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Of Captain Mission   By: (1661?-1731)

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Of Captain Mission by Daniel Defoe is a captivating and thrilling tale of adventure on the high seas. Set in the early 18th century, the book follows the extraordinary life of a young naval officer named Captain Mission. From the first few pages, the author's eloquent and descriptive writing style immediately transports readers into a world filled with danger, excitement, and mysterious escapades.

The story begins with Captain Mission and his crew embarking on a perilous journey across the Atlantic Ocean. The author's attention to detail shines through in his vivid descriptions of the tumultuous sea, the creaking of the ship's timbers, and the salty aroma of the ocean air. Defoe's ability to paint such a rich picture ensures that readers become fully immersed in the maritime world he has created.

However, it is not just the atmospheric setting that makes Of Captain Mission so enthralling. The book truly comes alive through the character development and the intricate relationships among the crew. Captain Mission is a complex and intriguing protagonist, embodying a blend of courage, charisma, and moral ambiguity. Readers will find themselves simultaneously rooting for him while questioning his choices.

Defoe also shines in his portrayal of the unique bond between the crew members. Each character is distinct and multifaceted, eluding superficial stereotypes. The camaraderie, loyalty, and occasional conflict between these men create a compelling dynamic that is both authentic and believable. It is this human element that adds depth and complexity to the story, transforming it from a simple adventure tale into a thought-provoking exploration of morality and loyalty.

One of the highlights of Of Captain Mission is the author's meticulous research on pirate culture and history. Defoe delves into the inner workings of pirate society, shedding light on their hierarchies, customs, and code of conduct. His attention to historical accuracy is impressive and adds an extra layer of authenticity to the narrative. This detailed insight allows readers to not only be entertained by the swashbuckling adventures but also gain a deeper understanding of the time period.

The pacing of the novel is another aspect that deserves commendation. From the opening chapter to the final page, the story maintains a satisfying momentum that keeps readers on the edge of their seats. The balance between action-packed sequences and introspective moments is skillfully executed, ensuring that readers are constantly engaged without feeling overwhelmed.

If there is one aspect of the book that could have been further explored, it is the historical context surrounding piracy and the global politics of the time. While there are occasional glimpses into these aspects, the narrative often focuses more on the personal journey of Captain Mission. A more in-depth examination of the larger historical backdrop might have enriched the story even further.

Overall, Of Captain Mission is a captivating, well-researched, and thought-provoking historical adventure. Daniel Defoe's masterful storytelling, coupled with his compelling characters and attention to detail, creates an immersive reading experience that will delight fans of maritime adventures and pirate lore. It is a truly remarkable tale of human resilience, redemption, and the allure of the open sea.

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Richard C. Boys, University of Michigan Ralph Cohen, University of California, Los Angeles Vinton A. Dearing, University of California, Los Angeles Lawrence Clark Powell, Clark Memorial Library


W. Earl Britton, University of Michigan


Emmett L. Avery, State College of Washington Benjamin Boyce, Duke University Louis Bredvold, University of Michigan John Butt, University of Edinburgh James L. Clifford, Columbia University Arthur Friedman, University of Chicago Louis A. Landa, Princeton University Samuel H. Monk, University of Minnesota Ernest C. Mossner, University of Texas James Sutherland, University College, London H.T. Swedenberg, Jr., University of California, Los Angeles


Edna C. Davis, Clark Memorial Library


Defoe has been recognized as the author of A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pyrates since 1932 when John Robert Moore suggested that the supposed author, Captain Charles Johnson, like Andrew Moreton, Kara Selym or Captain Roberts, was merely another mask for the creator of Robinson Crusoe . Although most of the first volume is of minor literary importance, the second section which appeared in 1728 as The History of the Pyrates commenced with a life "Of Captain Misson and His Crew," one of Defoe's most remarkable and neglected works of fiction... Continue reading book >>

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