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I met Lucky Joe when I stowed away aboard the Elginshire out of Birmingham, England, in 1901. Joe felt that all his luck came from divine intervention for which he was most grateful and quick to give the glory—and testament. We were both bound for San Francisco, where it was rumored the streets were paved with gold. Shanghaied off the wharf of San Francisco aboard a whaler ...more
Paperback, 180 pages
Published 2012 by Rose Point Publishing
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Dean C. Moore
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I found this an absorbing and ultimately unforgettable adventure yarn with much to recommend it. The sailors aboard deck with Lucky Joe for the sailing part of their journey (which is much of the book) speak in the vernacular of the times, and it’s colorful to say the least. I have to think back as far as The Color Purple to think of a novel that uses idioms and dialect this effectively. Lucky Joe, as the young lad of sixteen or so, as a character, got under my skin better than the youth in Bill ...more
G.S. Wright
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is a very different read. The language is that of sailors in the early nineteen hundreds, and the story of an era long gone, with the main theme being about keeping the faith regardless of what life throws at you.
Lucky Joe follows the adventures of Jimmie, a would-be thug that becomes a stowaway with Lucky Joe, a chance encounter that changes his life for the better. Lucky Joe is fearless, with a faith in God that gets the both of them through many life-threatening crises, and changes
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Valerie
Aug 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
This delightful book was won in a Goodreads giveaway and tells the tale of a chance encounter between Lucky Joe with his endearing and unswerving faith in God and rough and tumble Jimmie as they both stowaway on a whaling ship bound for the high seas.

Lucky Joe is a delightful young character and his happy nature changes the lives of almost everyone he meets. A series of amazing adventures follow and both boys risk life and limb in their adventures at sea and prospecting for gold.

I thoroughly en
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Stanley McShane
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
My grandfather wrote this book back in the late 1920's when he tapped his manuscript out with his two index fingers on an ancient Underwood. Rose (McShane) lived most of this chronicle in 1900/01, culminating with his first excursion into the California Sierra Mountains in his quest for gold. The book sets three parts: He stowed away on the Elginshire to go to San Francisco as he heard the streets were paved with gold. But as he buried himself safely in the dark hold of the ship, discovered he w ...more
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I am Virginia Williams, the granddaughter and editor/publisher of historical author, Patrick John “Stanley McShane” Rose. I have published six of his manuscripts. In an effort to market and promote his books, I began a blog called Rosepoint Publishing. I currently review 2-3 books per week and welcome review submissions using the Submission Guide on my website. I submit reviews for the books I rea ...more

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