When US Navy Commander Roger Johnson happened upon a 1919 Parliamentary transcript dealing with the near sinking of a British man-of-war called the King James, he at first gave it only passing thought-until he came across the words to a sailors' ballad entitled "Fifteen Men on a Dead Man's Chest," and a description of events that matched in every detail the novel Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. Dead Man's Chest is a classic pirate yarn that begins with Long John Silver's escape from the merchantman Hispaniola and culminates with the American Revolution more than a decade later. It describes the unholy alliance between this softhearted cutthroat, his nephew David Noble, and Captain John Paul Jones, as they work together to retrieve a king's ransom of Spanish gold and jewels from Dead Man's chest-the remainder of the treasure described in Stevenson's novel and the inspiration for the sailor's ballad of the same name.
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"Retired Commander Roger L. Johnson's DEAD MAN'S CHEST picks up where Robert Louis Stevenson's classic, TREASURE ISLAND, ends, and never looks back. With its more mature themes, the book is not a children's story, but adult readers will enjoy the entertaining plot twists, including the filling in of details in the lives of Captain John Paul Jones and the notorious pirate, Long John Silver. Roger Cosham demonstrates his narrative versatility with deft changes of tone and inflection, and pacing that keeps the lengthy book from becoming tedious. Fans of naval stories should love Johnson's book, which honors Stevenson's classic. D.J.S. (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine"
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