Doctor Syn, a Smuggler Tale of the Romney Marsh (Doctor Syn #1)
Posing as a respectable vicar in Dymchurch at the turn of the 18th century, Dr. Syn is actually the retired pirate Captain Clegg. Clegg, believed hanged in Rye, is no longer being sought by the authorities. However, country life proves too tame for the good "Dr. Syn," and his attention turns to smuggling. He takes on a secret identity, "The Scarecrow," and leads a gang of...more
I had never heard of Dr Syn until I visited Old Romney church on the Marshes in 2009. I discovered that the 1963 Disney'ised' film/tv version was filmed there...and since then I've become a Dr Syn obsessive!
This first book is in fact the final installment of the series. Written superbly by writer and actor Russel Thorndike, this story keeps you turning the page to the very end. Gr...more
I found a kinship with the the author Russell Thorndyke;
He was an actor, I am an actor.
He wrote about a costumed character The Scarecrow, I wrote a about a costumed character Skunk-Guy.
His books take place in his home town, My books take place in my home town.
I was immediately taken by the old writing style. It added to the charm of the the time period. It drew me into the...more
There are some excellent descriptive phrases and laugh out loud funny bits too. Also, being a Norfolk man the descriptions of the flat, bare and empty marshes resonated with me strongly (I know this is set in Kent, but I'm sure the feeling is similar).
I've downloaded the entire series a...more
I don't exactly remember when I first heard these particular part of Pirateology(sic) but grabbed up a copy of this the first time I saw it many years ago.
This gets one of my 'goodread' ratings.
ARggh, matey, sigh, I want to be a pirate. Only sort of really. No job security y...more
The earlier review and even the blurb in this book, mentions events that do not happen in this edition - so I wonder if they've been edited out. Hmmm.
Of course, the book's main secret is widely known, so we can't judge it on that. the plot is now old, so we can't...more
He was born in Rochester, Kent, where his fat...more