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Tom Finch's Monkey and How he Dined with the Admiral by John C. Hutcheson is a delightful adventure story that takes readers on a thrilling voyage. Set in the early 19th century, the book introduces us to Tom Finch, a young boy with a mischievous pet monkey named Jacko.

The story begins when Tom joins the crew of the British Navy ship HMS Serapis, captained by the esteemed Admiral Grampus. Despite being an ambitious young lad, Tom finds himself facing numerous challenges and obstacles as he tries to fit in with the crewmates. However, it is Jacko's clever antics that often save the day, providing moments of humor and lightheartedness amidst the daring adventures.

Hutcheson's writing style is engaging and captures the spirit of the era perfectly. The author's attention to detail paints a vivid picture of life at sea, allowing readers to immerse themselves in the world of naval exploration. The nautical jargon and historical references add authenticity to the narrative, enhancing the overall reading experience.

One of the book's highlights is the portrayal of friendship and loyalty. Tom's bond with Jacko is heartwarming and serves as a reminder of the power of companionship. The relationship between Tom and Admiral Grampus also evolves throughout the story, going beyond the stereotypes of a strict captain and a mischievous young crew member.

Another strength of this book is its fast-paced plot. From exciting sea battles to encounters with pirates and even a shipwreck, Tom Finch's Monkey keeps readers hooked with its constant action and suspense. The various adventures the characters embark on provide both thrills and valuable life lessons, making it an engaging read for young and adult audiences alike.

The only minor downside to the book is that some chapters may feel slightly rushed, leaving the reader eager for more details and development. However, this is a small quibble in an otherwise well-crafted story.

Overall, Tom Finch's Monkey and How he Dined with the Admiral is a captivating tale of courage, friendship, and adventure on the high seas. John C. Hutcheson's storytelling skills shine through, making it a must-read for anyone who enjoys historical fiction and action-packed narratives. This book is a delightful treasure that will undoubtedly leave readers eagerly awaiting more adventures with Tom Finch and his ingenious monkey companion, Jacko.

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Tom Finch's Monkey, and how he dined with the Admiral and other yarns.

by John C. Hutcheson This is quite a short book, containing five short late Victorian stories.

The first of these concerns a monkey on board ship, which was dressed up as an officer, and as such introduced to a visiting Admiral, who invites all the officers to dinner, stressing that he hoped to entertain the one who didn't speak much.

The second story is an informative one about icebergs.

The third concerns a yachting cruise in the Aegean Sea, among the Greek Islands, in which they save the live of a Greek. There is an encounter with bandits, from which they are surprisingly released without further harm. Why would that be, I wonder.

The fourth concerns a "sighting of a sea serpent of extraordinary dimensions", by HMS Daedalus in 1848.

And the fifth is a story about the curious events at a cricket match. TOM FINCH'S MONKEY, AND HOW HE DINED WITH THE ADMIRAL AND OTHER YARNS.




We were cruising off Callao on the Pacific station when it all happened, and I daresay there are a good many others who will recollect all about it as well as myself... Continue reading book >>

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