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Hurricane Hurry   By: (1814-1880)

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Hurricane Hurry by William Henry Giles Kingston is a thrilling adventure novel that takes readers on a gripping voyage across the high seas. Set against the backdrop of a powerful hurricane, the story follows the brave and resourceful protagonist, Captain Hurricane Hurry, as he navigates the treacherous waters in search of treasure.

From the very first page, the author's vivid descriptions create a sense of urgency and danger. The portrayal of the hurricane is particularly stunning, with Kingston expertly capturing the raw power and destructive force of nature. The intensity of the storm serves as a metaphor for the challenges faced by Captain Hurricane and his crew, as they battle not only the elements but also dangerous rival pirates.

The character development in this book is superb. Captain Hurricane is a complex and multi-dimensional protagonist who exhibits both courage and vulnerability. His determination to protect his crew and reach their objective, even in the face of extreme danger, is inspiring. Kingston also introduces a cast of colorful supporting characters, each with their own motivations and conflicts, adding depth to the narrative.

The pacing of the story is exhilarating, with the tension steadily building as the hurricane approaches and the stakes rise. The author's skillful writing creates a sense of immediacy that keeps readers on the edge of their seats, eagerly flipping through the pages to find out what happens next. The action sequences are beautifully choreographed, conveying a sense of realism and adrenaline.

One of the aspects I enjoyed most about Hurricane Hurry is the attention to historical detail. Kingston's extensive knowledge of sailing and maritime life is evident throughout the book, adding authenticity and depth to the story. From the intricate descriptions of the ship to the nautical terminology, the author's love for the sea shines through, making the reading experience truly immersive.

Overall, Hurricane Hurry is a captivating and thrilling adventure novel that will appeal to readers of all ages. With its well-developed characters, stunning descriptions, and gripping storyline, it is a true page-turner. Kingston's passionate and expert storytelling transports readers to a world of storms, treasure, and high-stakes adventures on the high seas.

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Hurricane Hurry, by W.H.G. Kingston.

This rather long book is definitely an historical novel. In the edition used there are 470 pages, not above size for one of Kingston's books, but the text on the pages is tall and wide, while the font is small. All this builds up to 1.1 megabytes of text. In addition the inking was not always good, though the type in the corners of the page was not particularly damaged, as is common in Victorian printings. As a result producing this e text was rather difficult, and there may still remain some errors, though not, we hope, many.

The main action takes place in the years around 1780.

There are some rather strange aspects to the narration. For example, the hero's name is Hurry, except that on two occasions in Chapter 8 and one in Chapter 9, his name is mysteriously change to Poynder. Also in Chapter 9, the young Miss Carlyon is referred to as having gone to live with her aunt, Mrs Tarleton, on the death of her father. Yet the latter figures strongly in the later stages of the book, so we conclude that Kingston wrote the book with parts being pulled in from previous notes, but that he did not go back and re read the book with a critical eye.

However, those are but passing observations which it is necessary to make... Continue reading book >>

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