The Green-Pea Pirates   By: (1880-1957)

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In "Captain Scraggs or, The Green-Pea Pirates," author Peter B. Kyne takes readers on an exciting and humorous adventure. Filled with vivid characters and a captivating story line, this book offers an enjoyable reading experience.

The story revolves around Captain Ephraim Scraggs, an eccentric and unconventional character who captains a worn-out schooner called the "Green-Pea." Despite his rough exterior and unorthodox methods, Captain Scraggs' heart is in the right place. Alongside his loyal crew, consisting of Long Tom and Skinny McCulloch, Captain Scraggs embarks on several misadventures as they attempt to make their way to South America in search of fortune.

Kyne's writing style is engaging and entertaining, with a clever blend of wit, sarcasm, and an abundance of humorous dialogues. The author beautifully captures the essence of the time period, transporting readers to an era of swashbuckling adventures and daring piracy. Through his distinctive storytelling, Kyne effectively creates a thrilling atmosphere that keeps readers hooked from start to finish.

One of the strengths of this book lies in its well-developed characters. Captain Scraggs, with his unique personality and idiosyncrasies, is particularly memorable. His interactions with his crew, especially Long Tom and Skinny McCulloch, are both entertaining and endearing. Kyne masterfully injects humor into the relationships, creating a delightful camaraderie that adds depth to the story.

Furthermore, Kyne's attention to detail adds authenticity to the narrative. Whether it is describing life on a schooner or the various challenges faced by Captain Scraggs and his crew, the author's meticulous research shines through. Additionally, the descriptions of the South American landscape are evocative and vivid, painting a vibrant picture in the reader's mind.

While "Captain Scraggs" is an engaging and enjoyable read, there are moments when the plot becomes predictable. The storyline occasionally relies on familiar tropes and clich├ęs, which can dampen the element of surprise. However, the strong characterization and the overall lighthearted tone of the book compensate for this minor flaw.

In conclusion, "Captain Scraggs or, The Green-Pea Pirates" is a delightful and amusing adventure novel. Peter B. Kyne's writing style and skilful storytelling transport readers on a thrilling journey with memorable and loveable characters. While the plot may lack some originality, the engaging narrative and witty dialogues make it a worthwhile read for fans of maritime adventures and humorous tales set in a bygone era.

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[Illustration: " Captain Scraggs threw his brown derby on the deck and leaped upon it. "]

CAPTAIN SCRAGGS

OR

THE GREEN PEA PIRATES

BY PETER B. KYNE

AUTHOR OF CAPPY RICKS, THE LONG CHANCE, THE VALLEY OF THE GIANTS, WEBSTER MAN'S MAN, ETC.

ILLUSTRATED BY

GORDON GRANT

GROSSET & DUNLAP PUBLISHERS NEW YORK

COPYRIGHT, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1919, BY PETER B. KYNE

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES AT THE COUNTRY LIFE PRESS, GARDEN CITY, N.Y.

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED BY THE SUNSET MAGAZINE

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

"Captain Scraggs threw his brown derby on the deck and leaped upon it" Frontispiece ( See page 6 )

FACING PAGE

"'Great Snakes!' he yelled and fell back against the cabin wall" 156

"Captain Scraggs ... broke from the circle of savages ... and fled for the beach" 232

"Tabu Tabu ... planted a mighty right in the centre of Mr. Gibney's physiognomy" 252

CAPTAIN SCRAGGS

OR

THE GREEN PEA PIRATES

CHAPTER I

They had seen the fog rolling down the coast shortly after the Maggie had rounded Pilar Point at sunset and headed north. Captain Scraggs has been steamboating too many unprofitable years on San Francisco Bay, the Suisun and San Pablo sloughs and dogholes and the Sacramento River to be deceived as to the character of that fog, and he remarked as much to Mr... Continue reading book >>




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