Dead Men Tell No Tales
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Dead Men Tell No Tales

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Ernest William Hornung (1866-1921) was an English author. He spent most of his life in England and France, but in 1884 left for Australia and stayed for two years. Although his Australian experience had been so short, it coloured most of his literary work from A Bride from the Bush (1890), to Old Offenders and a Few Old Scores (1923) which appeared after his death. He publ...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published May 15th 2009 by Tutis Digital Pub (first published March 7th 2001)
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Kimbolimbo
Aug 06, 2008 Kimbolimbo rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Shelves: read-in-2008
The title of this book is way more interesting than the actual book. I love saying it with a graveling voice and no inflection at all (maybe I mean monotone). There were moments though in this book where the tempo would pick up and something exciting would happen, but for the most part it was rather dull. The first 10 chapters were quite particularly dull and the then things got a bit more energetic and the whole point of the story started to emerge. But still it dragged here and there and ended...more
Daniel
Nov 15, 2008 Daniel rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Daniel by: Rose
Shelves: 2008
E.W. Hornung's "Dead Men Tell No Tales" is not a bad book, but its relatively slight plot is overwhelmed by its overwrought language -- the type often found in books from the Victorian era. In the Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle (who happened to be Hornung's brother-in-law), that type of writing helps transport the reader back in time; in Hornung's book, though, it leads the reader to wonder what Hornung is making such a fuss about. The story and characters are simply not interesti...more
R.L.
I'm surprised that the ratings are so low and that the reviews tend towards the negative for this book.

I thought it was a very engaging story and revealed quite a bit about English mores and manners at around the turn of the (20th) century.

There's a hard-boiled plot that starts with a disaster at sea. There's stolen gold and gun-play. There's suspense, there's a good guy, some really bad guys, and at least two complex characters who contain a modern amount of both good and bad. One of whom is a...more
Marts  (Thinker)
This classic begins with the whole sea tragedy after an ocean love episode then slips into the survival then rescue adventure, and becomes a tad bit confusing until the mystery eventually plays out.
Liza
When I read this book, it was on an old 1930's copy, to which, I think, only added to the old story. The book has a beautiful language to it, and each word delicately paints the picture of every moment from his departure on the ship, to the very terrible moment his plans of a smooth voyage take a turn for the horrible. I had to read and reread the way he describes what he saw happening here, only because I was so taken aback at the details.
Every moment in this book is plagued by some unexpected...more
Kailey
A marvelous adventure story with plenty of twists and turns! The writing is great, and the plot moves quickly with plenty of hair-raising danger. Hornung is a master at painting lovable scoundrels and villains that you love to the point where you actually want them to succeed in their crimes and escape the police! Excellent characters balanced on the sides of good and evil!

I was disappointed in the portrayal of the one female character though. She was just a perfect porcelain doll with no color...more
विकास   नैनवाल
It was an ok read. Not brilliant but not too bad. i'd be looking into other works of the author.
Karen
I would rate this book a four until the end. I also really disliked Ava at the end. Weak character. but the book audio was free so oh well.
Miram Gamal
I'm just happy they ended up together, though, in the writer's words, I fall in love with Rattray more than with Cole.
Bruce
Really weak. I only read it because it was included in QuickReader on my iPhone. 1 star
Maggie
light summer reading for the fun of it. why not?
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Ernest William Hornung known as Willie, was an English author, most famous for writing the Raffles series of novels about a gentleman thief in late Victorian London.

In addition to his novels and short stories Hornung wrote some war verse, and a play based on the Raffles stories was produced successfully. He was much interested in cricket, and was "a man of large and generous nature, a delightful c...more
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