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The Island

3.30  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,306 Ratings  ·  73 Reviews
Blair Maynard, a divorced journalist in New York City, decides to write a story about the unexplained disappearance of yachts and other small boats in the Caribbean, hoping to debunk theories about the Bermuda Triangle. He has weekend custody of his preteen son Justin, and decides to mix a vacation with work, taking his son along. They fly from Miami to the Turks and Caico ...more
Published by Bantam (first published 1979)
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Adam Howe
Mar 28, 2016 Adam Howe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Benchley’s maritime thrillers haven’t dated well, so I was surprised how much I enjoyed this one. The premise is batshit crazy – a magazine reporter takes his young son to the Bahamas to investigate a spate of disappearing boats…only to be abducted by the descendents of 17th century pirates. Entertaining though it was, I couldn’t help wondering what a writer like Ketchum or King might’ve done with it. You might’ve seen the film adaptation? Michael Caine (as the reporter) raking down pirates with ...more
Don
Apr 28, 2014 Don rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
It's like the author just up and ended the book ... I mean like right in the middle of the action just wraps up, and I use the term wraps up very loosely here, the book in one page answering none of the questions or finishing any of the story lines.
Doctor Edward Diesel
Enjoyable romp. This is pretty much a sea-going version of what in the film world is known as a "backwoods brutality" story. Instead of inbred hillbilly cannibals it features pirates tormenting the representatives of civilized society.
Mike
Jan 17, 2009 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
MUCH better than Jaws, but still filled with high-school fantasy sex scenes. The sexuality is much easier to *ahem* swallow in this novel, as it fits a little bit better with the concept as a whole. Pirates, baby, who are still living as if it was the 18th century, marauding away until they finally bite off more than their toothless maws can chew.

Skip Jaws for the movie, but definitely read this one.
Gale Bailey
Sep 10, 2010 Gale Bailey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Terrible! Until this book, I had always enjoyed Benchley, but not this one!! Too much needless violence, and the ending leaves you hanging! Unless you like books about buccanneers, I cannot reccomend this book.
Samantha Greenya
5 solely as a thriller, 1 as a story told.
While Benchley's ability to capture the reader's attention and keep him thirsting, wondering what will come next, his story-telling abilities are lacking. It seems as if the book's only purpose is to provide ephemeral entertainment, not to tell an actual story.
The reader is more interested in supporting characters (such as Whitey and Windsor) than the flat, uninteresting excuses for main characters. The central problem of the story is delved into way too
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Kara Jorges
Maynard is a frustrated journalist who gave up on writing anything important and settled into his life as a magazine writer, churning out assignments but enjoying some freelance work. One day, he stumbles across an amazing statistic: boats are disappearing in the Caicos Islands area of the Caribbean at a steady rate in numbers too high not to beg for an explanation. His editor, though not as excited about it as Maynard, gives him enough encouragement for Maynard to impulsively take a trip, dragg ...more
Stephen
Nov 24, 2010 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this crazy little half-forgotten book by Benchley. Modern day pirates descended from the originals, still clinging to their strange ideals of testing strength through battle at a moments notice. Reminded me of a biker gang.

These scurvy sailors hide in the dark corners of paradise where tourists do not trek (exactly where that would be today, I have no idea), and occasionally these sea dogs steal a little ship, kill the adult occupants, plunder its booty, and keep the kids to replenish t
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David Merrill
I have to admit, I enjoyed this book a lot more than I expected to. I was pretty much in the mood for something like this when I picked it up, a fast moving thriller. I was expecting to give it 4 stars through most of it, but as I got to the end, it fell off the rails. this book was in desperate need of a different ending. There will be spoilers past this point in my review, in case you want to stop here. I think it was at the point where Manuel "helps" Maynard and Justin "escape" things become ...more
Mark R.
Jun 24, 2014 Mark R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
****1/2

I read this back-to-back with Peter Benchley's "The Deep" while on a recent beach vacation. A person could do a lot worse than Benchley, as far as beach reads go.

"The Island" is just as vicious and exciting as I remembered from my first experience with it as a kid. The basic plot remained in my head (helped by the boring but mostly "faithful" film adaptation), along with a few moments that affected me as a child--notably the use of urine to counteract jellyfish wounds; the casual killing
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Lew Wagerly
Nov 10, 2015 Lew Wagerly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Part lord of the flies, part pirates of the Caribbean written by the genius behind jaws. I wont say much more than that. Theres also a movie i guess but i myself hAve not seen it, could be good since while reading this i kept thinking to myself how well this would translate into film.
رباب كساب
رواية جيدة شيقة في مجملها وبما تحتويه من عالم القرصنة والبحر لكن الترجمة السيئة أفسدتها لدرجة كبيرة جدا كما فعلت الأخطاء المطبعية والاملائية
S.W. Gordon
Not a terrible little book; not the best thing ever written. It's a quick read, flush with action but oh so "Hollywood." I agree with other reviewers that the book lacks a proper denouement and ends too abruptly. What does the protagonist do with his pirate concubine who is pregnant with his child? Does he help her integrate into society, share child custody or drop her like yesterday's trash? What impact does this experience have on his son? Kid's are pretty malleable but that kind of experienc ...more
Barron Leland
May 02, 2016 Barron Leland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this book seemed outrageously unlikely in a few spots it nevertheless was a rollicking good concept and tale. I give this book an additional star (from 3 to 4) because I like the dust jacket art work that the hard cover first edition has. This book was released in 1979 so, it is also a nice trip back in time for me, having grown up in the 70's. I may read this book again in the future, as I am a big Benchley fan.
Lesley
Feb 25, 2012 Lesley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peter Benchley has a great deal of knowledge about the high seas and the dangers that sailors encounter. He weaves this knowledge seamlessly into this story of a young boy and his father as they go on an adventure to find out why more than 600 ships had disappeared over the past year (an actual fact that had lead him to the idea of this book). I felt I learned a few things from this book and I was entertained along the way. I'd say that's a pretty good deal and would recommend this book. It's al ...more
Gossymotto
Oct 19, 2009 Gossymotto rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
Peter Benchley has a great deal of knowledge about the high seas and the dangers that sailors encounter. He weaves this knowledge seamlessly into this story of a young boy and his father as they go on an adventure to find out why more than 600 ships had disappeared over the past year (an actual fact that had lead him to the idea of this book). I felt I learned a few things from this book and I was entertained along the way. I'd say that's a pretty good deal and would recommend this book. It's al ...more
Jasmine McAlpine
Dec 13, 2012 Jasmine McAlpine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pulp-fiction
The island itself is a symbol of a primal world frozen in time. It exists before the fishing boat that opens the story. From the moment the violent man appears at sea, terror rules in the background. Presently, a social dialog develops from which the vulnerability of people and relationships becomes the foreground. The narrative is an unusual but engaging description of events that gets interrupted by brutality. The description is essentially one long transition to show the boredom of everyday ...more
Zeyad Zarzour
اختفاء مجموعة كبية من السفن في المحيط بجانب مثلث برمودا.. يسعى لاستكشاف هذا الحدث صحفي أمريكي مصطحبا ابنه معه.. مغامرة شيقة يأخذنا فيها بيتر إلى أعماق البحار ليحكي لنا أسطورة قديمة عن قراصنة الكاريبي.. فماذا ستكون النهاية.؟؟
A.X. Rhodes
Mar 28, 2016 A.X. Rhodes rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I tried to read this as a teen, but this book made me wish a great white shark would sprout legs and eat everyone on this island in about five pages. "A swing and a miss."
John
Apr 22, 2015 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this book back in the day. Interesting story of old time pirates living in modern 80's times. Skip the silly Michael Cain movie version. Book was better :p
Noellasue
Apr 28, 2014 Noellasue rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The story seemed outlandish and unrealistic for the time period - 1970s or 1980s. Lots of violence with a very weak ending that did not tie up loose ends.
Jo
Dec 21, 2014 Jo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The first half drags, filled with uninteresting comments. The second has moments that are quite interesting, but the ending is in part confusing and mostly just boring. Justin, the son, is a character that I continue to not understand, and I'm honestly not interested.
Mohamed
قليل من الوقت من اجل متعة المغامرة لا تضر فى شئ :D
Antonella
Letto in edizione Mondolibri in italiano L'ISOLA
David Ward
The Island by Peter Benchley (Doubleday and Co. 1971) (Fiction - Mystery). This is a tale about the Bermuda Triangle. A journalist is preparing to write about the disappearance of small watercraft in the Caribbean and planning to debunk the Bermuda Triangle angle. When he heads to the heart of the Caribbean, he finds the cause of the disappearances: a group of pirates, undiscovered since the 1600's, is still freebooting in the Triangle. True, it's a silly premise, but...it's a silly premise. My ...more
Mark A.
The book was entertaining enough to hold my interest, but it was not exactly a piece of great American literature. The characters werent fully developed, the ending was abrupt, and there were a few holes in the plot. However, like most Benchley books, i found it to be a fun read that was enjoyable. I give it three stars.
رفعت خالد
بداية القصة كانت متوسطة إلى مملة نوعا ما.. لكن الأحداث بدأت تتوالد وصار التشويق في تصاعد إلى أن بلغ الذروة، لتأتي النهاية قوية، على عكس أكثر القصص التي أجد نهاياتها دائما مخيبة لآمالي..
وبرأيي لم يصل (بيتر بنشلي)إلى هذه الاحترافية في حبك القصص وصناعةالتشويق إلا بعد قراءات مطولة في هذا اللون من الأدب بالذات.. أدب البحار وحكايات القراصنة. وكالعادة حوّل المخرجون هذه القصة الشهيرة إلى عمل سينمائي يحمل نفس الإسم..
يبدو أني سأقرؤ قصة أخرى لبنشلي هذا..
Alex Spradlin
Nov 23, 2015 Alex Spradlin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first Peter Benchley book and I thought it was bad story telling. I couldnt finish it. Maybe his other ones are better?
Christian
Nov 07, 2014 Christian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Compared to the extremely well written jaws or the the deep, Benchley's "the island" lacks any capability to capture me. I found myself after 50% of the book to only skip over he pages, to see if the action in the book would become interesting again.
Jeff Herman
This was a pretty good book and the author put some work into researching the topic which was the life of a group of pirates living on an island in the tropics. There is plenty of adventure and suspense as a father and his son try to escape the capture of the brutal inhabitants of this island. Benchley is the author of Jaws so he has a talent for writing about the ocean that is for sure.
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Peter Bradford Benchley was an American author best known for writing the novel Jaws and co-writing the screenplay for its highly successful film adaptation. The success of the book led to many publishers commissioning books about mutant rats, rabid dogs and the like threatening communities. The subsequent film directed by Steven Spielberg and co-written by Benchley is generally acknowledged as th ...more
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“Ninguna pelea tiene sentido, Justin. Si uno se ve abocado a una pelea, lo mejor que puede hacer es concluirla. Lo del "juego limpio" es asunto del contrario.” 0 likes
“Cuando don Marinero Bisoño sale de Miami rumbo a las Bahamas, a lo mejor con un atlas como carta de navegación -y le aseguro que algunos de esos idiotas lo hacen-, se convierte en un accidente en busca de un lugar donde ocurrir.” 0 likes
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