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Saturday, October 17, 2015
Under the Black Ensign by L. Ron Hubbard
If you’re a fan of swashbuckling adventures and pirates on the high seas UNDER THE BLACK ENSIGN is the perfect story for you.
The audio version of the book by L. Ron Hubbard features a multicast performance that brings the story to life. There’s also music and sound effects to enhance the adventure. Narrators Marisol Nichols, R.E. Daley, Jim Meskimen, Phil Proctor, Thomas Silcott, and Michael Yurchak do an excellent job portraying the various characters.
First mate Tom Bristol finds himself press-ganged into service aboard the British HMS Terror. An accident soon has Tom facing 200 lashes but is saved at the last minute when a pirate ship overtakes them.
Tom decides his best hope is to join the pirates. Another bad misfortune has Tom marooned on an island when he’s accused of killing a mutinous pirate and harboring a woman on board. With the help of the woman, Tom devises a plan that returns him to the sea where he has plans for those who have wronged him.
This two-hour audio packs a lot of adventure and suspense in a short period of time. The pace is quick in this action-packed tale. Life on the high seas during the 1680s comes to life through the author’s vivid descriptions.
Readers of the book will find numerous black and white illustrations throughout depicting various scenes. A glossary is also included to help readers better understand the speech of the time.
Under the Black Ensign: A Pirate Adventure of Loot, Love and War on the Open Seas by L. Ron Hubbard, Historical Fiction Short Stories Collection, Narrated by a multicast performance, Galaxy Audio, @2008, ISBN: 978-1592123339, Unabridged, 2 Discs, Run Time: 2 Hours
Also available in Paperback, Galaxy Press, @2008, ISBN: 978-1592123391, 121 Pages
FTC Full Disclosure – A print and audio copy of this book were sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. Do are you familiar with pulp fiction (not the movie)? Do you like to read books that transform you to another era just by their looks and/or sounds?
I want to share the following with you that appears on Amazon about this book. I found it interesting and hope you do too.
“In his early twenties, Hubbard led the two-and-a-half-month, five-thousand-mile Caribbean Motion Picture Expedition. He followed that with the West Indies Mineralogical Expedition near San Juan, Puerto Rico, in which he completed the island’s first mineralogical survey as an American territory. It was during these two journeys that Hubbard became an expert on the Caribbean’s colorful history—an expertise he drew on to write stories like Under the Black Ensign.”
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