Saturday 25 February 2012

Review: Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists - Gideon Defoe

It is 1837, and for the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain and his rag-tag pirate crew, life on the high seas has become a little dull.  With nothing to do but twiddle their hooks and lounge aimlessly on tropical beaches, the Captain decides it's time they had an adventure.

A surprisingly successful boat raid leads them to the young Charles Darwin, in desperate need of their help.  And so the pirates set forth for London in a bid to save the scientist from the evil machinations of a diabolical Bishop.  There they encounter grisly murder, vanishing ladies, the Elephant Man - and have an exciting trip to the zoo.

The Pirates Series:
Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists
Pirates! In an Adventure with Moby Dick
Pirates! In an Adventure with Communists
Pirates! In an Adventure with Napoleon
Pirates! In an Adventure with the Romantics (September 2012)

Visit Gideon Defoe's website for more information.  You can find out more about the Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists movie here.

I don't really know where to start writing a review for Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists. When I was sent a review copy I have to admit that the cover didn't really catch my attention, in fact I doubt I'd have picked it up if I hadn't realised that the book is the inspiration for the new Aardman animation.  As soon as I saw the movie trailer I knew that I had to read the book and I'm really glad that I did.

What other book are you going to find that includes pirates, Charles Darwin, the elephant man, a man-panzee and a dodgy Bishop?  The Pirate Captain and his loyal crew are getting a bit bored of sitting around enjoying their spoils and are looking for a new adventure.  They get a little more than they bargained for when they raid a boat full of scientists and end up agreeing to help Charles Darwin.  In an adventure that takes them from the Galapagos Islands to the heart of London they must try to foil the plans of the devious Bishop and if they're lucky figure out who is behind the spate of murders before one of their own becomes the latest victim.

Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists is a completely crazy but laugh out loud funny read.  You'll have no hope of figuring out where the plot will take you next as it wanders off in completely unexpected directions.  Amusing, fun and light hearted this book doesn't take itself seriously and at under 200 pages can easily be read in a couple of hours.  I'm looking forward to my next adventure with the Pirate Captain and his crew!

In case you haven't already seen it here is the trailer for the Pirates! In an adventure with Scientists animation which hits cinemas in the UK on the 23rd of March.  I know it's one I want to go and see!

Source: Received from Bloomsbury in exchange for an honest review

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1 comment:

  1. i ended up enjoying this more than i thought. yeah, didn't love the cover either :P good to know you liked it too! :)



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