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Rakkety Tam (Redwall #17)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  5,701 ratings  ·  105 reviews
There has never been a Redwall hero quite like Rakkety Tam, the roguish Highlander squirrel who sets off for Mossflower Wood on a mercenary errand and loses his heart to the charms of Redwall Abbey. And there's never been a villain quite like Gulo the Savage: a vicious beast-eating wolverine who descends upon the Abbey in Search of a relic called the Walking Stone. Readers...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Turtleback Books (first published January 1st 2004)
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There is one thing you need to know about my relationship with this series:
Redwall NEVER gets old.
I don't care how many times I've read the descriptions of feasts and battles and Mossflower and Dibbuns. I don't. Redwall will always have a special place in my heart, and on my shelf. The novels go next to the two picture books and the cookbook and the Map and Riddler and all the different tribe guides and someday, dammit, I'm going to buy that abbey model.
If I ever have children, I am raising...more
Sep 08, 2008 X rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Redwallers, especially fans of the earlier books
This is one of my favorite Redwall books in a while, probably since The Bellmaker, at least. It is more like the earlier books than those that were published more recently, and a few parts were rather surprising for Jacques' supposedly juvenile audience. Still, there were many wonderful characters, and some delightful new accents. A great tale!
Brian Jacques does Walter Scott - ie. a medieval tale of mad, warrior Scot[tish squirrel]s, fighting for their simple, traditional way of life against the seemingly inconquerable English [wolverine and his] army. I found this one of the more gripping Redwall tales.
you can never get enough brian jacques
Adela Bezemer-Cleverley
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Isaiah Silkwood
I'm under the persuasion that villains make the book. Or they make the hero that much greater. I'll start off with Gulo the Savage. This guy’s is one of my favorite Redwall villains. He and Ungatt Trunn are up there at the top of villains along with Cluny the Scourge and... I should really stop myself before I reminisce back to all of the awesome Redwall villains. But Gulo the Savage is awesome! He's a wolverine for Pete's sake. Gulo and his horde of fox and ermine vermin eat other creatures. T...more

Rakkety Tam, written by Brian Jacques. Rakkety Tam, the fiction novel, is a redwall adventure fiction story about a mouse and its followers that try to hunt down the kingdom’s evil foe, Gulo the Savage. Rakkety works for the Queen and King (who are fairly arrogant and only care about themselves.). Rakkety has to find the royal banner (that Gulo stole), and return it to its rightful place with his sidekick Doogy. While they’re doing this, Gulo’s brother has stolen the walking stone. Whoever poss...more
This is one of my favorites in the later half of the Redwall series, mainly due to the author's choice of a villain, as the main character is a squirrel, which has occurred in several books. However, all of the characters are different, even within species, even if names in newer books are not as good as in the older books. The villain is a wolverine called Gulo, and out of the series is probably one of my favorite villains (Cluny the Scourge another). As with most Redwall series plots, Redwall...more
Grace Lee
This book is what i call a real five star book. It has adventure, bravery that sometimes leads to foolishness, and creatures who mess around and end up being friends. I liked this book because in almost every chapter.....something funny happens. I also somehow like to read and reread the descriptions of the scary creatures in there like a wolverine and the vermin throughout the story. Oh yeah....ummm..throughout the story....it is about a wolverine named Gulo the Savage who leaves the land of sn...more
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Oct 26, 2007 Jing rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone looking to get into another world for a while
Shelves: advisory
The next part of the Redwall saga is about Rakkety TAm a Mercenary squirrel form the north who is on a mission to claim the flag for their lord to gain freedom. While doing that, he met a lying theif named Yoofus. A thing that also homes into in is the creature he must face to claim the flag was Gulo the Salvage a Furocious Wolvering. Continuing his quest, Rakkety Tam gave up his sword to Yoofus in order to freed some maids; one which he would eventually married. To replace it, he gained the sw...more
Jennifer H
I enjoyed this one - it might have taken reading Triss to get back into the story world that I used to love so much. Traipsing across the reader’s better known world of the Mossflower Woods and Salamandastron I enjoyed going back. I like that the story split into basically two lines – those in the Abbey and those outside. The villains were crazy and bad (I could easily picture the snarling crazed badger). And in the end those stupid squirrel king and queen got put in their place! Yes!
I've been reading Brian Jaques (pronounced Jakes) for many years. I use to read them outloud to our son, doin all the voices. We would listen to them on audio too - love them - fun adventure for the little woodland critters that live at Redwall Abbey in Mossflower Woods - always a villian comes to threaten them with their vermin crews. the Villians can be rats, fox, weasels, wolverine, many different animals. Of course one of the woodland critters will come forth as the warrior in each book. Mar...more
Oct 13, 2008 Ldswifenmom rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
This was the first book that I ever read from Brian Jacques, and he's got me as a fan for life! The way I describe Brian Jacques _REDWALL_ Series, is "Beatrix Potter merges with Ann McCaffrey"! You have great animal characters! You have adventure! You have character building values! You have fun! You have topics to think about and discuss! You have humor and challenges! All rolled into...I have no clue how many stories!!!

Brian Jacques is a prolific writer, and so far, every story I have read ha...more
May 24, 2008 Helen rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Brian Jacques fans.
Recommended to Helen by: jameslhelena@bellsouth.net
Shelves: children-s-books
This was the story of Rakkety Tam, a squirrel warrior engaged in a battle against a wolverine, Gulo the Savage, who is seeking his brother and the Walking Stone. The story involves many battles between "goodbeasts" and "vermin", and many lives are lost along the way. We get to know several of these animals, both good and bad. If you enjoy Brian Jacques Redwall books, you will probably enjoy this one as well. I found that it moved rather slowly and it took me some time to complete the book, but I...more
Wow, one of my favorites in the Redwall series. Rakkety Tam McBurl is one of my favorite heroes from the saga. The squirrels and otters were always my favorite animals from the books so whenever I read one that has one of those as the main character I love it. I started out reading these books in like 3rd or 4th grade and this is the first one I've read in years. I thought I might have outgrown them but they still hold up greatly. They read at a more mature level with all of the accents but can...more
Varun Sriram
This is my new favorite "Redwall" book. I really liked the new characters, like Rakkety Tam, the main character, but sometimes understanding him is hard, because Brian Jacques makes his accent perfectly.....accented. The enemy, Gulo is also a nice change, because usually the bad guys are rats, ferrets, or something like those, instead of wolverines. Some parts are a bit gruesome, because Gulo and his hordes of vermin( what the bad guys are called) tend to eat their enemies, for the most part th...more
Mallory Kellogg
I enjoyed this book a bit more than the last 2 Redwalls I read. I'm going to say I was surprised with the level of gore in this book, since this series if for tweenagers. Cannibals was a much different angle, and introducing a wolverine was pretty cool. I also loved Rakkety Tam himself. He was very gallant and chivalrous. Plus there was a love story toward the middle of the book which is rare for this series. And I'm a sucker for romance. Of course, like all Redwalls, there's a Happily Ever Afte...more
Asher Boyer
It was a good book, and the plot was intriguing. I liked the songs sung by the long patrol, especially the one about the bad cook. Rakkety Tam defeated Gulo, and has been freed from the service of king Arltun. Also Tergen’s wing has gotten better, and has become a scout for the long patrol. I wonder if any of Tam’s descendants will become champion of Redwall.
Oh gosh, I never realized how many books were in this series! I can't believe that I read so many of these!
Huisung Park
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This is your basic good-versus-evil story, with the characters all sentient animals. The squirrels, hares, mice, voles, and badgers are defending themselves against the vermin - foxes and ermine, led by a wolverine. I highly recommend the CD version, which I listened to while commuting. It is narrated by the author, Brian Jacques and the characters are voiced by his regular troupe of actors. Apparently, he writes for the voices of his actors Hmmm... who else did that... oh yesh - some guy named...more
This book is really good and better than most of the Rewall series. The battle between Tam and Gulo was confusing but it was the best part of the book. I never gussed that the walking stone was some sort of animal(then again it said walking). The abbot dosen't seem as important as other rulers of Redwall(in my opinion)and of course Gulo being crazy was a good touch to the book. It was a good book but I think it would of been more interesting if Askor(Gulo's brother) stay'd a alive. Comaradeship...more
This was Hayes' favorite book in the Redwall series.
Jan 07, 2013 Lex rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Redwall Abbey lovers, animal lovers, pre-teens, teens, young adults, adults
Another wonderful Redwall story. I decided to visit this series after falling in love with the books in middle school. I desperately wanted to visit the beautiful Abbey in person while growing up!! Now as I return to the books as a 21-year-old, I find I still wish to see Redwall Abbey!!
Rakkety Tam is a wonderful warrior, as great as Martin and Matthias. He will not disappoint those who fell in love with the two most famous mice of Redwall Abbey.
This is a wonderful story to read to children or...more
Barb G
One of the better books of the Redwall series
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Aug 28, 2011 ϮAʛʛⅇℛʊℵʛ {Supernatural Freak} rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys animals as characters, action, fantasy, or the works of Brian Jacques
One of my most favorite Redwall books, and one of the best on audio. I always enjoy listening to a Redwall book on audio because the book is narrated by the author and is acted out by a cast. This is a great book because of the riddle that must be solved, the great action, peril, humor, characters and slight romance. I love the Highland and Borderer accents of Tam and Doogy, they really bring you into the book. The music in between the chapters is a great addition to the story flow. One of the l...more
This Redwall novel is a little gorier than usual, but what do you expect with bigger, badder vermin attacking the peaceful Redwallers?

Rakkety Tam and his pal, Doogy Plumm, are squirrels from the Highlands complete with kilts and claymores and a decidedly Scots' way of speaking (all with Brian Jacques' unique touch, of course). In best Redwall tradition, this tale features the hares of Salamandastron as well as those fine folk, the Guosim, and the entire Redwall population, Abbot, Cellarhog, dibb...more
This was a wonderful book. My husband brought it home from a scout book drive he was helping with. The library they were collecting didn't want any books older than a certain date, and he couldn't stand to let them throw it away. Neither of us knew what it was about, but read it together. It was wonderful! It has a mixture of adventure, humor, a little saddness, and a little romance -the characters in this book are so unique and so enjoyable I've now read it twice. Highly recommended!
This was not one of my favorites in the Redwall series. I started listening to it on audio but I had such a hard time hearing/understanding the different accents that I ended up checking it out from the library and reading it. That probably has a lot to do with my less that stellar opinion. I just felt like this one was quite as dynamic as some of the other ones have been. But I still love Redwall and I'll keep reading them as long as he keeps writing them!
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Brian Jacques (pronounced 'jakes') was born in Liverpool, England on June 15th, 1939. Along with forty percent of the population of Liverpool, his ancestral roots are in Ireland, County Cork to be exact.

Brian grew up in the area around the Liverpool docks, where he attended St. John's School, an inner city school featuring a playground on its roof. At the age of ten, his very first day at St. Joh...more
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“Armel shrugged. "I suppose so, Brother, but why do creatures have to fight?"
Demple picked Mudge up and placed him on his shoulder. "Because there's always good and bad in the land, and goodbeasts have to protect their friends an' families from evil ones who want nothing but to conquer an' destroy.”
“Rakkety Rakkety Rakkety Tam, the drums are beatin' braw. Rakkety Rakkety Rakkety Tam, are ye marchin' off tae war?” 3 likes
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