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The Angel's Command (Flying Dutchman #2)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  3,487 Ratings  ·  90 Reviews
In this Redwall Castaways novel, Ben and Ned continue their nautical adventures. As in Castaways of the Flying Dutchman (to which this is a stand-alone sequel), our 17th-century heroes sail from danger to danger. This episode finds the boy and his dog on board a Frenchman's pirate ship, pursued by not one but two hostile vessels -- a Spanish buccaneer and an English privat ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published March 30th 2004 by Penguin Group US (first published January 1st 2003)
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Jan 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it better than the first...This is a serious book in children's wrapping. Those unused to Jaques fire-side stories may not understand the allure his books have. They are traditional in the best sense of the word: enjoyable, identifiable, and with a clear sense of right and wrong devoid (mostly) of any specific religion...the Castaway series is more Christian than his Redwall series, but not overbearingly so, and the moral lessons are universal.
May 13, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya
Let's get one thing strait; I love Brian Jacques. As in LOVE. And when you love something or someone, you tend to be pretty forgiving of its/their faults. That being said, I really didn't enjoy this book or it's predecessor Castaways of the Flying Dutchman, nearly as much as I enjoy Jacques' Redwall series. It seems as if, in this series, all the faults present in the Redwall books have been magnified. One of the big problems in this one is the lack of a real sense of peril. The villains are so ...more
David Gillis
Apr 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a child, this was my favorite book. It's clear that Brian Jacques was my favorite author as a child, but what I loved about the Flying Dutchman series that he wrote is that it took us out of the fable-styled storytelling, and grounded us more in the real world with fantasy elements thrown in. Ben and Ned are wonderful protagonists, with Ben sounding like an ordinary boy with a huge destiny as an angel, and Ned is hilarious as the faithful canine companion. The side characters in The Flying Du ...more
Mustafa Adamji
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is separated into three sections and each section is a story. There are only to main characters. The first one is a blind boy named will who gets visited by an angel when he needs to know where their destiny will take them. The second is the boy's dog. They both can talk telepathically. They have and are going many adventures throughout this book. Compared to many of the books I have read this book seems to have the most adventure. It's not jus this book but most of the books I have re ...more
Oct 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again, I thought Brian Jacques did an amazing job with this book. The first part of the book was a little slow, with being on ships most of the time, but when I got to the second half when Ben and Ned met Karay and Dominic, I didn't want to stop reading. The action when they are fighting the Razan and trying to find Adamo really grabbed my attention, and I can't wait to read the last book in this trilogy.
Sep 22, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, childrens, 2009
A worthy sequel.
Leona Petrovic
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a HUGE redwall fan and this book is written in Brian Jacques' style, so it is great for redwall fans! The Angel's Command is my favorite from the trilogy.
Donna Mckeller
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think I am sad that there is only one book left to this series. At least we have Redwall and this series to remember Brian Jacques by, such a talented story teller.
Griffin Lorimer
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Angel’s Command is the sequel to The Flying Dutchman written by Brian Jacques. Although it is a sequel, the two books don’t intertwine much. You can read the second book easily without reading the first, as I did. It is about Ben, a boy, and Ned, a black Labrador Retriever. The two can telepathically communicate with each other. In The Angel’s Command, the two go on two main adventures; aboard a French pirate’s boat and in the mountains of Europe. The dynamic duo meet friends that help them ...more
Adam Wilson
The Angel's Command, like the first book in the Flying Dutchman series, started out as a five star read, held its own for half the book, and then suddenly changed the point of the book. It felt like two novellas containing the same two main characters stapled back to back with nothing much else holding them together. I like that Jacques made this a full-length novel, but my biggest problem with it was the drastic change at the half-way mark. I think that if books are going to do this, they shoul ...more
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, books-13-25
This is now one of my favorite books. I have been a fan of Brian Jacques' Redwall series for some time and this led me to try another of his books. This story was entertaining and fun to read. The main character is a difficult person to portray due to his strange attributes but the author does a great job of making him a character the reader can relate to. The unique word choices that Jacques uses creates a swashbuckling feel for this read that is a good contrast for those that love the fantasy ...more
April Brown
Apr 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pre-teen, teen, fantasy
What ages would I recommend it too? – Twelve and up.

Length? – Several day’s read.

Characters? – Memorable, several characters.

Setting? – Fantasy, real world.

Written approximately? – 2003.

Does the story leave questions in the readers mind? – So much dialect and regional speak that in several places I had no idea what was happening. It seriously slowed the plot and made comprehension difficult.

Any issues the author (or a more recent publisher) should cover? No.

Short storyline: This is again two st
Charles Harrison
I remember really enjoying the first in this series so I figured this was worth picking up. Now let me be clear, the entire nautical bit was fantastic, there were pirates, privateers, mutiny, sharks and improbably navel maneuvers. Everything I would want in a nice straightforward adventure book. The later two thirds however took place on land and were much less entertaining. Perhaps it was the mildly irritating girl or the peril being sorted out consistently by divine or canine intervention. My ...more
BA Thompson
This was OK...I had a hard time getting enthused about it, might be partially why it took me two months to get through it. Also, summer. At only 340 pages, that's pretty damn slow. However, I read the last hundred or so pages in the final sitting, and the last half of that was fast-paced and exciting. It almost made up for the rest. I liked the first installment of this series better, but this was good enough that I plan to finish it with number three one of these days. (view spoiler) ...more
Clare Farrelly
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"A surety that Good will triumph over Evil, always"

I personally like books where characters are obviously good or evil, this is another of those. There is evil in here, a witch, and well, the Flying Dutchman, and other bad characters. I listened to this as an audio book and it was magnificently done, it had a full cast. Some younger children may find a few scenes frightening (for the evil voices and such are very well done). The story is fairly simple, and sometimes a little predictable, but als
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a rare find this happened to be. I've never read the Redwall series but I know they are well loved. This trilogy seems lesser known but it's so good. Ben used to be a cabin boy and something happened to Ben and a black labrador, named Ned. So they are "blessed" with long life. Meanwhile, a ghost seeks revenge on Ben and is always trying to draw him back to ships. Ben can also talk to Ned, and has the power to know when someone is in need of help. I don't think it matters what order you read ...more
Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story was great,This was like 'Pirates of the Caribbean', plenty of adventure and some gory bits too. The characters have already worked their way into your heart from the first book, but this one is even better. It is a little darker and though written for children, will appeal to many older readers who seek adventure on the high seas. Jacques description of the beef on the spit at the beginning is enough to draw you in and make your mouth water. Not much more to say, but this is written we ...more
Jun 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once more, Jacques proved to be an excellent storyteller. The characters are so compelling. I love Ben and Ned! The story is somewhat fractured, with the first and second parts having seemingly nothing to do with each other. But everything in the story has a reason and a purpose, and everything comes together quite nicely in some unexpected ways. Jacques is able to make many things conclude perfectly without seeming contrived. The sdventures of the boy and his dog may go on forever, but I wonder ...more
Mar 20, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so I reread this a couple days ago and had to take it down a couple stars. What really kills me is the fact that the characters are all flatter than my online chemistry textbook. They're all either "good" or "bad," when the reality is that no one can be just good or bad— maybe too much Speaker of the Dead influence?

The second problem is that Jacques goes straight ahead and kills people off. Not necessarily bad except that few characters (who died) had real personalities and depth. So it's
Marc Secchia
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brian Jacques is a great storyteller. Absolutely love his Redwall series. I struggled to identify with the main protagonist in this story however
and that's the only reason I didn't go with a 5. The dog was more entertaining than the boy I felt... and the two parts of the book seemed somewhat clumsily mashed together. Overall? A solid read with signature Jacques humour and a fine companion for a rainy day.
Eric Vincent
Aug 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I felt this book was a little bit better than the first one. The first half of the book where the two main characters are aboard the pirate ship is slow and tedious, but when they make landfall is when the story really picks up and becomes a fun adventure in the French Pyranees. Overall it was a great story and one of the best parts about Brian Jacques' stories is the clear distinction between right and wrong, Every character has a strong moral compass and it shows in his writing.
Sara Parker
This book was much more enjoyable than its prequel. It had more of what I was expecting from the first book - pirates, battles, adventures, and twists. Granted the twists were fairly easy to figure out, but it was fun to read this book. I wasn't sure if I'd make it through the whole trilogy after reading the first one, but if the third book is more in-step with this one, I'll enjoy it through the end.
Feb 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a good book, an easy read, a similar formula to the first and a good dose of my childhood nostalgia.

I'm not sure I'd recommend it to other adults unless they were a fan of the first back in the day. However, the first is to this day my favourite book so its hard to share the same limelight.

I'm glad I read it. The stories flow well and it adds to the Sea-faring that I suspect many readers wanted more of.
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of Ben and his black Labrador who were on the Flying Dutchman and allowed to be let go because of their innocence. They now spend their never ending days (they remain the same age) wandering around helping others. This is the second book in the series. I didn't read the first and didn't seem to suffer because of it. The title comes from the angel that watches over them and gives them direction about who to help next.
Aug 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mature young readers and anyone else
Second in the Dutchman series finds the boy and his dog still travelling the world at the Angel's Command. They solve another mystery and save more innocents in a sadder tale than the first installment. There are more philosophical elements in this novel since the boy finds someone to love but must leave her when the Angel tells him to go. Another great one to listen to on audio.
Nov 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERY ONE
this book is one of the best books I've ever read. The angles command is the squel to the story castaways of the flying dutchman. This book picks up the story about 100 years later with Ben and his dog Den.Ben and Den are also from the first book but they were made imortal by an angle that struck down the flyind dutchman and its crew.
I have been avoiding his Redwall series because talking animals seemed cheesy. Here is a different series so I that I would give his storytelling a try. I loved the pirate tale at the beginning. Very cool stuff. The dog was really interesting too. Overall, not too bad. Better than I was expecting. Not for me but well-written nevertheless. =)
Nov 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy people
Shelves: swashbuckling
This book is #2 in Jaques' new series, and it's cool.
Ben and Ned thought they would never go to sea again, but they do, with Raphael Thuron. After many adventures with him, the duo travel inland to battle against the Razan, who frankly sound creepy. Ben and Ned end up near the sea for the end. Good book!
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had this during my sophomore year when we were required to have this for our book report. It didn't cross my mind that I'll be loving this book. This is one of my favorites. An immortal child with his talking dog as his best friend... This book gave me adventure. Oh gosh, reminiscing it all makes me want to re-read it again :)
Jun 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
again with Brian Jacques, you cannot help but be drawn in and hooked on his writing. i think when i first read this book, i rushed it and did not appreciate it. this time however, i took my time and was able to absorb the details. i am very much looking forward to reading the final book in this series.
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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
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