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It’s 1940 and the Nazis are invading Nick’s beloved home, the British Channel Islands. So Nick takes to the skies: He has discovered an old World War I fighter plane in an abandoned barn. Determined to learn to fly, he is soon risking life and limb to photograph armed German minelayers and patrol boats, and executing incredibly perilous bombing raids over Nazi airfields by night.
Meanwhile, the evil pirate, Captain Billy Blood, still desperate to acquire Nick’s time machine, returns to Greybeard Island. He kidnaps Nick’s sister, Kate, and transports her back to Port Royal, Jamaica, in the year 1781, leaving Nick a message that if he wants to see her alive again, he must come to Jamaica and make an even swap: Kate’s life in exchange for Nick’s wondrous time machine—that’s Blood’s bargain.
Having traveled back in time, Nick discovers a plot that might change the outcome of the American Revolution. Disguised as an 18th-century cabin boy, he travels to the Caribbean and confronts his old enemy, who has assembled the world’s largest pirate armada.
From the battlefields of the New World to the brutal German occupation of English soil in World War II, The Time Pirate has Nick McIver fighting once again to defend his country, with the outcome of two wars resting on his young shoulders.
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By Snoodely on 03-16-15
For Boys … or Maybe Not …
Ted Bell and his publishers categorize “Time Pirate” as a children’s — or “Young Adult” — book, probably because it has a twelve-year-old protagonist and no sex scenes. I (decidedly not a child or Young Adult) enjoyed both “Time Pirate” and its prequel, “Nick of Time,” very much; however, I do not know whether I would actually recommend this series for youngsters. Nonetheless, I can help you decide, if you are considering purchasing this audiobook for your child. First: if it would discomfit you to have your child ask you the meaning of words like “wench,” and “octaroon,” or phrases like “waterfront dives, brothels, and rum dens,” then perhaps you should withhold the Nick McIver series from your child for the nonce … and listen to it yourself! Second: I do not think that little girls will enjoy the Nick McIver series as much as little boys. (Don’t little boys still like stories about combat and weapons and battles better than little girls? Or am I engaging in outmoded sexist stereotyping?) On the other hand, both “Nick of Time” and “Time Pirate” will teach children of both sexes a lot about history in a fun way. (I sure learned a lot from listening to these two audiobooks!) Ted Bell is a keen history aficionado, specializing in military history. In the Nick McIver series — set, initially, at the beginning of WWII, but then moving back in time — we get to meet Admiral Lord Nelson; Winston Churchill; George and Martha Washington; and (wait for it …) Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, aka: Le Marquis de La Fayette — a French aristocrat who helped Washington win the American Revolutionary War, and who now has almost as many places in the U.S. named after him as does Washington, himself. (Hey, I never knew all that stuff. This is exactly — and exclusively — the way that I want to learn history!)
Whether you are considering purchasing “Time Pirate” for yourself or for your child, I would suggest listening to its prequel, “Nick of Time,” first; since “Time Pirate” continues the story and character development begun in “Nick of Time.” Both audiobooks offer us delightful, fun, highly fanciful-but-entertaining plots, with an excellent narrator.
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By mike on 01-30-12
a fun ride
If you could sum up Time Pirate in three words, what would they be?
amazing feats for an eleven year old
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
it left me with a smile and ready for the next one
Which character – as performed by John Shea – was your favorite?
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I laughed out loud more than once
Any additional comments?
This is aimed at teenagers but I've really enjoyed this and the first Nick McIver story as audiobooks to accompany lots of driving and walking. Sometimes a little farfetched but it's in keeping with the Hawke series just a little younger, good entertainment at any age. Excellent narration by John Shea, nice to keep him for 2 books so far to keep all of the characters consistent. I look forward to the next installment.
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