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Money Island   By: (1869-1947)

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Money Island by Andrew Jackson Howell is an insightful and thought-provoking novel that delves into the complexities of greed and the pursuit of wealth. Set in the alluring backdrop of a Caribbean paradise, the story follows a diverse group of characters whose lives intertwine in unexpected ways.

The author expertly crafts a vivid and immersive world, painting a picturesque image of the island and its inhabitants. Howell's descriptive writing allows readers to feel the salty breeze, taste the tropical fruits, and hear the vibrant sounds of the bustling marketplace. This attention to detail adds depth and richness to the narrative, making Money Island feel like a living, breathing place.

At the heart of the story lies a compelling exploration of human nature and the corrupting influence of money. The characters are flawlessly developed, each representing a different facet of society's relationship with wealth. From the ambitious entrepreneur always seeking the next big deal to the impoverished fisherman yearning for a better life, their individual journeys intertwine in a captivating tapestry of ambition, power, and morality.

The pacing of the novel is well-balanced, keeping readers engaged and eager to uncover the outcomes of the characters' choices. There are moments of high suspense and intense drama, as well as introspective moments that delve into the characters' internal struggles and personal growth. These quieter moments provide an opportunity for self-reflection, encouraging readers to question their own values and priorities.

In addition to its compelling narrative, Money Island also tackles social and environmental themes. Howell explores the consequences of unregulated capitalism, shedding light on the exploitation of the island's resources and its impact on the local community and ecosystem. This thought-provoking aspect of the novel adds an extra layer of depth and raises important ethical questions.

One minor critique of the book is that some readers may find certain plot points predictable or cliché. While the story offers some surprises and twists, there are elements that can feel familiar to avid readers of the genre. However, this does not detract significantly from the overall enjoyment of the novel.

In conclusion, Money Island is a captivating novel that combines vibrant storytelling, well-developed characters, and insightful themes. Andrew Jackson Howell's prose immerses readers in the allure of a tropical paradise while unraveling the complex relationship between money and humanity. This book is a compelling read for anyone who enjoys thought-provoking fiction with a touch of adventure.

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Copyright, 1908, by Andrew J. Howell, Jr. Commercial Printing Co., Wilmington N.C.


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[Illustration: The Little Island Among the Marshes]


This is the story of the buried treasure on Money Island, which lies in Greenville Sound, not far from Wilmington, North Carolina. It was told by Mr. Jonathan Landstone many years ago, and is a part of another story which follows, and which will explain something further about the mysterious little island that blinks in the sunlight and tries to hide its secret. The words are Mr. Landstone's and were written by him, to make sure that the story would be told correctly when the time came to publish it.

(Mr. Landstone's MS.)

My grandfather lived in Charleston, S.C. My home is in Philadelphia. In my boyhood I visited him several times. He was a fine old man, and was very fond of me. He used to tell me many stories of the good old colonial days. He said his father was a pirate; but that pirates in those days were gentlemen. Although they made game of the King's revenue on the high seas, it was regarded as nothing very wrong; and, although they played havoc with the Spanish shipping, it was but the assertion of a time honored right of Englishmen, who never did love Spaniards... Continue reading book >>

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