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The Coral Island - A Tale of the Pacific Ocean

The Coral Island - A Tale of the Pacific Ocean by Robert Michael Ballantyne
By: (1825-1894)

Ralph Rover is a traveler at heart, and has always dreamed of shipping out to the South Seas islands. He finally convinces his aging parents to let him go and find his way in the world. But the islands that Ralph finds are not as idyllic as in his dreams. Shipwrecked on a large, uninhabited island, Ralph and his fellow survivors, Jim and Peterkin, discover a world of hostile natives and villainous pirates. Danger, high adventure, and wonders of the sea greet them at every turn. When all seems lost, they find help from an unexpected source.

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THE CORAL ISLAND, BY R.M. BALLANTYNE.

CHAPTER ONE.

BEGINNING MY EARLY LIFE AND CHARACTER I THIRST FOR ADVENTURE IN FOREIGN LANDS, AND GO TO SEA.

Roving has always been, and still is, my ruling passion, the joy of my heart, the very sunshine of my existence. In childhood, in boyhood, and in man's estate I have been a rover; not a mere rambler among the woody glens and upon the hill tops of my own native land, but an enthusiastic rover throughout the length and breadth of the wide, wide world.

It was a wild, black night of howling storm, the night on which I was born on the foaming bosom of the broad Atlantic Ocean. My father was a sea captain; my grandfather was a sea captain; my great grandfather had been a marine. Nobody could tell positively what occupation his father had followed; but my dear mother used to assert that he had been a midshipman, whose grandfather, on the mother's side, had been an admiral in the Royal Navy. At any rate, we knew that as far back as our family could be traced, it had been intimately connected with the great watery waste... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 1 review)

July 29, 2015
even though this ballantyne wrights youth books,I found this a very good story.well read and interesting,a good adventure


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