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Flint and Silver: A Prequel to Treasure Island

(A Prequel to Treasure Island #1)

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A swashbuckling triumph of storytelling, Flint and Silver provides a thrilling ride back to the rich and wondrous world of Long John Silver and his fiendish nemesis Joseph Flint in this prequel to the beloved classic Treasure Island.

John Silver had never killed a man. Until now, his charisma, sheer size and, when all else failed, powerful fists had been enough to dispatch
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Hardcover, 359 pages
Published May 5th 2009 by Simon & Schuster (first published July 1st 2008)
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Philip Catshill
Sep 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent! Simple as that. An action packed novel based on the characters created by Robert Louis Stevenson. The novel has left me begging for more of the same but I do have slight reservation. I read Treasure Island as a young teenager. The fighting and violence in this prequel is a tad more descriptive than Stevenson. Also, although it is well used in context, the novel is littered with strong language which, in my mind, detracts from the story and pushes it into a more adult classification.
Joanne
Jun 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
If you want a good prequel to Treasure Island (or just a good pirate story in general) just watch the TV show Black Sails.
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Saskia
Apr 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pirates
My God I love this book!

Although I have to admit that the original "Treasure Island" first got my attention beause of the prequel TVshow "Black Sails", this is a completely different take on the origins of Flint, Long John, Billy Bones and all the other beloved characters.

At first I wasn't quite sure if I would enjoy a genuinely mad Captain Flint or an utterly honorable John Silver, but as it turns out I love them both and once I had made it past the first few chapters, the story got me hoocked
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Clare
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure, fiction
Treasure Island was written for children. This book is not. As a prequel to Treasure Island it portrays the gritty world of pirates as it probably existed. These men are tough, brutal, villainous greedy and bloodthirsty. Their language is peppered with cursing. They live a rough existence on the open ocean and spend their short time ashore as if there was no tomorrow, which was, more often than not, the case for these salty criminals.
Long John Silver is portrayed in a better light than most of
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MK
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved! this book. I don't know if only having very recently read Treasure Island for the first time influences that, or if it would be a fabulous read regardless, but it was just really really good.

I borrowed this from my library, and they don't (and neither does any library in my state!) have books 2 or 3 in the trilogy, AND they're not on kindle, either (arrgghh). Just purchased them from Abebooks, but they're shipping from the UK so it'll be a few weeks.

Really looking forward to the rest of
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Daniel (Attack of the Books!) Burton
I'm dubious about whether or not I will actually finish this. The story is not very congruent, lacks a consistently interesting narrative, and is crude and ribald....which i guess fits a description of pirates, or a piratical description. However, other than an exciting opening scene, the author seems to rely on description instead of narrative, a constant information dump. What narrative does happen seems laden with ribald and paper thin characters and language. I doubt I will finish this book.
Caitlín (Ink Mage)
Jul 27, 2010 marked it as unfinished
Shelves: nautical
Actually, I found this surprisingly boring and couldn't finish it.
Cyrine
Jun 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
It was pretty disappointing :/
Irwin
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you read and loved Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, you were left with questions about how and why the treasure was buried, where Silver’s parrot came from, and certainly wondered how Silver lost his leg. Luckily, John Drake pondered these same issues and decided to write a series of prequels to Treasure Island. Finally, these and other questions are plausibly answered in Flint and Silver.

At first the chapters jump from one date to another and from Flint to Silver. This can make keep
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Eric Gallagher
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, this book was getting 3 stars... The plot was average, typical pirates and treasure, but I have to give it 4 stars. It was so well written. Despite an average plot, the characters really come to life. They evoke emotion and thought. I found myself angry and frustrated at antagonists, cheering on protagonists and even laughing out loud twice in tandem with the characters coming to realisations of things that had been expertly foreshadowed by John Drake. This book was a cheap find in a superma ...more
Katrina
Jun 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
It was extremely slow and difficult to get into. I have actually been trying to read it for a few years, but it's not engaging enough.
Mark Broyles
Mar 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
Not good.
Betsy
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Captain Flint in the flesj

Having read Treasure Island, I too needed answers. How bad could a pirate be to scare Edward Teach? Drake has fleshed out Captain Flint in a way I found fascinating. Worth the read for pirate obsessed folks such as myself.
Christine Keleny
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another of my audio book library roulette picks. Note: This is not a child's pirate story. This is for adults.

Stats: Audio book - Narrator: Tim Gregory, 9 or 10 discs - I don't remember, print 359 pages, published 2009

Blurb: John Silver had never killed a man. Until now, his charisma, sheer size and, when all else failed, powerful fists had been enough to dispatch his enemies. But on a smoldering deck off the coast of Madagascar, his shipmates dead or dying all around him, his cutlass has just c
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MorganLeFlay
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
Okay, I haven't read "Skull and bones" yet (the third one) but I have read "Flint and Silver" and "Pieces of Eight", and my opinion is pretty much the same for each book. I will update my review if anything new comes up once I am done with "Skull and bones".

All in all, I'd say this is a decent book and my rating would be between a 3 and a 4/5. I like the second one better so far, but that could be just me. Now for the review:
- plot: typical pirate adventure novel, nothing particularly original,
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Bart Breen
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Not Robert Louis Stevenson's Idea of a prequel probably, but a Good Read None-the-less

Robert Louis Stevenson wouldn't turn over in his grave, I suspect to see this racy prequel, although some might think so. Really though, I suspect the younger generation of today doesn't really know whom Long John Silver was, nor have they read Treasure Island nor have they seen the classic movies that those of us Boomers and older grew up feasting upon. Given that, it's not too difficult to understand why the
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Christopher Taylor
Oct 18, 2016 rated it liked it
This book is a project I would never have the courage to attempt, a prequel to Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. There are authors I would attempt this sort of writing with, but not a master such as him out of sheer knowledge I would never stand up to comparison.

Flint and Silver is about Captain Flint and Long John Silver as well as other members of the pirate crew in Stevenson's classic tale, but it tells the story of how Silver became a pirate, met Flint, gained the great treasure bu
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Michael
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic. Does two things I don't typically like, but does them so well I didn't mind in the least.

First, it's a prequel. The problem with prequels is that most of the time you can see the author methodically checking the boxes and connecting the dots that need to be checked and connected to get to whatever story the prequel leads into. But Drake has so fleshed out his characters - not just Joe Flint and John Silver, but also Billy Bones, Israel Hands, Selena, and others - that they and their r
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Shreyansh
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Okay to make it clear this review does not contain any spoiler.
Off the bat, if u like pirates and have watched black sails or read the treasure island and you crave to know more about the past of silver and who is flint, then this book was written for you.
This book has a certain grip to it which u won't be able to escape till u finish it.
A thing to know before u read this book is that this book is a part of a series, I wasn't aware of that fact and when the book ended on a cliffhanger I was pret
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Duncan Smith
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
Treasure Island is an all time classic so I will be a hard marker of any spin off. The author has put a lot of love and attention into this, and has succeeded in many respects, but he has made a couple of major blunders which detract from his book.

The main problem is the characterisation of Captain Flint. In Treasure Island, Flint never appears but his fearsome shadow hangs over the entire voyage. The author of this prequel tries to make out that Flint's violence stems from sexual impotence and
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Flora Smith
Oct 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is the second time I've read this one, and I think I liked it more this time around. A prequel to Stevenson's Treasure Island, it seeks to put a backstory to the adventure we loved so well. But its certainly no children's tale as we find out the history between Long John Silver and Captain Flint and answers to many questions we had about favorite characters.

I love the characters that are brought to life in this story along side Long John and Flint. We meet characters such as Billy Bones, Be
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Jake Hartnett
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I was expecting a 3 star book in all honesty seeing as Treasure Island is a hard act to follow, and being responsible for creating the backstory of a character as big as Long John Silver is no easy feat. John Silver is as I expected him to be portrayed, but it's Captain Flint for me who really excels. The author has created a character who is worthy of being part of the whole Treasure Island legacy. I wondered how the language would be and whether it woul ...more
Andrew
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
I came to this book with some reservations as I loved treasure island but recently read Andrew Motion's Silver and...well I was underwhelmed..chancing upon this Treasure Island inspired prequel in a charity shop was therefore one I considered a little before picking up...the pull of the original book was the deciding factor.
I'm glad I read this and since I have found it's one of a trilogy and there's little doubt I will seek out the sequel...unlike Silver this book feels less sanitised and moder
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Ria
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A tale of the high seas with an expansion on the tale of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island.
Cleverly done with a whole host of new characters but still keeping as true as possible to the original.
Done as a prequel to Stevenson's story you get intimate detail of Captain Flint and Long John Silver and even Selena, the love of both men that in certain ways tears apart their friendship to the point they become sworn enemies.
An inventive idea, full of swashbuckling adventure of Flint and Silve
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Eddy
May 28, 2009 rated it it was ok
Kudos for the effort. But in truth, the story was missing the one thing that I loved best about "Treasure Island"... a likable protagonist! One for whom you can cheer or feel fear when in danger. The pirates Long John Silver and Captain Flint, both morally bereft, were sadly lacking. I simply didn't care about either of them... except that I was mildly curious about how they tied into the characters they became in Stevenson's "Treasure Island."

While the story was interesting and engaging in spot
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Katie
May 24, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
So, this book was kind of gory and graphic, but aside from that the plot was really good. This was definitely *NOT* a children's book like Treasure Island is. It was a neat take on what happened before the story of Treasure Island began, and how the characters came to be who they were. I especially liked the personification of Captain Flint, and all his craziness and flaws. He was very well thought out. I also particularly enjoyed the description of Flint's parrot since I am quite sure that this ...more
Robyn Hawk
Jun 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, reviews

My hat is off to John Drake and his genius imagination - I can't think of a more genuine or thrilling backstory for some of the more popular characters from Treasure Island. This book gives you a different perspective for Ben Gunn, Black Dog, Billy Bones and, the infamous Long John Silver.

This journey follows Silver from Gentleman to Pirate and takes Flint from Seaman to Madman Captain! The partnership begins its downward spiral with the introduction of Flint's "Nubian Princess" Selena. However,
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Ben
I was intrigued by this book because, as a child I loved Treasure Island!
This has been written by John Drake, a man whom it seems also has a deep love of the 'Origional' story.

This book starts to answer many question on who the main protagonists of Treasure Island are or indeed were prior to the events written about by Robert Louis Stevenson.

You'll Find out just how fearsom yet seemingly charming 'Flint' was, how Honourable John Silver can be and how he loses his leg because of another mans gree
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Danny M
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: READERS OF ACTION AND SUSPENSE.
Recommended to Danny by: I READ A BOOK REVIEW.
I HAPPENED TO READ A BOOK REVIEW LISTING THIS AS A PREQUEL TO TREASURE ISLAND WHICH I READ MANY YEARS AGO. I FOUND FLINT AND SILVER TO BE THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF BOOKS WRITTEN BY THE AUTHOR JOHN DRAKE AS A PREQUEL TO TREASURE ISLAND. TREASURE ISLAND IS A CHILDREN'S BOOK, BUT THIS SERIES WAS WRITTEN FOR ADULTS. THE BOOK CONTAINS ACTION, ADVENTURE, SEX, AND A SURPRISE ENDING THAT WILL LEAVE YOU LONGING FOR PIECES OF EIGHT WHICH IS THE SECOND BOOK IN THE SERIES. THE FIRST BOOKS LEADS INTO THE SECO ...more
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