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The Coming Storm (Pirates of the Caribbean: Jack Sparrow #1)

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,095 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
This swaggering, stand-alone addition to the Pirates of the Caribbean series recounts the story of Jack Sparrow, a teenage stowaway on an adult mission. Jack has assembled a motley crew of adventurers to locate and seize the legendary Sword of Corts. This scenario sounds feasible until the treasure hunters run into heavy storms and bloodthirsty pirates. ...more
Paperback, 135 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Disney Press (first published 2006)
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Kimberly Hirsh
Feb 04, 2009 Kimberly Hirsh rated it liked it
The Coming Storm is a quick read, and fun. As a self-appointed Captain Jack Sparrow expert and enthusiast, I'm rather picky about folks getting him right. Rob Kidd does an admirable job here, capturing Captain Jack's voice and mannerisms so well that I actually pictured a 21 Jump Street-era Johnny Depp acting them out. The book is very clearly part of a series, and while it could stand alone, there's no reason you'd want it to. It has its own arc and ties in with a larger storyline as well. The ...more
I am SO MAD that I was too old to enjoy this book when I read it. Or maybe I wouldn't have liked the female protagonist anyway. Who knows. I know adults who enjoyed these though. I'll probably end up reading this again later when I'm feeling nostalgic.
Sheila Crosby
Aug 05, 2009 Sheila Crosby rated it liked it
Full of adventure but the verbiage would be difficult for early readers.
Feb 28, 2010 Rebecca rated it really liked it
This is the first book in a new series for young readers about the teenage years of Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean, when he first became a pirate and went off in search of treasure.

Teenage Arabella lives a dreary life in Tortuga. Her mother was kidnapped by pirates, her father is always drinking, and she spends her days working in her father's tavern. The only bright spot in serving drinks to the pirates is that she can listen to their stories of adventure and treasure hunting. One
Nov 30, 2011 1EnRuQuE3684 rated it it was amazing
This book is basically about when Captain Jack Sparrow was a young reckless teenager. It starts off with him going into the craziest bar for pirates ever: Tortuga. He was looking for his stolen satchel, and he thinks he finds it with one of the most dangerous pirates ever, Captain Torrents. Unfortunatley, Jack didn't know about the notorius pirate, and Torrents caught him stealing. Jack makes a narrow escape as he loses Torrents in a giant brawl. Arabella, the barmaid, pulls him out of the figh ...more
Jul 16, 2014 Andrea rated it liked it
Shelves: humor, children-s
This swashbuckling little tale is a humorous, fun read logging teenage Jack Sparrow's first adventure as a captain of an abandoned fishing-vessel The Barnacle and a crew of rambunctious characters such as Arabella the fiery Irish barmaid, "Fitzy" a wealthy nobleman runaway, Tumen a foreign-tongued native, Jean a thirteen year old merchant sailor and Constance who is apparently Jean's sister cursed into the form of a mangy cat.

"The Coming Storm" reads like a delightful fanfiction targeted at you
May 08, 2015 Lanie rated it liked it
3.5 stars. For a mass market Disney book designed to milk the pirates of the Caribbean franchise for all its worth, this was really fun. I love jack sparrow -sorry, captain jack sparrow :)- and I think the author did a good job getting his personality right. The writings good and the plot and characters motivations are pretty straight forward. They want the sword for its magic powers, so they can use it to set up they're owe little kingdom and keep it away from "evil" pirates who want to use it ...more
Milly Paris
I happened across this book at work and had a mini freak out because I remember LOVING this book as a kid. I had completely forgotten it existed. So I decided to buy it and see if I enjoyed it as much as before. Sadly, it didn't hold up. It's probably a 6-9 year old book and super short, and I just don't enjoy that sort of thing now. It's a simplistic, fast adventure story that I'd probably recommend for a young kid but for me, it had nothing I wanted. Also, the "strong female character" reeked ...more
Sep 15, 2014 Jessica rated it it was amazing
I read this entire series when I was a preteen or young teenager. I LOVED each and every one of these and I waited impatiently for each new installment.
Being an avid Disney fan and the POTC ride in Disney World is my favorite, and the POTC movies were among my most-watched movies, I could not contain myself when my dad found these for me in the book store.
Although I have not read them in years, I remember them fondly and I strongly recommend them to anyone who likes pirates, tie-in novels, or
Venod Ram
Feb 25, 2016 Venod Ram rated it really liked it
Very neat book. I watched and fell in love with the movies and since I had to wait a bit for the next installment, I decided to give the books a chance. So far I'm not disappointed by Jack. This first book gives an idea of who he is, what he ultimately wants and the lengths to which he'll go to obtain it. However the book failed to tell me where he came from and why he wanted to be a pirate. This subject is also mostly avoided in the movies.

All in all a good read before bed. Only 50 pages so kin
Jessica B
May 19, 2010 Jessica B rated it liked it
The way they tie in Jacks life with the movies is really cool! Apparently he has always has an affinity for fancy hats...
Feb 02, 2009 Cool rated it it was amazing
(dew) If u love the Pirate Of The Caribbean movies u will love this book. It is adventurous and fun to read! :)
Mar 15, 2009 Lorna rated it really liked it
I liked it it was pretty funny short but good want to buy the rest of them so I can finish the story.
Jan 12, 2009 Josh rated it really liked it
this book is the start of a long series and describes jacks life and the start of his adventure.
Sep 18, 2008 Whitney rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes the Pirates of the Caribbean!
Recommended to Whitney by: Myself
This book is so cool! I love it! I still need to read the last book, but I can't find it!
Jun 30, 2008 Lydia rated it it was amazing
We've read all thes in the series as they've been released. Good stories. Not dumbed down.
Feb 24, 2016 Maddy rated it really liked it
Shelves: child-hood
I highly recommend this book (along with the rest of its series) for younger readers. Not only is it short and to the point, but it also features the one and only Captain Jack Sparrow! I went to Disney World where they had a set of the first couple of books in the series for sale. I immediately bought it since I'm both a sucker for the film franchise and origin stories. I was not disappointed in the slightest. I'm not sure how older readers will feel about it, but its definitely a good pick for ...more
Nov 02, 2008 Anabelle rated it it was amazing
This book was ASOME!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rachel (Sfogs)
Apr 19, 2011 Rachel (Sfogs) rated it really liked it
Shelves: bookcrossing
A very fast good read.
i loved this cunning action.
Feb 11, 2010 Noble rated it liked it
intresting book.
After reading The Price of Freedom, I was a bit uneasy about venturing further into Pirates canon literature.

But then I read this. It's no piece of literary genius, but it is fun, quick and exciting, just like the movies. The character of Jack Sparrow is much better translated into this piece of childrens literature than in the Price of Freedom, and despite it being oh so openly a children's book, I found it surprisingly enjoyable.

As with the majority of children stories, it isn't something you
Aug 05, 2008 Charity rated it it was amazing
way fun
Cyndy Aleo
May 20, 2011 Cyndy Aleo rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Knowing that I was in for a struggle trying to keep my five-year-old, Buster, interested in being read to for 20 minutes a day this summer, we headed off to get him a few books that might hold his attention. I was pleased to see that a newish line of books about a teenage Jack Sparrow were available, so I got him the first in the series: Jack Sparrow: The Coming Storm by Rob Kidd.

::: Becoming a Captain :::

Jack Sparrow: The Coming Storm introduces us to Jack before he's the drunk pirate we know f
Sep 26, 2010 Mrs. added it
Pirates of the Caribbean” was very interesting because it tells about a lot of fun things and it tells about pirates and how there life might be in the sea or any where you might want to know about and can proudly answer you some questions you might have about pirates.
These are a couple of things you should know about “PIRATES OF CARIBBEAN” JACK SPARROW . First this book is good for everybody including little people to read books of course ROB KIDD wrights books but of course none of th
Asya Fergiani
Nov 08, 2011 Asya Fergiani rated it liked it
This is the first book in a lengthy series of adolescent adventure novels about the youth of the infamous Captain Jack Sparrow of the Pirates of the Caribbean Movie montage. The author writes with his young want-to-be swashbucklers in mind as he uses this book to introduce Jack and his crew of desperadoes that are fleeing their own complicated childhoods.

Rob Kidd skillfully uses a hook at the end of each chapter to draw his young audience into the next chapter to whet their desire to read on. “A
Ja'lon Payne
Mar 04, 2015 Ja'lon Payne rated it did not like it
The author of this book is rob kidd, I didn't enjoy the book that much because, its and action but theres not that much action to enjoy with, the main character i likes was jack sparrow and arabella, is goal was going on his first mission and doing it in a adventures way, and i would not recommend this book for anyone the story did not have a interest because nothing seemed real about this story, and the charcters were not believe able, and i would put this story with friends.
Jonny Graf
I loved everything about how Jack Sparrows life with his friends probably led to his future in being a pirate. He showed more courage in his friends on this huge journey to find Stone-Eyed Sam's Island just for the Sword of Cortes that was suppose to be in Sam's left hand. All that was left of him was his bones and all except his whole left arm was missing. I like how the story line comes all they way through everythingand the challenges.
Oh Jack, lol. He taught Benjamin Franklin all he knew don't cha know?

The Coming Storm can't even begin to capture the humour of Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow and I don't expect Disney could justify the millions it would take to convince him to actually write the books...

But even so, this is a decent compromise. A mildly entertaining middle grade read. I wouldn't say rush out to buy it, but it's worth a look if you happen across it.
Jan 25, 2016 Chuck rated it really liked it
My 8 year old said "Daddy you have to read this" and I'm glad I did. The first book in the adventures of a young Jack Sparrow, leads him on an adventure to find the Sword of Cortez. This is a four part series that begins with the assembling of the "crew" and the confiscating of a ship. It is a good childrens adventure as my daughter is really in to pirates. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
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Tui T. Sutherland, who sometimes writes under the pen name Rob Kidd, is a children's book author who has also written under the pen name Heather Williams. She shares another pen name, Erin Hunter, with writers Kate Cary and Cherith Baldry when they collaborate with editor Victoria Holmes on the Seekers and Warriors series of novels.In 2009, she appeared as a contestant on Jeopardy!, becoming a two ...more
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“Mr. Sparrow, you will accompany these fine men to the helm and provide us with the bearing to Isla de Muerta. You will then spend the remainder of the voyage contemplating all possible meanings of the phrase 'silent as the grave'. Do I make myself clear?” 26 likes
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