Be the first to write a review About this product. About this product Product Information Some treasures cannot be stolen, only lost. And if lost, may be impossible to recover. Journey to an island paradise, the heavenly city of Casilda, and the hideous pit called Marheon and observe the creatures that dwell there and in between. Explore the struggle of good against evil, with humanity caught in the middle, and know that some unseen forces desire the destruction of humans, while others strive for their salvation. Reviewers' comments: "A Good Read! Additional Product Features Publication Year.
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Be the first to write a review. To me, a story is told most effectively if centered around the experiences of one significant character who is clearly shown as the protagonist - exceptions to this general rule include romance novels, which usually involve two protagonis I was one of the readers fortunate enough to receive an advance copy of this book for review.
To me, a story is told most effectively if centered around the experiences of one significant character who is clearly shown as the protagonist - exceptions to this general rule include romance novels, which usually involve two protagonists with the plot centered around how they fall in love.
This story starts from the very beginning with at least eight different "main" characters, and it's only clear after a significant passage of narrative who the "protagonist" is supposed to be.
Just keeping track of all their names which for many of them were the only distinguishing traits , becomes an issue. As a result, I often found myself struggling to make sense of the plot.
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The narrative itself tends to be overly expository, and could be more tightly structured. The book is filled with multiple events and scenes that seem overly descriptive without doing very much to move the story forward. Some elements of the story itself gave me pause. As this is an explicitly Christian allegory, I'm not sure how I felt about how "humanized" the angel characters were.
Even the Jehovah-figure, King Iman, is shown in at least one place as experiencing very human doubts: "It is not yet their time to possess what the Renfrew will bestow upon them. Yet they are close to taking hold of it.
If they should fail, what assistance could I offer them? If Kavan succeeds in making them slaves, what price could I pay to free them? Would it be possible to restore what would be lost? To me, that's a bit of shaky ground given how God's thoughts would be above any human being's in the real world. I would have preferred the author approach this in a bit of a different fashion - perhaps presenting as a description that is not strict reality but rather a comprehensible picture given to a human audience.
With those criticisms stated, I did find myself drawn into the story. The portrayal of life in the Isle before the Curse, for example, was genuinely thought-provoking. At times, it felt like I was walking through a world such as that portrayed in the Legends of Zelda series, filled with games, adventures, and wondrous secrets. We often think of life in the Garden of Eden and in Heaven as being something fundamentally beyond our comprehension.
Virtually all biblical descriptions of Paradise portray it as a very real, tangible, and even physical place. Ultimately, the story, though it became very slow at times, was a compelling one. The reader is given time to fall in love with this place and feels a genuine sense of loss when it is gone and replaced with a corrupted world far closer to the one we know. The climax at the very end also provides a satisfying resolution.
Dec 13, Brianna Soloski rated it liked it Shelves: male. When I first started reading, I almost quit a few times because it started out kind of boring and slow.
I like to be sucked into a book pretty quickly, otherwise I give up. There are too many good books out there to waste time on the boring stuff. However, I decided to stick with it, just to see what happened and it sort of came through at the end. The story starts out with three old friends on an island, preparing for the annual island games. The friends are discussing the dreams, or visions, they have about the island.
As it turns out, these are not just ordinary dreams and one of the main characters, Justin, will eventually be used to bring these dreams to fruition. He started off strong with his description of the island, making it sound like an idyllic and wonderful place to be. On the flip side, he falls flat with some of his character descriptions.
I found the members of the Island Council to be very selfish and two-dimensional. They should have been willing to listen to the islanders rather than acting like they are the be all, end all of island life. Everyone seemed really selfish and annoying, especially Idris, who became the Overlord after the island disappeared and the people were split. He was really the best character in the book, even though he was an awful person.
The entire time I was reading, I kept thinking this book would translate really well into a video game, pitting good against evil. But fighting the battles and creating the worlds the islanders come to live in would be pretty awesome! At about pages in, things were starting to drag.
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I would have liked to see Davis wrap it up at about pages or so. He then returned to the area around Cape Verde off the coast of West Africa, capturing a flotilla of 20 small ships and a Dutch war sloop off the island of Santiago.
It was that ship he renamed the Fiery Dragon. Captain William Kidd was born in in Greenock, Scotland, and executed for piracy on May 23, He is believed to have turned to piracy four years before his death, having previously been an established sea captain and ship owner involved in tackling the problem. In August , he unsuccessfully attacked ships sailing from the Yemen with coffee but took several small ships.
Capt Kidd's refusal to attack a Dutch ship later that year almost resulted in a mutiny and he left his gunner, William Moore, with fatal injuries, resulting in his later murder charge. He was sent for trial after later sailing to New York City to try to persuade the then colonial governor, the Earl of Bellomont, of his innocence of piracy. He was sentenced to hang in , his decaying body dipped in tar then strung up in chains.
It was left to rot in public view beside the River Thames to deter other would-be pirates. It's rewriting the history of the Indian Ocean,' Mr Clifford explained. Then there was the fearsome Cornish pirate Robert Culliford, who was tracked down by Kidd on Ile Sainte Marie while the Scot was still hunting pirates. While plotting to capture Culliford's ship most of Kidd's crew, who had grown angry with their captain, abandoned him signed on with Culliford.
Culliford and his new crew then set off in late June, leaving Kidd and his ransacked ship behind. It is thought to be booty from Capt Kidd's ship - which was always assumed to be empty. Mr Clifford from Cape Cod in Massachusetts revealed to MailOnline how he believes they have found just one piece of possibly two tonnes of silver and an undetermined amount of gold. Said to resemble a mildly pregnant woman lying down, the slender 35 mile-long Ile Sainte Marie, also known as Nosy Boraha, lies five miles off the mainland of Madagascar. Island exploration: Mr Clifford, together with his son Brandon, as discovered an incredible 13 shipwrecks on Ile Sainte Marie, many just yards from one another.
Barry Clifford and his team at the presentation of the treasure to Madagascar's president and UK and US diplomats at a ceremony on the island. It was believed the infamous pirate buried his stash somewhere on his travels and tried to barter his knowledge of its location in return for his life after being arrested for piracy and murder. His plan failed and he was sentenced to hang in , his decaying body dipped in tar then strung up in chains and left to rot in public view beside the River Thames to deter other would-be pirates.
The buccaneer operated across the world, from the Atlantic to the Far East, as well as in the Indian Ocean and searches for his treasure have been carried out in locations ranging from the East Coast of America and the Caribbean to the South China Sea. Now Mr Clifford believes he has uncovered the truth.
He is certain Capt Kidd sold his stolen goods in India before sailing to Ile Sainte Marie where his crew of men turned against him.
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He had buried the silver and gold under large rocks at the bottom of the vessel - now sinking because his men were not pumping out water - and steered it onto a steep sand bank, known as a careening spot. Capt Kidd was unable to retrieve his booty without the help of his crew and the infamous Adventure Galley - a huge boat built in London - sank together with the treasure. While filming a documentary about the Firey Dragon a little more than a month ago, Mr Clifford took a trip over to Capt Kidd's ship.
The island is now a tourist destination for travellers looking for an adventure as well as those wanting paradise. The island in the Indian Ocean, also known as Nosy Boraha, was home to the pirates less than years ago. I went back a few hours later when the mud had settled down and I could see it was a large silver bar with writing on it. When the bar hit me it all flashed in front of me and I thought "Oh my god we have solved the year-old mystery of Capt Kidd's lost treasure".
He added: 'When we go and we see what we bring up the world is going to breathe a big breath. I feel like a year-old kid. There is nothing like this in the world. We want to get back as soon as possible.
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