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The Boy who sailed with Blake   By: (1814-1880)

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The Boy who sailed with Blake by William Henry Giles Kingston is a thrilling adventure that takes readers on an exciting journey across the high seas. Set during the 17th century, the story follows the remarkable tale of Jack Rogers, a young boy who dreams of becoming a sailor.

From the very first page, Kingston captivates readers with his vivid descriptions and attention to detail. The story is rich in historical context, providing a fascinating glimpse into life during this time period. As readers join Jack on his journey, they are transported to a world filled with towering ships, treacherous storms, and daring adventures.

One of the standout features of this book is the depth of its characters. Jack Rogers is a relatable and likable protagonist, whose determination and courage inspire readers throughout the story. Kingston does an excellent job of portraying the inner struggles and growth of Jack as he faces numerous challenges at sea.

Moreover, the supporting characters add depth and complexity to the narrative. From the fierce Captain Blake, who becomes a mentor figure to Jack, to the loyal crew members who become his extended family, each character brings a unique perspective to the story. Their interactions and relationships provide heartwarming moments as well as intense conflicts, keeping readers engaged and invested in their fates.

The pacing of the book is expertly handled, keeping audiences on the edge of their seats throughout. The narrative seamlessly transitions between moments of high action, nail-biting suspense, and quieter introspection. Kingston's writing style is fluid and engaging, making it easy to get lost in the story and turning each page with anticipation.

Another commendable aspect of this book is the attention to historical accuracy. Kingston seamlessly weaves real events, such as battles and encounters with pirates, into the storyline, which adds a layer of authenticity to the overall narrative. The vivid descriptions of the naval battles and the dangers of life at sea make the reader feel as if they are right alongside Jack, experiencing the triumphs and perils firsthand.

Overall, The Boy who sailed with Blake is a captivating and entertaining read for both young and adult readers. William Henry Giles Kingston's vivid storytelling, well-developed characters, and historically accurate setting make for an immersive and enjoyable adventure on the high seas. Whether one is a fan of historical fiction or simply loves a thrilling tale of bravery and growth, this book is sure to captivate and leave a lasting impression.

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The Boy who sailed with Blake, by W.H.G. Kingston.

Another vintage Kingston book, this time with a background of the 1650s, when Cromwell and the Roundheads were in power.

With acknowledgement to Chamber's Biographical Dictionary we read:

Blake, Robert (1599 1657) English naval commander, the son of a merchant. Educated at Wadham College, Oxford, he continued his father's business and led the life of a quiet country gentleman until he was 40. Returned for Bridgwater in 1640 to the short Parliament, he cast in his lot with the Parliamentarians. In the Civil War he took part in the defence of Bristol (1643) and Lyme Regis (1644), and his defence of Taunton (1644 45) against overwhelming odds proved a turning point in the war. Appointed Admiral in 1649, he destroyed Prince Rupert's fleet and captured the Scilly Isles and Jersey. In the first Dutch War (1652 54) he defeated Tromp at the battle of Portland and shattered Dutch supremacy at sea. He destroyed the Barbary Coast pirate fleet off Tunis (1655) and in 1657 destroyed a Spanish treasure fleet at Santa Cruz off Teneriffe. He died as his ship entered Plymouth, and was buried in Westminster Abbey, but his body was removed at the Restoration. He is considered one of the greatest of English admirals, second only to Nelson... Continue reading book >>

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